John Sandford is the best selling author of many novels, ranging in genre from thriller, mystery, young adult, science fiction, and non-fiction. After being a reporter in the Army, he became a reporter for two papers for almost twenty years.
Order of John Sandford Standalone Novels
|1||The Night Crew||1997||Description / Buy|
|2||Dead Watch||2006||Description / Buy|
|3||Rhymes With Prey: Lincoln Rhyme vs. Lucas Davenport (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|4||Saturn Run||2015||Description / Buy|
Order of Kidd & LuEllen Series
|1||The Fool's Run||1989||Description / Buy|
|2||The Empress File||1991||Description / Buy|
|3||The Devil's Code||2000||Description / Buy|
|4||The Hanged Man's Song||2003||Description / Buy|
|5||John Sandford||2012||Description / Buy|
Order of Lucas Davenport Series
|1||Rules of Prey||1989||Description / Buy|
|2||Shadow Prey||1990||Description / Buy|
|3||Eyes of Prey||1991||Description / Buy|
|4||Silent Prey||1992||Description / Buy|
|5||Winter Prey||1993||Description / Buy|
|6||Night Prey||1994||Description / Buy|
|7||Mind Prey||1995||Description / Buy|
|8||Sudden Prey||1996||Description / Buy|
|9||Secret Prey||1998||Description / Buy|
|10||Certain Prey||1999||Description / Buy|
|11||Easy Prey||2000||Description / Buy|
|12||Chosen Prey||2001||Description / Buy|
|13||Mortal Prey||2002||Description / Buy|
|14||Naked Prey||2003||Description / Buy|
|15||Hidden Prey||2004||Description / Buy|
|16||Broken Prey||2005||Description / Buy|
|17||Invisible Prey||2007||Description / Buy|
|18||Phantom Prey||2008||Description / Buy|
|19||Wicked Prey||2009||Description / Buy|
|20||Storm Prey||2010||Description / Buy|
|21||Buried Prey||2011||Description / Buy|
|22||Stolen Prey||2012||Description / Buy|
|23||Silken Prey||2013||Description / Buy|
|24||Field of Prey||2014||Description / Buy|
|25||Gathering Prey||2015||Description / Buy|
|26||Extreme Prey||2016||Description / Buy|
|27||Golden Prey||2017||Description / Buy|
|28||Twisted Prey||2018||Description / Buy|
|29||Neon Prey||2019||Description / Buy|
Order of Singular Menace Series
|1||Uncaged||2014||Description / Buy|
|2||Outrage||2015||Description / Buy|
|3||Rampage||2016||Description / Buy|
Order of Virgil Flowers Series
|1||Dark of the Moon||2004||Description / Buy|
|2||Heat Lightning||2008||Description / Buy|
|3||Rough Country||2009||Description / Buy|
|4||Bad Blood||2010||Description / Buy|
|5||Shock Wave||2011||Description / Buy|
|6||Mad River||2012||Description / Buy|
|7||Storm Front||2013||Description / Buy|
|8||Deadline||2014||Description / Buy|
|9||Escape Clause||2016||Description / Buy|
|10||Deep Freeze||2017||Description / Buy|
|11||Holy Ghost||2018||Description / Buy|
|1||The Best American Mystery Stories 2017||2017||Description / Buy|
He said that after working as a reporter in St. Paul for a short time, he found that there was very little that could happen to report on and got burnt out on it. So he started writing fictional stories to try and start another career. He has not entirely quit journalism, he still writes a few articles for certain things. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa. He was born on February 23, 1944. He was married to his wife, Susan Lee Jones from 1966 until her death in May of 2007; she died of breast cancer. Together, they had two kids (Roswell and Emily), who have three kids of their own. He would remarry in 2013 to Michele Cook, who is a screenwriter and journalist. They live together in New Mexico and Wisconsin.
Sandford has spent most of his career writing the “Prey” series. And he has also written the “Kidd & LuEllen” series, the “Virgil Flowers” series, and the “Singular Menace” trilogy (with wife Michele Cook). The “Prey” series, “Kidd” series, and “Virgil Flowers” series all take place in one universe, because the three lead characters detective Lucas Davenport (“Prey” series), computer expert/ artist Kidd (“Kidd” series), and Virgil Flowers (“Virgil Flowers” series) have all appeared in the ‘Prey” series. Virgil Flowers started out as a character in the “Prey” series, and when he became popular, Sandford started writing novels with him as the main character. He has also written some stand alone novels (including one with Ctein) and some non fiction books.
CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF JOHN SANDFORD’S BOOKS:
The chronological order of all John Sandford novels in each series are the same as the publication order of them.
JOHN SANDFORD AWARDS:
John Sandford is a Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist (he was nominated for another in 1980). He won the prize in 1986 for articles that he wrote about a farming family over the course of a year. Ten years later, he wrote a follow up story on the farming family to talk about what they had been up to since he stopped documenting their life.
He also won the the Distinguished Writing Award of the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1985.
JOHN SANDFORD’S BOOKS INTO MOVIES/TELEVISION:
There have been two made for TV movies made from his works. The first one was in 1999 called Mind Prey. it featured Eriq La Salle as Lucas Davenport. The other made for TV movie was Certain Prey, which came out in 2011. This one starred Mark Harmon as Davenport.
BEST JOHN SANDFORD BOOKS:
John Sandford has written some great novels in his time, but some have stood out more for fans. Two of the books that Sandford is most known for are “Certain Prey” and “Eyes of Prey”. Two of his most known villains are found in these two books; and would later get their own sequels to conclude their arcs.
Certain Prey: introduces readers to villain Carmel Rinker. She would later appear in “Mortal Prey”. Readers feel sympathetic (and even like her, in some cases) towards her because she was raped and later took care of the man who raped her. She is a villain because she is a killer. Over the course of the events in “Certain Prey”, she becomes friends with a lawyer. Of the reviews on Amazon, 63% of them were five star reviews.
Eyes of Prey: This one features villain Dr. Bekker (who would return in “Silent Prey”). Unlike Rinker, Dr. Bekker is not someone fans like. He has been compared to Hannibal Lecter for the way that he kills his victims. Davenport, after working some nasty cases, is not quite a hundred percent to solve the case, that starts out with a woman being murdered. The only clue that Lucas can work with at the beginning is that a troll looking man with a scarred face was seen near the crime scene. Of the reviews on Amazon, 66% were five star reviews.
Bad Blood: In addition to the Prey series, John Sandford has also written the Virgil Flowers series which has gotten excellent reviews from fans and reviewers alike. It is a spin-off from the main Lucas Davenport/Prety series and stars Virgil Flowers as a thrice-divorced, affable member of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Many fans think Bad Blood is the book where Virgil Flowers really starts to match Lucas Davenport in terms of story quality and intrigue. The story begins with a young man just out of high school murdering a local farmer, trying to make it look like an accident. When he is arrested for the crime, he’s found dead in his jail cell under very fishy circumstances and no one knows why he did the original crime. It’s on Virgil to figure out why and solve the case in this book filled with twists and exciting action scene.
Deep Freeze: The most recent Virgil Flowers book is also one of the best in the series. This one takes the theme of High School being murder and taking it to it’s extreme. A 25-year high school reunion is coming up in a small Minnesota town and a woman has been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. In order to figure out who did it, Virgil must ingratiate himself with the class and dig in to years of drama, bad blood and feuds. This is beloved by most fans and has some of the funnier elements of any Virgil Flowers book.
When Does The Next John Sandford book come out?
John Sandford doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Neon Prey and was released on April, 23rd 2019. It is the newest book in the Lucas Davenport Series.