John Sandford

John Sandford

John Sandford also writes as: John Camp.

Recent/Upcoming John Sandford Books

April 9th, 2024: Toxic Prey

Book Notification is an Amazon Associate and eBay Partner. If you click on a book title it will take you to Amazon or your default book store where you can read more about the book or purchase it. We earn money from qualifying purchases.

John Sandford Stats: The highest rated book by John Sandford on Book Notification is Twisted Prey, the 28th novel in the Prey/Lucas Davenport series. The second-highest rated book is Naked Prey (Prey/Lucas Davenport #14).

The most read book by John Sandford on Book Notification is Rules of Prey, the first novel in the Prey/Lucas Davenport series. The second most read book is Shadow Prey (Prey/Lucas Davenport #2).

Below is a complete list of John Sandford books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series. The most popular series by John Sandford is the Prey/Lucas Davenport Series.

List of Prey/Lucas Davenport Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
8.3
Rules of Prey
1989
2
8
Shadow Prey
1990
3
8.3
Eyes of Prey
1991
4
8.6
Silent Prey
1992
5
8.7
Winter Prey
1993
6
8.4
Night Prey
1994
7
8.5
Mind Prey
1995
8
8.3
Sudden Prey
1996
9
8.5
Secret Prey
1998
10
8.5
Certain Prey
1999
11
8
Easy Prey
2000
12
8.5
Chosen Prey
2001
13
8.8
Mortal Prey
2002
14
8.9
Naked Prey
2003
15
8.1
Hidden Prey
2004
16
8.6
Broken Prey
2005
17
8.6
Invisible Prey
2007
18
8.3
Phantom Prey
2008
19
8.6
Wicked Prey
2009
20
8.9
Storm Prey
2010
21
8.7
Buried Prey
2011
22
8.1
Stolen Prey
2012
23
8.6
Silken Prey
2013
24
8.8
Field of Prey
2014
25
8.7
Gathering Prey
2015
26
8.4
Extreme Prey
2016
27
8
Golden Prey
2017
28
9
Twisted Prey
2018
29
8.6
Neon Prey
2019
30
8.3
Masked Prey
2020
31
8.6
Ocean Prey
2021
32
8.6
Righteous Prey
2022
33
8.4
Judgment Prey
2023
34
7.9
Toxic Prey
2024

List of Lucas Davenport vs. Lincoln Rhyme Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Letty Davenport Books in Publication Order

List of Kidd & LuEllen Books in Publication Order

List of Virgil Flowers Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
7.7
Dark of the Moon
2004
2
7.9
Heat Lightning
2008
3
8.2
Rough Country
2009
4
8.1
Bad Blood
2010
5
8.5
Shock Wave
2011
6
8.1
Mad River
2012
7
7.7
Storm Front
2013
8
8.5
Deadline
2014
9
8.4
Escape Clause
2016
10
8.4
Deep Freeze
2017
11
8.4
Holy Ghost
2018
12
8.6
Bloody Genius
2019
13
8.6
Ocean Prey
2021
14
8.6
Righteous Prey
2022
15
8.4
Judgment Prey
2023

List of Singular Menace Books in Publication Order (with Michele Cook)

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of The MatchUp Collection Books in Publication Order

The MatchUp Collection is a series of short stories where famous authors team up their well-known characters, such as Temperance Brennan and Jack Reacher in the same story.

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
Honor & ... (By: C.J. Box, Sandra Brown)
2017
2
8
Deserves to Be Dead (With: Lisa Jackson)
2017
3
92017
4
Midnight Flame (By: Christopher Rice, Lara Adrian)
2018
5
Short Story (By: Karin Slaughter, Michael Koryta)
2019
6
Past Prologue (By: Diana Gabaldon, Steve Berry)
2019
7
9
Faking a Murderer (By: Lee Child, Kathy Reichs)
2019
8
2019
9
Taking the Veil (By: J.A. Jance, Eric Van Lustbader)
2019
10
Rambo on Their Minds (By: Gayle Lynds, David Morrell)
2019
11
Footloose (By: Val McDermid, Peter James)
2019
Show All Books in this Series

