Synopses & Reviews
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 fiancée 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.
"It's the little things about Lucas Davenport that make him such a kick to follow: his ruminations about why a public bus smells like urine, his fear that a cell phone won't work in the bathroom 'with all the tile.'...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
"[S]ignificant is his portrayal of the symbiotic relationship between great cops and great criminals: neither could exist without the other because there would be no standard against which to judge their accomplishments. Davenport and Rinker may not be the equal of Holmes and Moriarity but certainly belong in the family portrait." Booklist
"A startling tale, Mortal Prey brings to life the complex workings and inner psychology of high-priced killing." New York Daily News
"Like the best writers in this genre...Sandford evokes his netherworld with authentic-sounding dialogue and meticulous details." Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"[T]he brilliant Prey series reaches 13 with nary a sign of dross on its gloss....Vivid cast, bristling action, neat surprisesand it's funny.Probably the cop novel of the year." Kirkus Reviews
In Sandford's 13th "Prey" novel, Lucas Davenport encounters his old nemesis, Clara Rinker, the best hitwoman in the business. The FBI and DEA draft Davenport to track her down--but the St. Louis mob, a Mexican druglord, and the sometimes warring forces of U.S. law enforcement are all trying to beat him to the punch.
About the Author
John Sandford is the pseudonym of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. He received his B.A. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, and received his first training as a journalist and reporter when he was in Korea for 15 months working for his base paper. Camp has written thirteen books in the bestselling "Prey" series under the name John Sandford. With the "Prey" series, Sandford has displayed a brilliance of characterization and pace that has earned him wide praise and made the books national bestsellers.