John Sandford is an American novelist who is best known for his excellent Prey series, along with the popular Kidd and Virgil Flowers series. In addition to these book series, he has written a couple of standalone novels as well.

Sandford is not only a best-selling author, but he is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist under his real name of John Roswell Camp. Although his books are usually published under the Sandford pseudonym, he has been published under the name John Camp as well earlier in his career. Below is a list of John Sandford’s novels in order of when they were published:

Publication Order of Prey/Lucas Davenport Books


Rules of Prey(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shadow Prey(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Eyes of Prey(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Silent Prey(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Winter Prey(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Night Prey(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mind Prey(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sudden Prey(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Secret Prey(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Certain Prey(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Easy Prey(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chosen Prey(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mortal Prey(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Naked Prey(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hidden Prey(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Broken Prey(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Invisible Prey(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Phantom Prey(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wicked Prey(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Storm Prey(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Buried Prey(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stolen Prey(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Silken Prey(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Field of Prey(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Kidd Books


The Fool's Run(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Empress File(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Devil's Code(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hanged Man's Song(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Virgil Flowers Books


Dark of the Moon(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Heat Lightning(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rough Country(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bad Blood(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shock Wave(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mad River(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Storm Front(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


The Night Crew(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Watch(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

If You Like John Sandford Books, You’ll Love…

John Sandford Synopses: In Silent Prey (book 4 of the Prey series), An old nemesis of Lt. Davenport’s has broken out of jail (and rather easily too). As bodies keep piling up, Davenport must come to Manhattan in order to assist with the investigation. Also, Davenport goes undercover in order to help nab a vigilante gang responsible for the death of a cop as well as many others.

In Dead Watch, John Winter is selected to investigate the death of a former Republican senator, who had a notable enemy in the governor of Virginia. Was Governor Goodman responsible for his rival’s murder or is it all a set up in order to shoot down the governor’s hopes of becoming president?

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John Sandford Reviews:

Submitted by Ted L.

John Sandford is a journalist from America. He also goes by John Roswell Camp. Why does he go by a different name? This is because the dates of two novels named “The Fool’s Run” and “Rules of Prey” were so close together that they said it’s advisable not to debut and release two novels in that short of time. A pseudonym had to be used for one of his books since the other was sold under the John Camp name. Mr. Sandford has won several awards during his career one being the Pulitzer Price in 1986 and the other being the Distinguished Writing Award of Newspaper Editors in 1985.
Camp has published over thirty one novels and all were in the New York Best sellers list. These novels were all formatted different ways. He also wrote two non fiction books, one is about art and the other is about cosmetic surgery. Some of his books has been interpreted in European, Japanese and Korean languages.

John Sandford has been affiliated with the Albright Institue of Archaeological Research and he’s also been responsible for a significant anthroplogy dig in Israel. He has been the financial supporter of an archaelogical project called the Beth-Shean Valley Archaeological Project. John was a reporter and editor at “The Miami Herald” and an anchor and writer from 1978-1990 for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Today he now and then will do a little journalism. He was also part of an Air Assault Battalion during the Iraq War. John also spent two years serving the army after he graduated from UIOWA (University of Iowa). His service then was spent in Korea.

Born on February 23, 1944 in Iowa, he was a student at a Catholic school and he also went to public schools. When Sandford graduated college, he graduated with a master’s degree in Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. He soon met his wife Susan Lee Jones and they married in 1966; they have two children Emily Curtis and Roswell Camp. His wife later passed away of breast cancer in early 2007. Along with archaeology, he is very involved with photography and art painting. You will see that once in a blue moon he will write articles about the two. He likes to read history and is involved ina variety of outdoor sports such as skiing, hunting, canoeing and fishing.

So what are some novels that have been written by Mr. Sandford? There are several series that have been released. Some have asked how many were written before one was approved.This question is important for most amateur authors and writers. There are a variety of books that have been written such as the Prey series. Some of them are: “Winter Prey”, “Wicked Prey”, “Mortal Prey”, “Night Prey”, and “Mind Prey”. There are sixteen other novels within this series as well. He also has the Kidd series, Virgil Flowers, other novels such as the “Night Crew” and “Dead Watch”. When purchasing his books there is an “Order of John Sandford Books”. Some people may read his books out of order for instance his Prey series. All of his series are written in chronological order.

The Prey series is about a wealthy detective (Lucas Davenport), who attained his wealth by creating acute computer games. From the start, he works with the police department as a lieutenant but later hands in his resignation. He still helps the department with their more formidable cases. Lucas knows how to play mind games, and with his criminal mastermind, this makes him a great asset to solving crimes. This is just one of many examples of Sandford’s great work. As you get further into his series, things begin to change. It’s highly suggested that if you enjoy reading plot twists, you should start reading him today because you will be in for a treat.

Just be sure before you start to read these books that the “Order of John Sandford Books” are in the correct order. You don’t want to skip around and miss parts of the stories that may be crucial to understanding.
Two novels that were written were not approved before “The Fools Run”. One of them was called “The Chippewa Zoo” which was a near future science fiction novel. The other was called “The Wheel Key Number” and this was a realistic detective story. Neither of these will ever be published. “Silken Prey” has been his latest book which will be released sometime in May of 2013. After that he plans to begin his 24th novel of the Prey series. There is also another book on the way of the Virgil Flower series that will possibly be released late October of 2013. John Sandford has always been an outstanding author and always seems to amaze his audience. Be sure to be on the lookout for the books that will be released this year!


  • Zach M.

    John Sandford is, in my opinion, the best detective/murder-mystery/ novelist of all time. If you read one of his books in the Prey series, I can just about guarantee you will read them all. Fantastic books with witty dialogue and flowing, easy to read prose make these books hard to put down. It is interesting to see how his characters develop and change throughout the series; and after reading a few of his Prey novels, you really come to care about the characters and want to know how their lives might come to change in the next book of the series. Some of his Prey novels are naturally better than others, but every single one of them will leave you satisfied with the book itself and hungry to read more.

  • Kim

    John Sandford is my favorite author! His books are so well written and his characters are always interesting. Especially Lucas Davenport and now, Virgil Flowers. I recommend reading the Prey series in order as Lucas Davenport’ s life continues in each one. Of course, some are better then others but they are all worth reading. John Sandford gets five stars from me and if I could give him a hundred-I would!