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Certain Prey

by John Sandford

May 10, 1999 | Hardcover

Certain Prey is rated 4 out of 5 by 6.
Now Davenport confronts an entirely new kind of adversary. Her name is Clara Rinker, a Southern woman, trim, pleasant, attractive -- and the best hitwoman in the business. She isn't showy, not one of those movie killers; she just goes quietly about her business, collects her money and goes home.

It's when she's hired for a job in Minnesota that things become complicated for her. A defense attorney wants a rival eliminated, and that's fine. But then a witness survives, the attorney starts acting weird, this big cop Davenport gets on her case, and loose ends begin popping up faster than a sweater unraveling. Clara hates loose ends, and knows of only one way to deal with them: You start cutting them off, one after the other, until they're all gone.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 6 × 9 × 0.98 in

Published: May 10, 1999

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 039914496X

ISBN - 13: 9780399144967

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from not the best in the series Carmel Loan gets whatever she wants and she wants Hale Allen. A pesky little detail is that he is already married to a wealthy socialite. Carmel is an intelligent, beautiful and driven lawyer. Carmel contacts a former client and arranges for a 'hit'. Clara Rinker is a petite and attractive Southern bar owner who happens to be the mafia's best professional killer. She comes to do her job and it should be a walk in the park but an innocent policeman comes to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets shot also. Enter Lucas Davenport. He not only makes the connection between Carmel and the 'hit' but also starts to find out about the hit man. When Carmel and Clara join forces to eliminate some witnesses the killing spree escalates and soon even Lucas is in their sights. The Prey books are not really a who-done-it but a how will justice be served series of books. They are excellent but this time I felt the connection between Carmel and the murders was intuition at best and not based on investigation or testimony. A bit too far from just plain good police work for me.
Date published: 2011-07-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unsatisfying I started reading this because at the time I had nothing better to do. Admittedly, those probably aren't the best circumstances to read a book, but once I started reading, the villain of the novel hooked me in. Sadly, the rest of the book didn't live up to the expectations. It's not very often that you read a book and find yourself hoping that the villain will make it. Why? Because she's just that darn cool! There were plot holes left open, probably to be filled later on in the series, but in Dan Brown style the endings were so over-the-top they felt like they should have been conveyed in some other medium. The car chases and shoot-outs were better suited to a Michael Bay movie. If you want a book that has a villain to root for, then this is a great book, but it was a poor introduction to John Sandford's novels.
Date published: 2010-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the BEST antagonists I admit, I'm catching up on a backlog of reading, and am devouring Mr. Sandford's last few Prey books a little bass-ackwards. Just finished this particular Davenport book, and although the middle sagged JUST a little, I have to admit it was only because the first third was so nail-bitingly brilliant! Never have I been so thrilled by two antagonists, and NEVER have I found myself rooting for them. An EXTREMELY satisfying ending...and I'm champing at the bit to dive into Mortal Prey for a revisit! Thank you, Mr. Sandford. A real writer's-writer. You inspire.
Date published: 2003-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Certain Prey An excellent read. I couldn't put it down! I will definitely be reading more John Sandford in the future.
Date published: 2003-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! Well written, fast moving, thriller with well developed characters. The pace keeps you tuned in and reading all night. The central players are both believeable and instill a certain empathy. I will definitely read more of this author's work.
Date published: 2000-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from certain prey, john sanford This is by far one of the best suspense thrillers I've read. I'll guarantee you that you won't put it down. Non-stop rollercoaster ride that'll make you feel sorry, angry, happy and relieved.
Date published: 2000-03-30

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Certain Prey

by John Sandford

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 6 × 9 × 0.98 in

Published: May 10, 1999

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 039914496X

ISBN - 13: 9780399144967

From the Publisher

Now Davenport confronts an entirely new kind of adversary. Her name is Clara Rinker, a Southern woman, trim, pleasant, attractive -- and the best hitwoman in the business. She isn't showy, not one of those movie killers; she just goes quietly about her business, collects her money and goes home.

It's when she's hired for a job in Minnesota that things become complicated for her. A defense attorney wants a rival eliminated, and that's fine. But then a witness survives, the attorney starts acting weird, this big cop Davenport gets on her case, and loose ends begin popping up faster than a sweater unraveling. Clara hates loose ends, and knows of only one way to deal with them: You start cutting them off, one after the other, until they're all gone.

About the Author

John Sandford is a writer and journalist. The name is the pseudonym of John Roswell Camp. Camp was born on February 23, 1944 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He earned a degree in American history from Iowa State University before entering the U.S. Army. After leaving the service, Camp earned a master's degree in journalism. Camp served in Korea and worked for a newspaper. After the military, Camp worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Perryville, Missouri. During the 1970s, Camp worked at The Miami Herald, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press & Dispatch. In 1985, Camp began researching the lives of a farm family caught in the midst of the crisis of American farming. The article, "Life on the Land: An American Farm Family," won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing and the American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for Non-Deadline Feature Writing. After winning the Pulitzer, Camp began writing fiction including The Fool's Run and Rules of Prey. Camp, working under the Sandford name contributes occasionally to the Pioneer Press and has written nonfiction works on plastic surgery and art.

From Our Editors

When southern belle-cum-hitwoman, Clara Rinker, takes a job to kill a Minnesota defense attorney's opponent, it starts a wave of 'eliminations' that has Officer Lucas Davenport stumped. Prone to the charms of a southern drawl mixed with brains and beauty, Davenport soon finds himself entangled in the provocative web this woman weaves. Clara is not your average femme fatale and getting away with cold-blooded murder is her area of expertise. But, then again, Davenport isn't your average cop and, like it or not, Clara may find herself in cuffs before too long.... John Sandford's Certain Prey is one of his most edgy and suspenseful thrillers yet.
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