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John Sandford

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John Sandford, real name John Roswell Camp (born February 23, 1944), is an American New York Times best-selling author, novelist, a former journalist and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. Early life Camp was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Anne Agnes (Barron) and Roswell Sandford Camp. His mother's family was German and Lithuanian. He received a bachelor's degree in American history and literature and a master's in journalism, both from the University of Iowa.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. 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 and the American Society of Newspaper Editors award for Non-Deadline Feature Writing. He worked part-time at the Pioneer Press in 1989 and left the next year. Camp is an avid fiction reader himself. When asked in 2018 "What's your favorite book of all time?" by the New York Times, he responded, "An impossible question. If you put a gun to my head—say a .40-caliber Walther PPQ, or maybe a .45 ACP Colt Gold Cup—I'd say The Once and Future King, by T. H. White." Both weapons he mentioned make appearances in many of his novels. Camp is a personal friend and hunting companion of fellow Minnesota author Chuck Logan. Fiction writer 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 sequels were published under John Sandford. In 2007, Camp started a third series (also under the name John Sandford), featuring Virgil Flowers, who is a supporting character in some of the "Prey" novels, including Invisible Prey and Storm Prey. Bibliography Prey series Lucas Davenport is the protagonist of the "Prey" series. In the first three novels, he is a maverick detective with the Minneapolis Police Department. At the end of Eyes of Prey, he's forced to resign to avoid excessive force charges, partly due to his knowledge of the connection of a senior police officer to that case. He returns in Night Prey as a deputy chief (a political appointment), running his own intelligence unit. Beginning with Naked Prey, Davenport is an investigator for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), acting occasionally as a special troubleshooter for the governor of Minnesota in politically sensitive cases. He serves in that capacity through Gathering Prey, at the end of which he quits working for the BCA, later becoming a United States marshal. The novel Mind Prey was sold for a TV movie, and Davenport was portrayed by Eriq LaSalle. Another of the novels, Certain Prey, was adapted into a movie in 2011 by USA Network starring Mark Harmon as Davenport. 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 0-399-14382-3 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 978-0-399-15421-8 Phantom Prey (2008) ISBN 978-0-399-15500-0 Wicked Prey (2009) ISBN 0-399-15567-8 Storm Prey (2010) ISBN 0-399-15649-6 Buried Prey (2011) ISBN 0-399-15738-7 Stolen Prey (2012) ISBN 0-399-15768-9 Silken Prey (2013) ISBN 0-399-15931-2 Field of Prey (2014) ISBN 0-399-16238-0 Gathering Prey (2015) ISBN 0-399-16879-6 Extreme Prey (2016) ISBN 978-0-399-17605-0 Golden Prey (April 25, 2017) ISBN 0-399-18457-0 Twisted Prey (April 24, 2018) ISBN 0-73521735-1 Neon Prey (April 23, 2019) ISBN 978-0525536581 Masked Prey (April 14, 2020) ISBN 978-0525539520 Ocean Prey (April 13, 2021) ISBN 978-0593087022Kidd series The Fool's Run (1989), by John Camp; reissued 1996 as by Sandford ISBN 0-8050-0990-6 The Empress File (1991), by John Camp; reissued 1995 as by Sandford ISBN 0-8050-1545-0 The Devil's Code (2000) ISBN 0-399-14650-4 The Hanged Man's Song (2003) ISBN 0-399-15139-7Kidd also has a prominent role in Silken Prey and Extreme Prey. Virgil Flowers series The protagonist of the series, Virgil Flowers, is described as tall, lean, late thirties, three times divorced, with long hair and often wears t-shirts featuring rock bands. Virgil works at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). Prior to the BCA he was in the Army and the military police, then the police in Saint Paul. Lucas Davenport, main character of the Prey series of books, recruited him into the BCA. Virgil is an avid outdoorsman who loves fishing, and is often towing his boat, even when on duty. He's also a writer for outdoor and hunting magazines, as well as a photographer. Dark of the Moon (2007) Heat Lightning (2008) Rough Country (2009) Bad Blood (2010) Shock Wave (2011) Mad River (2012) Storm Front (2013) Deadline (2014) Escape Clause (2016) Deep Freeze (October 17, 2017) Holy Ghost (October 2018) Bloody Genius (2019) Ocean Prey (April 13, 2021) ISBN 978-0593087022Singular Menace series (with Michele Cook) Uncaged (2014) ISBN 0-385-75306-3 Outrage (2015) ISBN 0-385-75309-8 Rampage (2016) ISBN 0-385-75313-6Other fiction books The Night Crew (1997) ISBN 0-399-14237-1 Dead Watch (2006) ISBN 0-399-15354-3 Saturn Run (with Ctein) science fiction (2015) ISBN 9780399176951; 0-399-17695-0 The Investigator (2022) ISBN 978-0593328682 — featuring Letty Davenport, daughter of Lucas Davenport of the "Prey" seriesShort stories "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 0-89296-017-5Nonfiction books The Eye and the Heart (1988) ISBN 0-8478-0888-2 Plastic Surgery (1989) ISBN 0-8050-0897-7 Murder in the Rough (2006)Awards and nominations 1986, Pulitzer Prize for Feature. Series of articles on Farming Family. Pioneer Press Dispatch 1986 Distinguished Writing Award. American Society of Newspaper Editors. 1980, Pulitzer Prize Nomination. Series of articles on Native Americans. St Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch References External links Official website Fantastic Fiction Author Page John Sandford at the Internet Book List Camp, John, 1944- at Library of Congress Authorities, with 3 catalog records Sandford, John, 1944 February 23- at Library of Congress Authorities, with 44 catalog records Works by or about John Sandford in libraries (WorldCat catalog)

