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John Sandford was born John Roswell Camp on February 23, 1944 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Before entering the U.S. Army and serving in Korea, he received a bachelor's degree in American history from the University of Iowa in 1966. After leaving the service, he received a master's degree in journalism from the University of Iowa. During the 1970s, he worked at The Miami Herald, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. In 1985, he began researching the lives of a farm family caught in the midst of the crisis of American farming. The article, Life on the Land: An American Farm Family, won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing and the American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for Non-Deadline Feature Writing. After winning the Pulitzer Prize, he began writing fiction. His works include the Prey series, the Virgil Flowers series, and The Singular Menace series. He has also written nonfiction works on plastic surgery and art. Sandford's Young Adult novels, Uncaged and Outrage, Books 1 and 2 of The Singular Menace Series co-written with Michelle Cook, made the New York Times Bestseller list in July 2016. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Rules of Prey 2,830 copies, 57 reviews
Broken Prey 2,153 copies, 29 reviews
Chosen Prey 2,027 copies, 21 reviews
Invisible Prey 2,024 copies, 36 reviews
Mortal Prey 1,994 copies, 22 reviews
Dark of the Moon 1,987 copies, 59 reviews
Easy Prey 1,984 copies, 23 reviews
Hidden Prey 1,975 copies, 28 reviews
Naked Prey 1,940 copies, 30 reviews
Mind Prey 1,938 copies, 21 reviews
Certain Prey 1,921 copies, 21 reviews
Winter Prey 1,860 copies, 26 reviews
Shadow Prey 1,839 copies, 26 reviews
Eyes of Prey 1,799 copies, 29 reviews
Phantom Prey 1,796 copies, 33 reviews
Secret Prey 1,789 copies, 22 reviews
Sudden Prey 1,735 copies, 21 reviews
Night Prey 1,699 copies, 17 reviews
Silent Prey 1,644 copies, 25 reviews
Wicked Prey 1,596 copies, 36 reviews
Heat Lightning 1,572 copies, 44 reviews
Storm Prey 1,532 copies, 51 reviews
Dead Watch 1,461 copies, 21 reviews
Buried Prey 1,461 copies, 46 reviews
Rough Country 1,453 copies, 52 reviews
The Devil's Code 1,372 copies, 14 reviews
Bad Blood 1,339 copies, 42 reviews
The Hanged Man's Song 1,172 copies, 16 reviews
Stolen Prey 1,171 copies, 63 reviews
Shock Wave 1,135 copies, 36 reviews
The Night Crew 1,098 copies, 13 reviews
Mad River 1,068 copies, 31 reviews
Silken Prey 1,047 copies, 60 reviews
Field of Prey 1,021 copies, 45 reviews
Storm Front 949 copies, 60 reviews
Gathering Prey 893 copies, 39 reviews
The Fool's Run 876 copies, 13 reviews
Deadline 870 copies, 32 reviews
Extreme Prey 788 copies, 36 reviews
The Empress File 770 copies, 10 reviews
Golden Prey 754 copies, 40 reviews
Escape Clause 749 copies, 40 reviews
Saturn Run (Author) 698 copies, 48 reviews
Deep Freeze 672 copies, 27 reviews
Holy Ghost 616 copies, 31 reviews
Twisted Prey 588 copies, 25 reviews
Neon Prey 555 copies, 25 reviews
Bloody Genius (Author) 506 copies, 28 reviews
Masked Prey 450 copies, 24 reviews
Ocean Prey 382 copies, 21 reviews
Uncaged 256 copies, 13 reviews
Outrage 140 copies, 5 reviews
The Investigator 116 copies, 8 reviews
Rampage 87 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Mystery Stories 2017 (Editor) 54 copies, 3 reviews
FaceOff (Contributor) 438 copies, 33 reviews
MatchUp (Contributor) 255 copies, 22 reviews
The Best American Mystery Stories 2007 (Contributor) 177 copies, 5 reviews
The Best American Mystery Stories 2020 (Contributor) 39 copies, 1 review

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Hunting 'Prey' On The Streets Of The Twin Cities
Morning Edition, Friday, July 31, 2009 at 0am
Sandford's Latest: A Thriller with a Rock Countdown
Weekend Edition Saturday, Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 0am

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John Sandford, real name John Roswell Camp (born February 23, 1944), is a New York Times best-selling author, American novelist, a former journalist and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Camp was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Anne Agnes (Barron) and Roswell Sandford Camp. His mother's family was German and Lithuanian. He received a bachelor's degree in American history and literature and a master's in journalism, both from the University of Iowa.

From 1971 to 1978, Camp wrote for The Miami Herald. In 1978, he moved to Minneapolis and started writing for The Saint Paul Pioneer Press as a features reporter; in 1980 he became a daily columnist. That year, he was a Pulitzer finalist for a series of stories on Native American culture. In 1985, during the Midwest farm crisis, he wrote a series entitled "Life on the Land: an American farm family," which followed a typical southwest Minnesota farm family through the course of a full year. For that work, he won the annual Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing and the American Society of Newspaper Editors award for Non-Deadline Feature Writing. He worked part-time at the Pioneer Press in 1989 and left the next year.

Camp is an avid fiction reader himself. When asked in 2018 "What's your favorite book of all time?" by the New York Times, he responded, "An impossible question. If you put a gun to my head—say a .40-caliber Walther PPQ, or maybe a .45 ACP Colt Gold Cup—I'd say The Once and Future King, by T. H. White." Both weapons he mentioned make appearances in many of his novels.

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