John Sandford Books In Order

Last Updated on April 2, 2020

The John Sandford books in order include his popular Lucas Davenport (Prey) series, with to date 28 crime mystery novels. I have read most of the author’s books in the series, starting with Rules of Prey, which was first published in 1989. I think I’ve read the book soon after its publication and got hooked on the series right away.

While Lucas Davenport is John Sandford’s main series, he has also written additional books in the Virgil Flowers series, the Kidd series and The Singular Menace trilogy. All series are well-worth reading.

Here are all the John Sandford books in order for all the books he has written in the various series and his other books.


New John Sandford Books

Masked Prey

Masked Prey (Lucas Davenport #30), 2020


Lucas Davenport / Prey Books In Order


  1. Rules of Prey (Lucas Davenport #1), 1989
  2. Shadow Prey (Lucas Davenport #2), 1990
  3. Eyes of Prey (Lucas Davenport #3), 1991
  4. Silent Prey (Lucas Davenport #4), 1992
  5. Winter Prey (Lucas Davenport #5), 1993
  6. Night Prey (Lucas Davenport #6), 1994
  7. Mind Prey (Lucas Davenport #7), 1995
  8. Sudden Prey (Lucas Davenport #8), 1996
  9. Secret Prey (Lucas Davenport #9), 1998
  10. Certain Prey (Lucas Davenport #10), 1999
  11. Easy Prey (Lucas Davenport #11), 2000
  12. Chosen Prey (Lucas Davenport #12), 2001
  13. Mortal Prey (Lucas Davenport #13), 2002
  14. Naked Prey (Lucas Davenport #14), 2003
  15. Hidden Prey (Lucas Davenport #15), 2004
  16. Broken Prey (Lucas Davenport #16), 2005
  17. Invisible Prey (Lucas Davenport #17), 2007
  18. Phantom Prey (Lucas Davenport #18), 2008
  19. Wicked Prey (Lucas Davenport #19), 2009
  20. Storm Prey (Lucas Davenport #20), 2010
  21. Buried Prey (Lucas Davenport #21), 2011
  22. Stolen Prey (Lucas Davenport #22), 2012
  23. Silken Prey (Lucas Davenport #23), 2013
  24. Field of Prey (Lucas Davenport #24), 2014
  25. Gathering Prey (Lucas Davenport #25), 2015
  26. Extreme Prey (Lucas Davenport #26), 2016
  27. Golden Prey (Lucas Davenport #27), 2017
  28. Twisted Prey (Lucas Davenport #28), 2018
  29. Neon Prey (Lucas Davenport #29), 2019
  30. Masked Prey (Lucas Davenport #30), 2020

Virgil Flowers Series In Order


  1. Dark of the Moon (Virgil Flowers #1), 2007
  2. Heat Lightning (Virgil Flowers #2), 2008
  3. Rough Country (Virgil Flowers #3), 2009
  4. Bad Blood (Virgil Flowers #4), 2010
  5. Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers #5), 2011
  6. Mad River (Virgil Flowers #6), 2012
  7. Storm Front (Virgil Flowers #7), 2013
  8. Deserves to Be Dead (Virgil Flowers #7.5), 2019
  9. Deadline (Virgil Flowers #8), 2014
  10. Escape Clause (Virgil Flowers #9), 2016
  11. Deep Freeze (Virgil Flowers #10), 2017
  12. Holy Ghost (Virgil Flowers #11), 2018
  13. Bloody Genius (Virgil Flowers #12), 2019

Kidd Series In Order


(published under his own name, John Roswell Camp)

  1. The Fool’s Run (Kidd #1), 1989
  2. The Empress File (Kidd #2), 1990
  3. The Devil’s Code (Kidd #3), 2000
  4. The Hanged Man’s Song (Kidd #4), 2003

The Singular Menace Trilogy


co-authored with Michele Cook

  1. Uncaged (The Singular Menace #1), 2014
  2. Outrage (The Singular Menace #2), 2015
  3. Rampage (The Singular Menace #3), 2016

Other John Sandford Books


  • The Night Crew, 1997
  • Dead Watch, 2006
  • Lucy Had a List, 2006 (published as a short story in Murder in the Rough)
  • Rhymes With Prey, 2014 (published as a short story in FaceOff)
  • Saturn Run, 2016

Reading the John Sandford Books in Order

Do you have to read the John Sandford books in order? My opinion is yes, and here is why. The events in the John Sandford Prey series take place in chronological order, which means if you start the series from a book in the middle, you might not have some of the backgrounds into the main character or some things that happened before.

As for the Virgil Flowers series, the main character here is known to Lucas Davenport, who takes him into the BCA (the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension), which means Lucas Virgil’s direct boss. The location of the place is in Bluestem, a small town which is hardly on the map.

So the two John Sandford series not only should be read in proper chronological order but with the two main characters being connected, it just makes sense to follow them based on how the events happened. Thus, the John Sandford book list includes quite a lot of books to pick up, but they’re all worth it.


About John Sandford

John SandfordThe author John Sandford, real name John Roswell Camp was born in 1944 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa where he received his BA in American History and a master’s degree in journalism.

For several years John Sandford was a journalist, working for The Miami Herald between 1971-1978. After moving to Minneapolis, he started writing as a features reporter for The Saint Paul Pioneer Press for two years, before becoming a full-time daily columnist in 1980.

