John Sandford (novelist)

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For other people of the same name, see John Camp (disambiguation).
For other people of the same name, see John Sandford (disambiguation).

John Sandford, real name John Roswell Camp (born February 23, 1944), is an American novelist and former journalist.[1]

Early life[edit]

Camp was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Anne Agnes (Barron) and Roswell Sandford Camp.[2][3] His mother's family was German and Lithuanian.[4] He received a Bachelor's in American History and a Master's in Journalism from the University of Iowa.[5]

From 1971 to 1978, Camp wrote for The Miami Herald. In 1978, he moved to Minneapolis and started writing for The Saint Paul Pioneer Press as a features reporter; in 1980 he became a daily columnist. That year he was a Pulitzer finalist for a series of stories on Native American culture.[6] In 1985, during the Midwest farm crisis, he wrote a series entitled "Life on the Land: an American farm family", which followed a typical southwest Minnesota farm family through the course of a full year. For that work, he won the annual Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing[6] and the American Society of Newspaper Editors award for Non-Deadline Feature Writing. He worked part-time at the Pioneer Press in 1989[7] and left the next year.

Fiction writer[edit]

In 1989, Camp wrote two novels that would each spawn a popular series. The Fool's Run (Kidd series) was published under his own name, but the publisher asked him to provide a pseudonym for Rules of Prey (Prey series) so it was published under the name "John Sandford". After the Prey series proved to be more popular, with its charismatic protagonist Lucas Davenport, The Fool's Run and all of its subsequent sequels have been published under John Sandford.

In 2007, Camp started a third series, featuring Virgil Flowers, who was a supporting character in some of the Prey novels, including Invisible Prey and Storm Prey.


Prey series[edit]

  1. Rules of Prey (1989) ISBN 0-399-13465-4
  2. Shadow Prey (1990) ISBN 0-399-13543-X
  3. Eyes of Prey (1991) ISBN 0-399-13629-0
  4. Silent Prey (1992) ISBN 0-399-13742-4
  5. Winter Prey (1993) ISBN 0-399-13815-3
  6. Night Prey (1994) ISBN 0-399-13914-1
  7. Mind Prey (1995) ISBN 0-399-14009-3
  8. Sudden Prey (1996) ISBN 0-399-14138-3
  9. Secret Prey (1998) ISBN 0-399-14382-3
  10. Certain Prey (1999) ISBN 0-399-14496-X
  11. Easy Prey (2000) ISBN 0-399-14613-X
  12. Chosen Prey (2001) ISBN 0-399-14728-4
  13. Mortal Prey (2002) ISBN 0-399-14863-9
  14. Naked Prey (2003) ISBN 0-399-15043-9
  15. Hidden Prey (2004) ISBN 0-399-15180-X
  16. Broken Prey (2005) ISBN 0-399-15272-5
  17. Invisible Prey (2007) ISBN 978-0-399-15421-8
  18. Phantom Prey (2008) ISBN 978-0-399-15500-0
  19. Wicked Prey (2009) ISBN 0-399-15567-8
  20. Storm Prey (2010) ISBN 0-399-15649-6[8]
  21. Buried Prey (2011) ISBN 0-399-15738-7
  22. Stolen Prey (2012) ISBN 0-399-15768-9
  23. Silken Prey (2013) ISBN 0-399-15931-2
  24. Field of Prey (2014) ISBN 0-399-16238-0
  25. Gathering Prey (April 28, 2015) ISBN 0-399-16879-6
  26. Extreme Prey (April 26, 2016)

Kidd series[edit]

  1. The Fool's Run (1989), by John Camp; reissued 1996 as by Sandford ISBN 0-8050-0990-6
  2. The Empress File (1991), by John Camp; reissued 1995 as by Sandford ISBN 0-8050-1545-0
  3. The Devil's Code (2000) ISBN 0-399-14650-4
  4. The Hanged Man's Song (2003) ISBN 0-399-15139-7

Kidd also has a prominent role in Silken Prey.

Virgil Flowers series[edit]

  1. Dark of the Moon (2007) ISBN 0-399-15477-9
  2. Heat Lightning (2008) ISBN 978-0-399-15527-7
  3. Rough Country (2009) ISBN 0-399-15598-8
  4. Bad Blood (2010) ISBN 0-399-15690-9
  5. Shock Wave (2011) ISBN 0-399-15769-7
  6. Mad River (2012) ISBN 0-399-15770-0
  7. Storm Front (2013) ISBN 0-399-15930-4
  8. Deadline (2014) ISBN 0-399-16237-2

Singular Menace series[edit]

  1. Uncaged (2014) ISBN 0-385-75306-3
  2. Outrage (with Michele Cook) (July 14, 2015) ISBN 0385753098

Other fiction books[edit]

Short stories[edit]

  • "Lucy Had a List". Published in Murder in the Rough: Original Tales of Bad Shots, Terrible Lies, and Other Deadly Handicaps from Today's Great Writers (2006), a short story anthology by notable authors, the fourth title in the sports mystery series edited by Otto Penzler. ISBN 0-89296-017-5

Nonfiction books[edit]


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