List of Corinne Demas Picture Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
Nina's Waltz (By: Corinne Demas, Deborah Lanino)
Nina's Waltz (By: Corinne Demas, Deborah Lanino)
2000
2
Hurricane! (By: Corinne Demas, Lenice Strohmeier)
Hurricane! (By: Corinne Demas, Lenice Strohmeier)
2000
3
The Boy Who Was Generous With Salt (By: Michael Hays, Corinne Demas)
2002
4
8
Saying Goodbye to LuLu (By: Corinne Demas)
2004
5
Two Christmas Mice (By: Corinne Demas, Stephanie Roth Sisson)
Two Christmas Mice (By: Corinne Demas, Stephanie Roth Sisson)
2005
6
Yuck! Stuck In The Muck (By: Laura Rader, Corinne Demas)
2006
7
Valentine Surprise (By: R.W. Alley, Corinne Demas)
2007
8
Pirates Go to School (By: John Manders, Corinne Demas)
2011
9
Halloween Surprise (By: R.W. Alley, Corinne Demas)
2011
10
Does A Fiddler Crab Fiddle? (With: Corinne Demas, Artemis Roehrig)
2016
11
Are Pirates Polite? (By: David Catrow, Corinne Demas, Artemis Roehrig)
Are Pirates Polite? (By: David Catrow, Corinne Demas, Artemis Roehrig)
2016
12
Do Jellyfish Like Peanut Butter? (By: Ellen Shi, Corinne Demas, Artemis Roehrig)
Do Jellyfish Like Peanut Butter? (By: Ellen Shi, Corinne Demas, Artemis Roehrig)
2020
13
The Grumpy Pirate (By: Corinne Demas, Artemis Roehrig, Ashlyn Anstee)
The Grumpy Pirate (By: Corinne Demas, Artemis Roehrig, Ashlyn Anstee)
2020
14
The Perfect Tree (By: Corinne Demas, Penelope Dullaghan)
The Perfect Tree (By: Corinne Demas, Penelope Dullaghan)
2022
15
Once There Was (By: Corinne Demas, Gemma Capdevila)
Once There Was (By: Corinne Demas, Gemma Capdevila)
2023
Show All Books in this Series

List of John Sandford Anthologies in Publication Order

John Sandford: Biography

John Sandford (John Roswell Camp) was born on February 23rd, 1944 and is currently 80 years old. John Sandford was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA. Sandford attended University of Iowa where he received a B.A. American history and Literature and University of Iowa where he received an M.A. Journalism.

John Sandford is the author of the Prey/Lucas Davenport series which currently consists of 34 novels. The Prey/Lucas Davenport series started in 1989 with the novel Rules of Prey. The most recently released novel in the Prey/Lucas Davenport series was Toxic Prey which was released in 2024. There are no upcoming novels for the Prey/Lucas Davenport series.

John Sandford (John Roswell Camp) has also written the Virgil Flowers series which has 15 books including Dark of the Moon and Heat Lightning.

John Sandford has a wife who is also an author, Michele Cook. John Sandford has co-authored 3 novels with Michele Cook they are: Uncaged, Outrage and Rampage.

John Sandford: Awards & Accolades

John Sandford won the International Thriller Writers Award, Thrillermaster, in 2019.

Sandford's book, Bad Blood won the International Thriller Writers Award, Best Hardcover Novel, in 2011.

John Sandford books have also been nominated for multiple awards, Mortal Prey was nominated for the Audie Award, Best Male Narrator, in 2003. Buried Prey was nominated for the Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller, in 2011. FaceOff was nominated for the Anthony Award, Best Anthology / Collection, in 2015. Gathering Prey was nominated for the Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller, in 2015. Golden Prey was nominated for the Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller, in 2017.

John Sandford: Lists & Other Mentions

  • Easy Prey was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2000.
  • Chosen Prey was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2001.
  • Naked Prey was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2003.
  • Wicked Prey was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2009.
  • Storm Front was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2013.
  • Gathering Prey was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2015.
  • Extreme Prey was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2016.
  • Escape Clause was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2016.
  • Golden Prey was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2017.
  • Twisted Prey was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2018.
  • Holy Ghost was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2018.
  • Neon Prey was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2019.
  • Masked Prey was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2020.
  • Ocean Prey was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2021.
  • Bloody Genius was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2022.
  • The Investigator was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2022.
  • Righteous Prey was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2022.
  • Dark Angel was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2023.
  • Judgment Prey was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2023.
  • Toxic Prey was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2024.

John Sandford: TV/Movies Based on Books

Two of John Sandfords novels have been made into TV movies. The first one was Mind Prey in 1999. It was directed by D.J. Caruso and starred Eriq La Salle as Lucas Davenport. Titus Welliver also started in it.

The next movie based on a book by John Sandford was Certain Prey. It was released in 2011 and starred Mark Harmon as Lucas Davenport. This was also a movie made for TV.

Related Authors

The most common authors followed by users who also follow John Sandford are:

  1. Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch Series.
  2. Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher Series.
  3. David Baldacci, author of the Amos Decker Series.
  4. John Grisham, author of the Jake Brigance Series.
  5. Harlan Coben, author of the Myron Bolitar Series.

John Sandford: F.A.Q

When was John Sandford Born? How old is John Sandford?

John Sandford was born on February 23rd, 1944. John Sandford is currently 80 years old.

Where was John Sandford Born?

John Sandford was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA and is American.

What awards has John Sandford won?

John Sandford has won the following awards: Thrillermaster at the International Thriller Writers Award (2019).

