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John Sandford

John Sandford is best known as the author of the Prey and Virgil Flowers detective novels. In all, Sandford has published thirty-two novels. All have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, including several that have gone to #1. He is the author of two non-fiction books, one on art, one on surgery. Two of his novels have been made into TV movies.

“John Sandford” is the pseudonym of John Roswell Camp, an American author and journalist. Camp won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 1986, and was one of four finalists for the prize in 1980. He also was the winner of the Distinguished Writing Award of the American Society of Newspaper Editors for 1985. His books have been translated into most European languages, as well as Japanese and Korean. He is the primary sponsor of the Tel Rehov excavations, a major archaeological dig in Israel; and continues to do journalism, including a trip to Iraq during the Iraq war.

Camp is a hunter and a fisherman. In 1980, he solo paddled a canoe the length of the Mississippi River, from northern Minnesota through New Orleans. He has been an avid skier and golfer, and earned a black belt in Shotokan karate. Two years ago, he was injured when thrown from a horse in the mean hills of Hollywood, Ca. He is a serious painter.

Camp was married to Susan Lee Camp, and had two children with her. Susan died in 2007 of metastasized breast cancer. He has three grandchildren. Camp married his writing partner, Michele Cook, in October, 2013. He thinks she is the most fascinating woman in the world. He has homes in Santa Fe, NM, where he now spends most of his time, writing, painting, and staying away from horses; and Pasadena, Ca.

Online Resources


Selected Bibliography

Silken Prey (2013)
Storm Front (2013)
Bad Blood (2010)
Dark of the Moon (2007)
Mortal Prey (2002)
Rules of Prey (1989)