Modern Mystery and Detective Authors: #2 John Sandford

John SandfordI read quite a few genres of fiction, however one of my first loves were mysteries. Whether it be Arthur Conan Doyle’s great Sherlock Holmes or Dashiell Hammett with the likes of The Maltese Falcon or The Thin Man. While we could debate the classic mystery novelist for years, we are also fortunate to have a number of fine mystery writers currently writing from which to choose. I use the title “Modern” mystery and detective to differentiate between the great mystery writers of past eras. So without further preamble, Code 451’s Top 5 Modern Mystery and Detective Authors:

#5 James Patterson
#4 Jeffery Deaver
#3 Lee Child

#2 John Sandford

John Sandford is the pseudonym for Pulitzer Prize winner John Roswell Camp. He is best known for the “Prey” series featuring tough guy Lucas Davenport but recently spun off a series of novels featuring Davenport’s subordinate “Virgil Flowers“. Whichever character you enjoy, I would certainly recommend any of Sandford’s novels.

Davenport is a former Minneapolis cop, turn bureaucrat with the Minnesota State Criminal Apprehension Division. He is tough, ruthless, and not afraid to cross the line to get results. Lucas Davenport’s beginnings are chronicled in a recent flashback heavy Buried Prey, but the most intense is probably Eyes of Prey which features a brutal retaliation by Lucas at the climax. Davenport is also known for the USA Network’s feature film Certain Prey in which the famed policeman was played by Mark Harmon. The movie is a rendition of its like titled book in which Davenport chases beautiful mob killer Clara Rinker which is another phenomenal novel.

I am a huge fan of John Sandford and would recommend his work to anyone who enjoys the detective and mystery genre. The plots are intricate, the heroes vulnerable but valiant, and the villains are despicably evil. In addition to having terrific stories to write, the novels are very easy to read and grab the reader’s attention very quickly. If you have never read John Sandford, you should order Rules of Prey today!

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