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Book Title: Mortal Prey|
The author of the book: John Sandford
Date of issue: April 29th 2003
ISBN 13: 9780425189863
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 510 KB
Edition: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Read full description of the books Mortal Prey:Lucas Davenport is one busy fellow with an upcoming wedding to his pregnant girlfriend, a new house in the final phases of construction and a lot of political scheming to be done that makes sure that the top positions within the Minneapolis police get filled by people he trusts as he gets ready to leave the department for a position with state law enforcement. Even though Lucas' plate is pretty damn full, when he gets a call from the FBI about Clara Rinker he drops everything else to give chase.
Clara used to be a hit woman with over two dozen kills to her name, and she and Davenport fought each other to a draw the last time they tangled. Living a new life in Mexico, Clara had been happily hooked up with a man she loved and was carrying his child. Unfortunately, Clara’s old mob employers in St. Louis had found her and dispatch a hired gun. The attempt leaves the boyfriend and baby dead, and Clara very, very angry.
The hit on Clara exposed her real identity, and since Lucas is the only cop who had any luck at tracking her down, the FBI recruits him for the hunt which takes them from Mexico to St. Louis. As Clara plans her revenge on the men responsible for the attack on her, Davenport tries to figure out a way to catch one of the smartest and deadliest foes he’s ever faced.
Clara Rinker is probably the most memorable villain of the Prey novels so it’s no surprise that Sandford brought her back for an encore. Part of what makes her different from the rest of the in this series is that she’s about the only Davenport adversary that you ever sympathize with. Rinker wasn’t born bad, she was made that way through abuse, but even though she’s a ruthless killer, she’s also a woman who tried to leave that behind only to suffer more losses. Plus, she’s smart, tough, funny and just downright likeable. Sandford does a nice job of bringing you to the brink of actively rooting for her only to slap the reader in the face with occasional reminders that Clara is capable of cold blooded murder against innocent people.
Lucas’s attitude towards Clara is also different than any one else he’d ever go after. You can tell that he admires her on some level, but he never loses sight of what she is and the need to stop her. Her planning skills make her the perfect foil for Lucas and the devious traps he concocts to catch the bad guys. (view spoiler)[It’s a nice bit that Davenport turns Clara’s nature against her in his most brilliant manipulation ever by using his own wedding as bait, and the aftermath offers a rare moment of self-recrimination where Lucas observes that he beat Clara because she was a romantic at heart. She couldn’t believe anyone would be so cynical as to turn their wedding day into a trap, and she underestimated what a bastard he really is. It’s also great that one of his biggest triumphs is a bittersweet victory with Lucas actually shedding some tears for Clara after he sees her body. He won, but he doesn’t feel very good about it. (hide spoiler)]
Another element to like about this one is that Lucas is operating in St. Louis for most of the book so he’s off his own turf. Davenport has had a long standing contempt for the FBI (That he generally refers to as the Feebs.) and there’s a nice clash with him getting fed up with their high handed attitude and them wanting to sit around a conference table while he wants to hit the streets and operate. He can come up with more info after talking to a group of retired St. Louis cops over some beers than the Feds do in the entire book, and you get the sense that the old reporter Sandford is no fan of government bureaucracy.
This is among the very best of the Prey novels thanks to the return of one of its best villains. I’d highly recommend reading Certain Prey before this one because the recapping of those events in this one would completely spoil it.
Next: Lucas gets a new job in Naked Prey.
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John Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa. He was in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian from 1968-1970, and went back to the University of Iowa from 1970-1971, where he received a master's degree in journalism. He was a reporter for The Miami Herald from 1971-78, and then a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press from 1978-1990; in 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis. From 1990 to the present he has written thriller novels. He's also the author of two non-fiction books, one on plastic surgery and one on art. He is the principal financial backer of a major archeological project in the Jordan Valley of Israel, with a website at www.rehov.org In addition to archaeology, he is deeply interested in art (painting) and photography. He both hunts and fishes. He has two children, Roswell and Emily, and one grandson, Benjamin. His wife, Susan, died of metastasized breast cancer in May, 2007, and is greatly missed.
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