Creator / John Sandford

John Sandford is the pen name of John Camp, Pullitzer-winning reporter, who decided to branch out into crime novels. Unusually, he had two debut novels, The Fool's Run featuring Kidd, a computer hacker, and Rules of Prey featuring Lucas Davenport, a hard-nosed detective. To avoid the gaffe of having two debut novels and to appease the two separate publishers he'd sold the stories to, he published Rules of Prey under a pen name of John Sandford and The Fool's Run under John Camp, his real name. Currently, all of his books are released under his pen name. He has a website run by his son which includes a substantial amount of reference material on what went into individual stories and how they evolved.

His fiction works include:

The Prey Series featuring Lucas Davenport

  • Rules of Prey
  • Shadow Prey
  • Eyes of Prey
  • Silent Prey
  • Winter Prey
  • Night Prey
  • Mind Prey
  • Sudden Prey
  • Secret Prey
  • Certain Prey
  • Easy Prey
  • Chosen Prey
  • Mortal Prey
  • Naked Prey
  • Hidden Prey
  • Broken Prey
  • Invisible Prey
  • Phantom Prey
  • Wicked Prey
  • Storm Prey
  • Buried Prey
  • Stolen Prey
  • Silken Prey

The Kidd Series featuring Kidd

  • The Fool's Run
  • The Empress File
  • The Devil's Code
  • The Hanged Man's Song

The Virgil Flowers Series featuring Virgil Flowers

  • Dark of the Moon
  • Heat Lightning
  • Rough Country
  • Bad Blood
  • Shock Wave
  • Mad River
  • Storm Front

Standalone books

  • The Night Crew
  • Dead Watch

Tropes Associated with John Sandford

  • Canada, Eh?: Virgil, as a Minnesotan, has less than kind words to say about his Northern neighbor. As John Sandford said about Canada's treatment in the novels:
    John Sandford: "By picturing Canada as a land of lowlifes, dopers, gunmen, sexual deviants, desperate men, violent women, bad musicians, etc. especially bad musicians Im simply trying to provide a sense of the true excitement of the place."
  • Continuity Drift: In one of the more recent Davenport novels, which is mostly a prequel, Sloane's first name is revealed, and it's made clear that Lucas has known it for the entire series, which does not give with the Last-Name Basis used earlier in the books.
  • Cowboy Cop: Lucas Davenport starts off as one of these, but after a few books, a combination of Deconstruction and Character Development starts to broaden him out.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost everyone, but particularly notable in the Kidd books, which are narrated by Kidd in first person.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every volume of the Davenport series has the word Prey in it; the volumes of the Kidd series have Tarot Motifs in their titles.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: In their BCA days, both Davenport and Flowers occasionally encounter this, with Mad River being the worst case.
  • Last-Name Basis: Detective Sloan from the Davenport series.
    Davenport: What is Sloan's first name, anyway?
    Sloan's Wife: I never asked.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: A major character in the Davenport novels is named Del Capslock.
  • Minnesota Nice: Played with. Some characters display the trope, and others play up to it to mess with out of state visitors.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: Largely averted. Flowers is the only published author in the series, although Davenport is a game designer, which is similar in some ways.
  • Phrase Catcher: No matter how they meet him, sooner or later everyone calls Virgil Flowers "that fuckin' Flowers". Usually sooner.
  • Twin Cities: the setting of almost all Sandford's novels - and the ones set elsewhere usually feature characters from there prominently.
  • The 'Verse: The Kidd, Davenport and Flowers novels all take place in the same universe - notably, all three characters appear in Invisible Prey.
  • World of Snark: St Paul/Minneapolis, apparently.