Mortal Prey Book Summary and Study Guide

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Lucas teams up with FBI agents to track down Clara Rinker, a retired assassin, who summarily dishes out revenge to those responsible for killing her child and lover. Lucas has a somewhat personal interest in this one because he actually has seen and danced with this nearly invisible assassin.
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    Several minor plots are flowing throughout. Lucas and Weather are building a house, having a baby, and planning a wedding. Lucas notices that a "could be" romance is developing between two of the agents he is working with. He tries to give the romance a gentle shove by offering a little "advice."

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Putnam, May 2002, 26.95, 368 pp.
ISBN 0399148639

    Lucas Davenport is going through several changes in his life right now. Not only is he building his dream home, but also he and a pregnant Weather are planning their wedding with a new administration coming into office. Lucas, a political appointee, plans to follow his boss to state law enforcement. It almost comes as a relief when he learns that one of the perpetrators who once outwitted him is back in town.

    Lucas throws himself head first into the apprehension of hit woman Clara Rinker. She was retired and living down in Mexico when her former syndicate employees order a hit on her but instead kill her lover and their unborn child. She intends to avenge the deaths and she won't let anyone stop her, including the relentless Lucas Davenport.

    John Sanford does for police procedurals what John Grisham did for legal thrillers. The action starts on the very first page and continues at warp speed until the last page is turned. One watches the fascinating Clara Rinker, a black widow spider, totally enthralled yet repulsed at the same time. MORTAL PREY is definitely the best book in a strong and series.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   on the run from the law Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   vigilante getting revenge Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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