Simon & Schuster £10.00
Reviewed by Keith Miles
|There are thirteen novels to date in
Sandford's impressive PREY series and this one is among the most
arresting. Lucas Davenport has the best possible reason to continue his
pursuit of Clara Rinker. The ace hitwoman almost killed him. A quiet
Southerner with an unassuming manner, Rinker is famous for her ability
to disappear from sight. In Mortal Prey, she does so once more,
retiring from the business to live in Mexico with her new boyfriend, son
of a ruthless druglord. When her boyfriend is shot by a sniper, the
druglord vows revenge, but Rinker knows that she was the intended
target. She flees back to the States from Mexico. Davenport is drafted
in by the FBI and DEA to run her to ground, and the chase starts. Since
he's about to get married, Davenport believes that his fiancée
would appreciate having him out of the way during the last-minute
preparations, but he comes close to being permanently out of the way.
While she tracks down her boyfriend's killer, Clara Rinker is
simultaneously pursued by her old bosses in the St Louis mob, the
Mexican druglord and the combined forces of US law enforcement, often at
loggerheads with each other. Davenport is only one of the hounds in the
pack, and it's a dangerous place to be.
The pace is fast and furious but carefully controlled, with surprises at every turn. Lucas Davenport learns new things about the phantom who has eluded him for so long. What makes the book so interesting is the way that Sandford retains sympathy for the prey as well as for the hunter, showing the darker side of Rinker's career and yet somehow making the reader want her to escape. Crisp dialogue, a multi-faceted plot and an expert knowledge of firearms make this another terrific entry in the series.