Wicked Prey

Wicked Prey

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For twenty years, John Sandford's novels have been beloved for their "ingenious plots, vivid characters, crisp dialogue and endless surprises" (The Washington Post), and nowhere are t...

Rough Country

Rough Country

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The murder of a successful advertising executive leads Detective Virgil Flowers to the unlikely scene of the crime: a peaceful and bucolic wooded resort with as many suspects as it has se...

Sudden Prey

Sudden Prey

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“The stakes are high, the characters rich, the action relentless” (Publishers Weekly) in this Lucas Davenport novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandfo...

Silken Prey

Silken Prey

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Murder. Scandal. Politics. And one billionaire heiress so dangerous in so many ways. An explosive Lucas Davenport thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Joh...

Hidden Prey

Hidden Prey

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“One of the strongest in Sandford’s Prey series.”—Entertainment Weekly“Good, dark, perverse, bloody fun.”—The Washington Post Book World...

Stolen Prey

Stolen Prey

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A senseless slaughter leads Lucas Davenport down a twisted path in this thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author. Lucas Davenport has seen many ...

The Devil's Code

The Devil's Code

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When Kidd—artist, computer whiz, and professional criminal—learns of a colleague’s murder, he doesn’t buy the official story: that a jittery security guard caught the hacker r...

Dark of the Moon

Dark of the Moon

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The first Virgil Flowers novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford.“Virgil Flowers, introduced in bestseller Sandford’s Prey series, gets a ...

Winter Prey

Winter Prey

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It's the dead of winter, and a killer like no other is turning a small Wisconsin town into a death trap-one that's closing in on Lucas Davenport.

Righteous Prey

Righteous Prey

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Beloved heroes Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers are up against a powerful vigilante group with an eye on vengeance in a stunning new novel from #1 New York Times-bestselling auth...

Easy Prey

Easy Prey

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Lucas Davenport investigates an unsettling series of murders in this classic novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series—and this one is John Sandford “at ...

Certain Prey

Certain Prey

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“One of [the] best” (Orlando Sentinel) Lucas Davenport Novels—now with a New Introduction by the Author. Clara Rinker is twenty-eight, beautiful, charmin...

Heat Lightning

Heat Lightning

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Virgil Flowers hunts a killer responsible for a strange string of murders in this thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford.On a hot, humid s...

Ocean Prey

Ocean Prey

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Fan-favorite heroes Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers join forces on a deadly maritime case in the remarkable new novel from #1 New York Times-bestselling author John Sandford.

Secret Prey

Secret Prey

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A wealthy banker is dead, shot once in the chest during a hunting trip. There are many reasons for him to be killed, and many people who would do the deed. But who did?  Lucas Davenport...

Deadline

Deadline

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The thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times–bestselling series. In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an ...

Twisted Prey

Twisted Prey

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Lucas Davenport confronts an old nemesis, now a powerful U.S. senator, in this thrilling #1 New York Times-bestselling new novel in the Prey series.

Invisible Prey

Invisible Prey

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“A crackling addition to [the] Prey series” (Entertainment Weekly) from #1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford. In a wealthy M...

The Investigator

The Investigator

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Letty Davenport, the brilliant and tenacious adopted daughter of Lucas Davenport, takes the investigative reins in the newest thriller from #1 bestselling author John Sandford.

Phantom Prey

Phantom Prey

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“Chalk up another winner for [John Sandford] and his all-too-human hero” (Richmond Times-Dispatch) in the #1 New York Times bestselling Prey series. 

Mortal Prey

Mortal Prey

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Years ago, Lucas Davenport almost died at the hands of Clara Rinker, a pleasant, soft-spoken, low-key Southerner, and the best hitwoman in the business. Now retired and living in Mexico, she...

Holy Ghost

Holy Ghost

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Virgil Flowers investigates a miracle--and a murder--in the wickedly entertaining new thriller from the master of "pure reading pleasure" (Booklist)

Storm Front

Storm Front

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#1 New York Times Bestseller An ancient relic is unearthed during an archaeological dig. A Minnesota college professor is keeping a secret that could change the wor...

