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Mortal Prey
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John Sandford is the pseudonym of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of the Prey novels, the Kidd novels, the Virgil Flowers novels, The Night Crew, and Dead Watch. He lives in New Mexico.

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Lucas Davenport ends up joining forces with a hit woman who came perilously close to doing him in. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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." Davenport is, of course, a marvelous if unorthodox cop from Minneapolis, starring here in his 13th Prey offering, which finds creator Sandford operating at top efficiency and in high style. Clara Rinker, the hit woman extraordinaire who slipped out of Davenport's grasp in 1999's Certain Prey, is now back on the prowl, looking for revenge against old enemies from Kansas City who killed her fianc and shot her in the gut. The bullet spared her life, but not that of her baby. The FBI, knowing she's headed to Missouri, assembles a huge team of shirt-and-tie, laptop-carrying agents, but also taps Davenport to make the trip. Sure enough, Rinker starts knocking off old business partners in creative ways, making the tech-minded FBI look foolish. It's only Davenport and his feet-on-the-street savvy that finally rope Rinker into a furious pursuit and showdown. 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. Longtime fans should take note that changes are ahead for Davenport. He's marrying his sweetie, Dr. Weather Karkinnen, and they're having a kid. He's also about to leave the city police force, following his boss, Rose Marie Roux, to a job with the state police. (May) Forecast: List veteran Sandford should score high on the charts with his latest a BOMC, Literary Guild and Mystery Guild main selection particularly as it features a showdown between hero Davenport and the original villain of the series. Sandford has just finished touring with his friend Chuck Logan (Absolute Zero) and will embark on his own multi-city tour in May. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Praise for John Sandford's Prey Novels

"Relentlessly swift...genuinely suspenseful...excellent."--Los Angeles Times

"Sandford is a writer in control of his craft."--Chicago Sun-Times

"Excellent...compelling...everything works."--USA Today "Grip-you-by-the-throat thrills...a hell of a ride."--Houston Chronicle

"Crackling, page-turning tension...great scary fun."--The New York Daily News "Enough pulse-pounding, page-turning excitement to keep you up way past bedtime."--Minneapolis Star Tribune "One of the most engaging characters in contemporary fiction."--Detroit News

"Positively chilling."--St. Petersburg Times "Just right for fans of The Silence of the Lambs."--Booklist

"One of the most horrible villains this side of Hannibal."--Richmond Times-Dispatch "Ice-pick chills...excruciatingly tense...a double-pumped roundhouse of a thriller."--Kirkus Reviews

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