John Sandford

American novelist
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Biography

John Sandford was born John Camp in 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966.

He was in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian from 1968-1970, and went back to the University of Iowa from 1970-1971, where he received a master's degree in journalism. He was a reporter for The Miami Herald from 1971-78, and then a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press from 1978-1990; in 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis. From 1990 to the present he has written thriller novels. He is the author of the bestselling series Prey and Virgil Flowers. He's also the author of two non-fiction books, one on plastic surgery and one on art.

John Sandford lives in Minnesota.

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Cleveland Plain Deale on Silken Prey

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Wry humor, a fully realized lead, and tense atmospherics lift Sandford’s suspenseful fifth novel featuring Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Virgil Flowers


Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers series)

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