Shadow Prey

Shadow Prey

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A series of ritualistic murders committed across the United States draws Lucas Davenport into an unimaginable conspiracy of revenge in this “classic”(Boston Globe) thriller...

Gathering Prey

Gathering Prey

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A terrifying Lucas Davenport thriller from #1 New York Times–bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize–winner John Sandford. They call them Travelers. The...

The Empress File

The Empress File

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The ultimate con game thriller from the bestselling master of suspense, featuring the con artist team of Kidd and LuEllen.

Rules of Prey

Rules of Prey

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#1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford's “haunting, unforgettable, ice-blooded thriller”* that introduced Lucas Davenport...   The killer was m...

Storm Prey

Storm Prey

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When a simple robbery turns deadly, the thieves close in on the only witness: Lucas Davenport's wife...

Field of Prey

Field of Prey

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#1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford continues his phenomenal Prey series—and “for those who think they know everything they need to know about Lucas Davenport, [...

Naked Prey

Naked Prey

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The #1 New York Times bestselling Lucas Davenport novel from John Sandford.Two people are found hanging naked from a tree in the woods of northern Minnesota. What m...

Chosen Prey

Chosen Prey

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He seems like such a nice man. You’d never guess what was going on in his mind…Art history professor James Qatar has a hobby: he takes secret photographs of women to fuel mor...

Night Prey

Night Prey

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A savage psychopath is playing cat and mouse with Lucas Davenport. But both killer and detective find themselves at odds with a female investigator who has intensely personal reasons for cat...

Escape Clause

Escape Clause

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Whenever you hear the sky rumble, that usually means a storm. In Virgil Flowers’ case, make that two. The exceptional new thriller from the writer whose books are “pure reading...

The Hanged Man's Song

The Hanged Man's Song

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“Hard-boiled computer hacker Kidd and his sometime girlfriend LuEllen make for a refreshingly roguish couple” (Entertainment Weekly). Now they’re back in #1 New York Times bestselli...

Eyes of Prey

Eyes of Prey

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Lucas Davenport, "one of the best hard-case cops on the crime scene today" (Houston Post) returns in John Sandford's #1 New York Times bestselling Prey series...

Golden Prey

Golden Prey

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERLucas Davenport’s first case as a U.S. Marshal sends him into uncharted territory in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times

Shock Wave

Shock Wave

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A billion-dollar superstore has its sights set on a small Minnesota river town for its next outlet. Two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and ...

Deep Freeze

Deep Freeze

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Class reunions: a time for memories—good, bad, and, as Virgil Flowers is about to find out, deadly—in this New York Times bestselling thriller from John Sandford. 

Bad Blood

Bad Blood

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The fourth thrilling novel in #1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford's Virgil Flowers series.Two bodies in two days. One is murder. The other is suicide...

Silent Prey

Silent Prey

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Make noise for a new Prey package and new author introduction! Dr. Mike Bekker, a psychotic pathologist, is back on the streets, doing what he does best—murdering one he...

Buried Prey

Buried Prey

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For twenty-five years the unsolved kidnapping of two young girls has haunted Minneapolis homicide detective Lucas Davenport. Today, the bodies have been found. Today, he returns to a crim...

Bloody Genius

Bloody Genius

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Virgil Flowers will have to watch his back--and his mouth--as he investigates a college culture war turned deadly in another one of Sandford's "madly entertaining Virgil Flowers mysteries...

Masked Prey

Masked Prey

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Lucas Davenport investigates a vitriolic blog that seems to be targeting the children of U.S. politicians in the latest thriller by #1 New York Times-bestselling author John Sandf...

Mind Prey

Mind Prey

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Lucas Davenport has met his match-a brilliant, wanton killer who knows more about mind games than Lucas himself. This man is more depraved and intelligent than anybody Lucas has tracked be...

The Fool's Run

The Fool's Run

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John Sandford, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Prey novels gives suspense an ingenious twist as he takes readers into the mind games of two irresistible con art...

Broken Prey

Broken Prey

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Don't miss this “sexy, bloody thriller"(Publishers Weekly) in #1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford's Prey series...The first body is of a you...

Mad River

Mad River

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They were average kids looking for something to do. Today they started killing people.A modern-day Bonnie and Clyde are on the run through rural Mi...

Neon Prey

Neon Prey

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Lucas Davenport tracks a prolific serial killer in this nail-biting #1 New York Times-bestseller from John Sandford.Clayton Deese looks like a small-time criminal, ...

Saturn Run

Saturn Run

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“Fans of Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers will eat this up.” --Stephen KingFor fans of THE MARTIAN, an extraordinary new thriller of the future from #1 New Yo...

Extreme Prey

Extreme Prey

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An extraordinary Lucas Davenport thriller from #1 New York Times–bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner John Sandford.   After the events in Ga...