Mortal Prey by John Sandford
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
From Goodreads.com: Years ago, Lucas
Davenport almost died at the hands of Clara Rinker, a pleasant,
soft-spoken, low-key Southerner, and the best hit-woman 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 fiancee 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....
Hit woman Clara Rinker (book #10) is back with a vengeance, methodically doling out revenge on old contacts in St. Louis, MO, for the murder of her Latino boyfriend and unborn baby. The change of venue was good - like the "Murder, She Wrote" TV series, you can have only so many big crimes in one metropolitan area.
And, like a typical Sandford/Davenport book, the criminal is one step ahead of the FBI and Lucas for 2/3 of the book. She knows not to get caught on a phone trace, she slips through surveillance like my dog escaping from the kennel (with ingenuity and determination), and leaves no trace behind. When I hit the halfway point of the book, I noticed I was just ticking off chapters/CD's until I could get to the end.
This selection left me underwhelmed and a significant skip in the CD at integral plot point ended leaving me somewhat confused through part of the book. I wasn't really wild about Clara in book 10 and even less than thrilled in book 13. Ultimately I found the plot and ending predictable from Chapter 1 despite the skip on the CD. Not my favorite Davenport book.
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