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
- 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 — I’m 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?
- 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.