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4.00017061934823 out of 54.00017061934823 out of 54.00017061934823 out of 54.00017061934823 out of 54.00017061934823 out of 5 4.00 (5,861 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Sandford Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Prey Series Release Date:
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Clara Rinker is a southerner, trim, pleasant, attractive—and the best hit woman in the business. She isn’t showy, not like 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 another, until they’re all gone.

Lucas thinks the case is worrisome enough, but he has no idea of the toll it is about to take on him. For of the many criminals he has hunted during his life, none has been as efficient or as ferociously intelligent as the one who is about to start hunting him—and none knows so well what his weak spots are … and how to penetrate them.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pulse-pounding, page-turning excitement.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Pulse-pounding, page-turning excitement."—Minneapolis Star Tribune

    "One of his best."—Orlando Sentinel

  • “One of his best.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “A fast and furious ride. Fans of previous Prey books will find Davenport a little older, a little more wary, but no less sharp-witted and determined…Awonderfully crafted thriller, possibly one of the best of 1999. Certain Prey cements Sandford’s standing among such luminaries as James Lee Burke, Lawrence Block, and Thomas Harris.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Clever plotting, sure pacing, and fully rounded villains…Rich in authentic detail…A swift, satisfying entry in a series with long, muscular legs.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sandford’s Prey novels continue to attract widespread critical and popular acclaim. This tenth in the series won’t change the pattern…Sandford keeps the level of suspense dizzyingly high…but what sets this story apart is his examination of the odd friendship between cold-blooded killers Clara and Carmel. Also stellar is his ability to show Clara’s human side—to the point where readers may (guiltily) find themselves rooting for her.”


  • “After ten thrillers in his series about Minneapolis cop Lucas Davenport, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist John Camp, writing under his Sandford pen name, hits a home run over the curve of the earth as the brilliantly swift Certain Prey sinks a meat hook under the reader’s jaw on page one and never lets up…Top suspense.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by loveagoodthriller | 9/30/2016

    " I never miss a Prey book, and this one is especially good. The 10th of the Prey series, Lucas is hunting for a hired killer, and truly, just kind of stumbles onto her true identity. She is amazing, cool, calm, and very good at simple disguises. Her business set-uo is simple, and this may be one of the reasons Lucas has trouble identifying her. That and she is a woman! Well worth reading - see if Lucas can catch her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liz DeMarco | 2/19/2014

    " great story, love Lucas...and the killers being women is always a nice twist. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Tracy | 2/19/2014

    " After about 60 pages, I have decided to stop reading this one. I really wasn't sure about it when I began reading, but did give it till 50 pages, and it seemed interesting enough to keep going after that. But today I got to a very graphic scene where one of the female characters is attacking the man who tried to blackmail her with a power drill. After reading that "pieces of white bone and black blood" came out of the wound, I flinched violently and put the book down. Obviously just not for me. I only really wanted to give this book a try because they had recently made a TV movie about it with Mark Harmon as Lucas Davenport. I guess I should have been warned right away by the graphic rape scene that opens the book, but as I mentioned, I wanted to see where I stood after 50 pages, because the writing is very good, it's image driven and vivid, so I'm disappointed that I can't continue it because I might throw up if I have to read any more scenes like those. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jon | 2/8/2014

    " This is the 10th in the Lucas Davenport series. I have read more than half of the series, but not in order. This one stands out as one of my favorites. This is the book that introduces Clara Rinker who reappears in Mortal Prey. It also introduces another great character named Carmell. This is a great place to start if you are new to the series. "

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