John Sandford (novelist)

John Sandford (novelist)

John Sandford (born John Roswell Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling novelist. He worked for the Miami Herald from 1971 to 1978. In 1978 he moved to Minneapolis and started working for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1980, for a series of stories on Native American culture. In 1986 he won the Pulitzer for Non-Deadline Feature Writing for a series of stories collectively titled "Life on the Land: An American Farm Family". The series, written during the midwest farm crisis, followed a typical southwest Minnesota farm family through the course of a full year. He stopped writing full-time for the Pioneer Press in 1989, although he didn't stop entirely until the next year. He began to take an interest in novel writing, he eventually wrote two novels that would become the starts of his two best-selling series. First came "The Fool's Run" of the Kidd series, then "Rules of Prey" a detective story for the Prey series.

When both novels were accepted and due to be published three months apart, the publisher asked John to provide a pseudonym for "Rules of Prey". "The Fool's Run" was published under the name "John Camp", while "Rules of Prey" was published under the name "John Sandford". After the Prey series, with the charismatic protagonist Lucas Davenport, proved to be more popular, "The Fool's Run" and all of its subsequent sequels have been published under the "Sandford" name.

Sandford's most recent novel is the non-series book "Dark of the Moon"; its protagonist, Virgil Flowers, was a supporting character in "Invisible Prey". It was published in Fall of 2007. Sandford will release a new Lucas Davenport novel titled Phantom Prey in May 2008.


Prey series

*Rules of Prey (1989) ISBN 0-399-13465-4
*Shadow Prey (1990) ISBN 0-399-13543-X
*Eyes of Prey (1991) ISBN 0-399-13629-0
*Silent Prey (1992) ISBN 0-399-13742-4
*Winter Prey (1993) ISBN 0-399-13815-3
*Night Prey (1994) ISBN 0-399-13914-1
*Mind Prey (1995) ISBN 0-399-14009-3
*Sudden Prey (1996) ISBN 0-399-14138-3
*Secret Prey (1998) ISBN 0-399-13465-4
*Certain Prey (1999) ISBN 0-399-14496-X
*Easy Prey (2000) ISBN 0-399-14613-X
*Chosen Prey (2001) ISBN 0-399-14728-4
*Mortal Prey (2002) ISBN 0-399-14863-9
*Naked Prey (2003) ISBN 0-399-15043-9
*Hidden Prey (2004) ISBN 0-399-15180-X
*Broken Prey (2005) ISBN 0-399-15272-5
*Invisible Prey (2007) ISBN 978-0399154218
*Phantom Prey (2008) ISBN 978-0-399-15500-0

Kidd series

*The Fool's Run (1989, reissued 1996 under the Sandford name) ISBN 0-8050-0990-6
*The Empress File (1991, reissued 1995 under the Sandford name) ISBN 0-8050-1545-0
*The Devil's Code (2000) ISBN 0-399-14650-4
*The Hanged Man's Song (2003) ISBN 0-399-15139-7

Virgil Flower Series

*Dark of the Moon (2007) ISBN 0-399-15477-9
*Heat Lightning (2008) ISBN 0-399-15527-9

Other books

*The Night Crew (1997) ISBN 0-399-14237-1
*Dead Watch (2006) ISBN 0-399-15354-3
*Murder in the Rough (2006) ISBN 0-89296-017-5 (short stories anthology)

Nonfiction books

*The Eye of the Heart (1988) ISBN 0-8478-0888-2
*Plastic Surgery (1989) ISBN 0-8050-0897-7

External links

* [ John Sandford Official site]

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