During his journalism career he was once nominated for the Pulitzer price, and once actually won it for a series he wrote about a farming family in Minnesota, with the title “Life on the Land: an American farm family.

His debut as a novel writer started with two books he wrote in 1989, the first one titled The Fool’s Run written under his own name, while the second one, Rules Of Prey written under his new pseudonym, John Sandford. Each of these books was the start of a new – and very popular – series.

My favorite series if, of course, his Prey series. It suspenseful, gory, with an edge of your seat type stories, and I’ve been reading the books as fast as they were published, which thankfully came at a rate of a book a year. While the official name of the series is Lucas Davenport, I’ve always called it ‘Prey’, because, well, each book title contains the word’Prey’ in it, and honestly, once you read the John Sandford novels for this series, you realize just how much more fitting Prey is compared to Lucas Davenport.

The entire Prey series by the author John Sandford is fascinating, especially to anyone who loves books with a vicious mad serial killer and their nemesis who loves to hunt them down in often non-orthodox ways. Lucas Davenport is by no means poor. He has made his money from designing war games and he really doesn’t need this job. But he wants it and the freedom of not needing the money means he can catch the bad guys by playing by his own rules.

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  1. Joe Milbourne says:

    I’m sorry but I can’t help it John Sandford is one of my favorite authors and 1 book per year is not good enough 🙂 🙂 🙂 yes he is older now and doesn’t have to work but he chose the life and he has many many many fans who crave a fix of Davenport or Flowers and all of his other anti-hero’s come on John …. you can do it 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Kevin Cannon says:

    For pity’s sake, politics has been part of the series since the beginning of the BCA in the 1990s.

    I like how he brings lesser known characters back from obscurity. Kidd and LuEllen have been enjoyable in the Prey series. It was nice to see Sloan playing poker with the guys in Neon Prey, after disappearing for most of a decade.

  3. Stephen Taylor says:

    The problem as I see it for Sandford movies is who gets to play the main characters? No-one I presently see on the big screen can fit the bill. Using someone like Woody Harrelson (who’s way too old) would change Virgil forever and destroy his uniqueness. Virgil is not a drug addict or drunk. His character needs to be played by someone who understands what it’s like to actually live in rural MN/Iowa. Davenport? He’s cold, calculating, intelligent, obstinate, horny, fatherly, subtle, mean, lovable, easy to hate yet love. There are no arrogant boys in Hollywood who can play him, period. These are men folks, not left wing nuts who opine on things they think they understand. Virgil and Lucas would never live in Hollywood or even fit in. They’re too real! But maybe, just maybe the Coen Brothers could cast it correctly?

  4. Joyce Myricks says:

    When will the next Virgil Flowers novel be published? I love those books, and I can’t wait to read the next one.

  5. Mary Watson says:

    JUST LOVE LUCAS DAVENPORT. WISH HE WERE BACK IN THE BCA TOO. WISH HE LOVED HIS WIFE MORE. DON’T WANT TO SEE OLDEST DAUGHTER ANYMORE. DONATING ALL MY USED BOOKS (HAVE ONE OF EACH, SOMETIMES TWO) TO TINY LIBRARY. THOSE CUSTOMERS ARE GONNA THINK SANTA CLAUSE IS REAL. SHE IS. BYE ALL, MARY, FROM IDAHO.

  6. Rj pina says:

    Waiting for Hollywood to make movies from John sanford books.
    I see woody harrelson playing Virgil flowers.
    Thanks for your excellence Mr.camp.

  7. Ms.r.j.pina says:

    My first exposure to John Sanford’s books was “twisted prey”. Someone left this new paperback book I picked up at a generous food pantry in Wareham, Massachusetts
    I have many more I find at a used thrift shop in new Bedford,mass.
    Thank you John for keeping me entertained and learning new words too

  8. Sheree schmidt says:

    I just read my first John Sandford book storm pray. Loved it. I know all the places he’s talking about I grew up in West St. Paul Minnesota. Looking forward to reading more of his books.

  9. Robert Moore says:

    Yes, the Prey books should be read in sequence, with the Flowers books folded in. The Kidd books should be read somewhere in the middle, but before Golden Prey. All three series mesh.

  10. Sally Blair says:

    I have read all of the prey novels and some of Virgil Flowers loved them all. I am also from New Mexico

  11. Gypsyhart says:

    I love the prey series and Virgil flowers series… I listen on audiobook do to being a Trucker and have listened to every book at least twice… PS bring Lucas back to the BCA

  12. Siony says:

    Love all the books of John sandforf

  13. Dgossett says:

    I love all of the prey books especially the Flowers novels. In twisted prey it got political. I have yo ask “why”? Why alienate loyal readers? It made me sad to think John Sandford has gotten so big that he could live without some loyal fans.

  14. terry says:

    the prey books are outstanding, i live in Wisconsin so it makes it even more fun to read since i’ve been to most of the places he talks about.

  15. Jeanne says:

    Absolutely, in sequence ! Love Sanford’s writing !

  16. Dar Pogose says:

    Love Prey books but not as much since Davenport became a US Marshall.

  17. Judy says:

    Would love to see more Jacob Winter books

  18. Judy says:

    Would love to see a series of Jacob Winter.

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