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.

John 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:

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Publication Order of Prey/Lucas Davenport Books

Rules of Prey (1989)Description / Buy at
Shadow Prey (1990)Description / Buy at
Eyes of Prey (1991)Description / Buy at
Silent Prey (1992)Description / Buy at
Winter Prey (1993)Description / Buy at
Night Prey (1994)Description / Buy at
Mind Prey (1995)Description / Buy at
Sudden Prey (1996)Description / Buy at
Secret Prey (1998)Description / Buy at
Certain Prey (1999)Description / Buy at
Easy Prey (2000)Description / Buy at
Chosen Prey (2001)Description / Buy at
Mortal Prey (2002)Description / Buy at
Naked Prey (2003)Description / Buy at
Hidden Prey (2004)Description / Buy at
Broken Prey (2005)Description / Buy at
Invisible Prey (2007)Description / Buy at
Phantom Prey (2008)Description / Buy at
Wicked Prey (2009)Description / Buy at
Storm Prey (2010)Description / Buy at
Buried Prey (2011)Description / Buy at
Stolen Prey (2012)Description / Buy at
Silken Prey (2013)Description / Buy at
Field of Prey (2014)Description / Buy at
Gathering Prey (2015)Description / Buy at
Extreme Prey (2016)Description / Buy at
Golden Prey (2017)Description / Buy at
Twisted Prey (2018)Description / Buy at
Neon Prey (2019)Description / Buy at
Masked Prey (2020)Description / Buy at
Ocean Prey (2021)Description / Buy at
Righteous Prey (2022)Description / Buy at
Judgment Prey (2023)Description / Buy at
Toxic Prey (2024)Description / Buy at

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

Rhymes With Prey: Lincoln Rhyme vs. Lucas Davenport (With: Jeffery Deaver) (2014)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Letty Davenport Books

Publication Order of Kidd & LuEllen Books

The Fool's Run (1989)Description / Buy at
The Empress File (1991)Description / Buy at
The Devil's Code (2000)Description / Buy at
The Hanged Man's Song (2003)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Virgil Flowers Books

Publication Order of Singular Menace Books

(with Michele Cook)

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of The MatchUp Collection Books

Honor & ... (By: C.J. Box,Sandra Brown) (2017)Description / Buy at
Deserves to Be Dead (With: Lisa Jackson) (2017)Description / Buy at
Getaway (By: Lisa Scottoline,Nelson DeMille) (2017)Description / Buy at
Midnight Flame (By: Christopher Rice,Lara Adrian) (2018)Description / Buy at
Short Story (By: Karin Slaughter,Michael Koryta) (2019)Description / Buy at
Past Prologue (By: Diana Gabaldon,Steve Berry) (2019)Description / Buy at
Faking a Murderer (By: Lee Child,Kathy Reichs) (2019)Description / Buy at
Dig Here (By: Charlaine Harris,Andrew Gross) (2019)Description / Buy at
Taking the Veil (By: J.A. Jance,Eric Van Lustbader) (2019)Description / Buy at
Rambo on Their Minds (By: Gayle Lynds,David Morrell) (2019)Description / Buy at
Footloose (By: Val McDermid,Peter James) (2019)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Corinne Demas Picture Books

Nina's Waltz (By: Corinne Demas,Deborah Lanino) (2000)Description / Buy at
Hurricane! (By: Corinne Demas,Lenice Strohmeier) (2000)Description / Buy at
The Boy Who Was Generous With Salt (By: Michael Hays,Corinne Demas) (2002)Description / Buy at
Saying Goodbye to LuLu (By: Corinne Demas) (2004)Description / Buy at
Two Christmas Mice (By: Corinne Demas,Stephanie Roth Sisson) (2005)Description / Buy at
Yuck! Stuck In The Muck (By: Laura Rader,Corinne Demas) (2006)Description / Buy at
Valentine Surprise (By: R.W. Alley,Corinne Demas) (2007)Description / Buy at
Pirates Go to School (By: John Manders,Corinne Demas) (2011)Description / Buy at
Halloween Surprise (By: R.W. Alley,Corinne Demas) (2011)Description / Buy at
Does A Fiddler Crab Fiddle? (With: Corinne Demas,Artemis Roehrig) (2016)Description / Buy at
Are Pirates Polite? (By: David Catrow,Corinne Demas,Artemis Roehrig) (2016)Description / Buy at
Do Jellyfish Like Peanut Butter? (By: Ellen Shi,Corinne Demas,Artemis Roehrig) (2020)Description / Buy at
The Grumpy Pirate (By: Corinne Demas,Artemis Roehrig,Ashlyn Anstee) (2020)Description / Buy at
The Perfect Tree (By: Corinne Demas,Penelope Dullaghan) (2022)Description / Buy at
Once There Was (By: Corinne Demas,Gemma Capdevila) (2023)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

FaceOff(2014)Description / Buy at
MatchUp(2017)Description / Buy at
The Best American Mystery Stories 2017(2017)Description / Buy at

Notes: The Singular Menace series is written with Michele Cook. Rhymes with Prey is a short story written with Jeffery Deaver (co-starring Lincoln Rhyme) that originally appeared in the anthology FaceOff. The standalone novel Saturn Run was co-authored by Ctein. Non-fiction is written as John Camp.

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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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12 Responses to “Order of John Sandford Books”

  1. Michael Greslo: 9 months ago

    The Lucas Davenport series of novels is terrific as is his series of Virgil Flowers books, so engaging, they really grab hold of you and the well-placed humor is the icing on the cake.
    WHY are none of the books made into movies or series?


    • Graeme: 9 months ago

      A couple of them were adapted. Certain Pray in 2011 as a TV movie, Mind Prey in 1999 as a TV movie.


  2. Brendz: 2 years ago

    I was never much of a reader.My mother in law has a lot of books yours being some of them.One day I picked up a prey book,now I’m on # 19 of prey series. Love them.I found reading to be relaxing.Now I’m in barnesnnoble all the time.Thank you John sanford to opening my eyes to the joy of reading.


  3. John Motto: 3 years ago

    I got hooked on John Sandford from listening to ”
    Night Prey” while stuck in traffic for hours. I have
    been a loyal fan ever since.
    keep writing,
    John motto


  4. Donna Couch Conrad: 6 years ago

    All I can say is that if you are not reading Mr. Sanford’s books, you are missing out.


  5. Emmett's Pa Pa: 6 years ago

    All of Lucas Davenport Series are awesome, I’ve been following the Prey series since the beginning thanks to my brother Virgil and of course we had to keep up with “Virgil Flowers” too! Now the newest series “Uncaged” “Outraged” and “Rampage” who doesn’t want to know what’s going to happen with Shay?


  6. Foxhound: 9 years ago

    I just love Lucas Davenport but,more importantly,I love the way Sandford developed Virgil Flowers as a “minor” character into a MAJOR character & I now enjoy reading Flowers’ books more than Lucas….


  7. Danny Douglass: 9 years ago

    Do the Kidd novels need to be read in order?


    • Lajeanne Leveton: 3 years ago

      Yes, but just imo they aren’t as good as the “Prey” books or the Virgil Flowers books.


  8. C Rossi: 9 years ago

    I don’t understand about books that aren’t approved, and can’t be published, why.


  9. Kim: 11 years ago

    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!


  10. Zach M.: 11 years ago

    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.


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