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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mortal Prey by John Sandford (Davenport #13)

Mortal Prey (Lucas Davenport, #13)Mortal Prey by John Sandford

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

From 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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