What book awards has John Sandford won?

Sandford's book, Bad Blood won the award International Thriller Writers Award, Best Hardcover Novel, in 2011.

What was the first book John Sandford wrote?

The first novel written by John Sandford was Rules of Prey, published in 1989.

What was the most recent book John Sandford wrote?

His most recently released work was Toxic Prey on April 9th, 2024.

Will there be any more books by John Sandford?

John Sandford does not have any upcoming books with a set publication date within the next few months at this time.

How many books has John Sandford written?

John Sandford has written 59 books across 11 series.
  • 34 books in the Prey/Lucas Davenport Series
  • 1 Lucas Davenport vs. Lincoln Rhyme Short Stories/Novellas
  • 3 books in the Letty Davenport Series
  • 2 books in the Kidd & LuEllen Series
  • 15 books in the Virgil Flowers Series
  • 3 books in the Singular Menace Series
  • 3 Standalone Novels
  • 1 book in The MatchUp Collection Series
  • 1 Corinne Demas Picture Books

Have a Question?

    Author Discussion


    Subscribe
    Notify of
    guest

    22 Comments
    Oldest
    Newest Most Voted
    Inline Feedbacks
    View all comments
    Austin D.
    Austin D.
    2 years ago

    I was introduced to John Sandford’s work because my mother read his stuff, and got me into him too.

    I started with what I believe is the best of the series, “Certain Prey”. The relationship the hitwoman and lawyer have together was just great, and the assassin’s back story was excellent.

    It was great how he would develop the villains and showed exactly why they killed people. He spent a lot of time fleshing them out, which made the novels that much more fascinating to read.

    Favorite series by Sandford was the Kidd books. I’d start one and finish it quickly. I don’t see how these aren’t more popular with his fans.

    Edgar A.
    Edgar A.
    2 years ago

    John Sandford is an author whose works I have been reading for several years now. I have read the entire Prey series and watched and rewatched the Mind Prey movie when it came out.
    I have also read the entire Flowers series and I am currently reading through the Kidd books which I have found to be surprisingly good even if they do not have as much of a reputation as Sandford’s other works.
    John Sandford is a writer with the exceptional ability to carry over his plot elements and characters through a series while still allowing everything to develop in unexpected and interesting but natural ways.
    I have read and reread the Prey series with great pleasure as I always find something interesting to nibble at each time. I find that the unexpected plots and fast paced narratives makes me read fast the first time around and it is only on the second or third read that I can slow down and really enjoy the story.

    Andrew M.
    Andrew M.
    2 years ago

    I have to admit that I was almost sure that no one could be Lucas Davenport’s competitor but Virgil came close.
    ‘Prey’ series was excellent and just when I was searching for another dark mystery book I came across Virgil Flowers and it ever disappointed.
    I loved the serial killer thriller thanks to its rural Minnesota setting and the introduction of lovable detective Virgil Flowers.
    Flowers displays the hard-nosed realism in most of the tough situations he finds himself in.
    The mystery was full of twists and turning that kept me guessing.
    I’m looking forward to reading more of Sandford’s work in future.

    Kyler F
    Kyler F
    2 years ago

    John Sandford’s long running Prey series has been a favorite of mine for a while now, since I randomly picked up one of the earlier books in the series. Since that time, I have read almost every other installment in the series, as well as tried the spin-off with Virgil Flowers. Even this far in, Sandford manages to keep the characters fresh and the writing taut, meaning that even the new books still capture the feeling of the early ones, so that a new reader can jump into the series at any point and get the same quality of writing. There have been a couple of TV movies made of his work, but neither was particularly notable unfortunately; hopefully this will change in the future. 

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    John Sandford’s Prey series reminds me of a TV show whose title continues to elude me. The protagonist was a wealthy detective who became a millionaire after suing the city. He was played by the guy from Billions. I think the same actor appeared in Homeland.

    I cannot remember the name of the show, no matter how hard I try. Initially, I thought it was inspired by the Prey series because detective Lucas Davenport, the hero, is also wealthy.

    If the two are unconnected, they should give Davenport a TV show. The concept makes sense. Most fictional detectives are poor. They have to play by the rules because they can’t afford to get fired. I wouldn’t mind watching a show where the detective has more money than he could ever spend in one lifetime.

    ken
    ken
    Reply to  Michael K.
    14 days ago

    if you haven’t already found the answer: the TV series you’re thinking of, with damian lewis, is called “life.”
    although, interestingly enough, your description reminded me of another, older TV show with george peppard called “banacek,”
    like you, would love to see somebody make a good TV show based on john sandford’s “prey” series. the two TV movies were awful.

