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Publisher's Summary

Years ago, Lucas Davenport almost died at the hands of Clara Rinker, a pleasant, soft-spoken, low-key Southerner, and the best hitwoman in the business. Now retired and living in Mexico, she nearly dies herself when a sniper kills her boyfriend, the son of a local druglord, and while the boy's father vows vengeance, Rinker knows something he doesn't: The boy wasn't the target, she was, and now she is going to have to disappear to find the killer herself. The FBI and DEA draft Davenport to help track her down, and with his fiance deep in wedding preparations, he's really just as happy to go, but he has no idea what he's getting into. For Rinker is as unpredictable as ever, and between her, her old bosses in the St. Louis mob, the Mexican druglord, and the combined, sometimes warring, forces of U.S. law enforcement, this is one case that will get more dangerous as it goes along. And when the crossfire comes, anyone standing in the middle won't stand a chance.
Filled with the rich characterization and exceptional drama that are his hallmarks, Mortal Prey proves that John Sandford just keeps getting better.
Hear Lucas Davenport on the case in more of John Sandford's Prey novels.
©2002 John Sandford (P)2002 Putnam Berkley Audio, a member of Penguin Putnam, Inc., and Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Sandford's eye for the tell-all character quirk remains finely tuned, as does his deadpan humor, rivaled by few in the crime-drama ranks." (Publishers Weekly)
"With lyrical Southern accents and charm, Eric Conger transports the listener to the Deep South as he dramatizes Sandford's latest suspense-filled thriller." (AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ted on 03-10-17


WOW! OK.... That's a word every reviewer should avoid.... Yet...

This is the Best Lucas Davenport novel ever.... EVER!!! And I reeeeeeely liked each of the earlier 12. But of course I'm writing a glowing review of "Mortal Prey" because it's twists are so fiendishly clever that well, I'm not going to get John Sanford PO'd at me. No way.

Stuff just keeps on coming out of the Sanford chute and I dare you to duck every time. What makes it so edge-of-your-seat gripping is that Sanford is a devilishly smart craftsman. He doesn't waste a period in "Mortal Prey". And he seduces you into... Well damn, I can't tell you without a spoiler. But you will find your Clara Rinker sympathies molded by this guy like... Well, you ever see people who make butter sculptures? I mean, who the H molds butter???? The stuff's got no useful shelf life. Those things are almost gone before they're finished yet some of them are amazing and....

(SLAP!) Allright! Stop. I'm digressing. But the point is that this novel's better planned than a NYC skyscraper. YOU WILL GET YOUR MONEY's WORTH! And I hope all of that is complimentary enough because Sandford absolutely proves in "Mortal Prey" that if you get this guy perturbed well, he can plan a cunningly ghastly revenge. So 15 stars... count 'em... 15!

While I totally appreciate Richard Ferrone's dramatic sense, I sort of wish he could do accents better, particularly Spanish. Still he is Lucas Davenport and no substitute will do

I know it's overused... In fact when it comes to reviewing, "WOW!" is the opiate of the unimaginative, but still, as I listened to "We hope you've enjoyed..." What kept banging around in my head was...


BTW: I Did something stupid. Erroneously I posted this review to "Chosen Prey" which at this time I have yet to listen to. Audible has nicely taken that erroneous posting to "Chosen Prey" down and I intend to review it whenever I get to that book. Sanford, over the years, has done a lot of prey-ing. However, If this caused anyone confusion... sorry. When stupidity is sufficient explanation... Why look farther, huh?

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Leroy Valle on 07-27-06

Great Story

This book is one of my favorite "Shoot-Em-Up" stories. It held my interest from the start as it kept moving the reader along with no pauses.
I recommend this book to action listeners.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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