    Last edited 14 days ago by ken
    Judi Marro
    Judi Marro
    7 months ago

    I enjoy seeing John Sanford each year at the Tucson Festival of Books.

    mngirlco
    mngirlco
    7 months ago

    I was introduced to Lucas Davenport when I was living in CO. What caught my attention immediately was that the book was set in MN. I am originally from Minnesota and could immediately picture the locals in the book. Since then I have read all of the Prey series, Kidd books, and Flowers series. I have read several of stand alone books as well. Waiting right now for Judgement Prey.

    LaVada Roufs
    LaVada Roufs
    7 months ago

    When you read John Sandford, you are in for a ride! Being a resident of MN. makes him feel like family. I haven’t missed many of his books and may he live a long time because when I need a Sandford fix – I really need one! (And now the hubbie is hooked too)

    Cindy M
    Cindy M
    7 months ago

    l initially enjoyed John Sandford’s ‘prey’ book series but after awhile they became redundant and predictable. I haven’t read him in awhile so maybe I need to give him another chance. He definitely is a quick read….

    Cindy M
    Cindy M
    7 months ago

    The Virgil Flowers books were my favorite series. Very quick read. He’s also very easy to read and follow in his story lines.

    mngirlco
    mngirlco
    6 months ago

    Love the Prey series and Flowers as well. The current book Judgement Prey, used a phrase that was totally out of the norm for the Lucas character. “his adopted daughter” it’s a statement that was totally unnecessary. His character would never think in that way or ever introduce her that way and new readers could care less.

    Jungleed
    Jungleed
    5 months ago

    Finished Judgment Prey two days ago and the Cooper woman was much like Davenport. Did like the ending and would love to see this character along with Melton in future books. Also anxious for the next Letty novel as well.

    azangie
    azangie
    4 months ago

    John Sandford is one of my go to authors. Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers are 2 of his excellent characters. Many of the Davenport books take place in St. Paul/Minneapolis, which happens to be my hometown so I recognize many of the locals.

    Julia pimentel
    Julia pimentel
    4 months ago

    Had the opportunity to ser mr sandford at sn author discussion at the tucson book fair – a real treat!

    Ruth Richman
    Ruth Richman
    4 months ago

    I have a friend in Minnesota with all the Sandford titles in hardcover. When I first saw them there were half as many as now and that was still a heft collection. I had not read any and I avoided him for several more years. who knows really why, perhaps I knew that when I started time was going to become very tight for doing much else. I mostly read digitally getting books from two libraries. Neither are large systems so I have not completed Sandford yet. He is incredibly prolific and inventive in his plots and character dialog. I see from the lists here that I am only halfway through the Virgil Flowers series and will need to join an online book site to catch up! They are excellent audio books and as I drive every day they are welcome companions.

    cpottsy71
    cpottsy71
    4 months ago

    The Prey books are an outstanding series that follow a strong protagonist. While the bad guys kind of blur into each other after a while, the detective steps toward catching him make the books worthwhile. The earliest works are by far the best. Do yourself a favor and start from the beginning.

    LRH900
    LRH900
    2 months ago

    John Sandford is my favorite author. I have read almost all of his books and loved everyone of them. The reason I say almost is I am not sure if I have missed any. Searching now to see if I missed any.

    Tom
    Tom
    1 month ago

    Back to reading a few of his books. It’s been a long time. “The Investigator” seems worthwhile so far.

    Pam
    Pam
    28 days ago

    I’m not sure how long I’ve been reading John Sanford – pertained in the paperback era, then always bought the hardbacks as soon as they were out. Now, it’s digital. I cringe a little when I say I “enjoy” the books as they are bad people doing bad things, but then it works out okay – bumps, bruises, blood, death, notwithstanding. One can’t be squeamish when reading this genre. Hope to enjoy many more in the years to come.

    Jim Benson
    Jim Benson
    21 days ago

    I, too, have read all the ‘Prey,’ Flowers, Kidd, and Letty books. Mystery, adventure, and laugh out loud moments have me addicted to them.

    D McKinney
    D McKinney
    16 days ago

    I have read every last one of John Sandford’s books. Just finished “Toxic Prey” and it was one of his best. He never disappoints, no matter the character.

    Book Notification is an Amazon Associate. Book links to Amazon, eBay and other book stores are affiliate links, and we earn money from any qualifying purchases.

    Welcome to Book Notification!

    Are we missing any books or looking for an author that isn't on the site? Have any feedback or ideas that will enhance your experience? Contact us below.


      To see what we are currently working on as well as some of our future plans, see our road map.
      Monthly Contest
      affiliate disclaimer

      We are giving away 10 $25 gift cards. Every time you comment on an author page in the Author Discussion section at the bottom, you are entered into the sweepstakes. So get commenting! Winners announced in the next newsletter.


      Upcoming Books
      May 19
      TTOBAH

      Written by J. Bree

      May 19
      May 19
      Popular Authors:
      Todays Most Followed Authors:
      Skip to content