Best-selling writer John Sandford to speak at Rum River Library

New York Times best-selling novelist John Sandford, author of nearly two dozen popular “Prey” novels, makes a guest appearance at Rum River Library as part of Anoka County Library’s Club Book series.

Popular novelist John Sanford appears at the Rum River Library for a talk and book signing of his newest thriller, “Silken Prey.” Many of his books are set in Minnesota. Photo courtesy of David Burnett
Popular novelist John Sandford will appear at the Rum River Library for a talk and book signing of his newest thriller, “Silken Prey.” Many of his books are set in Minnesota. Photo courtesy of David Burnett

The former Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, now turned über successful fiction writer, will be on hand to speak, take questions and sign his newest book, “Silken Prey,” Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. Free. The library is located at 4201 Sixth Ave., Anoka.

“Anoka County Library is feeling very lucky that an author of the caliber of John Sandford is willing to share his expertise and perspectives with us,” said Marlene Moulton Janssen, Anoka County Library director.

Sandford’s newest thriller, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, once again features charismatic detective Lucas Davenport, an atypical Minnesota cop. He’s a Porsche 911-driving, British-suit-wearing, independently wealthy gumshoe brought in by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to solve the thorniest of cases. This time the case is political.

“Days before a critical election, Porter Smalls, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, is charged with having child pornography on his campaign office computer,” according to a press release. “So when Davenport gets a call from the governor himself asking him to dig into the allegations, he’s instantly hip-deep in a scandal with national implications. The pressure is on: Davenport must clear Small’s name before next week’s election.”

Add to the plot indelible characters, scandal, dirty politics, murder, suspense, action, humor, the Democratic opponent, a beautiful, voluptuous and ruthless heiress – one of Davenport’s likeliest suspects – and you’ve got the makings of what time after time has catapulted Sandford to the top of the New York Times Best Seller List.

Sandford, aka as John Camp, now lives in New Mexico. In his earlier years, he worked as a reporter for an Army paper in Korea. He later worked at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. In 1986 he won a Pulitizer Prize for a series of stories he wrote on a Midwestern farm crisis.

Said Moulton Janssen, “I enjoy his work and I hope that his visit will introduce more readers to his books while giving his fans an opportunity to hear him in person and even get a book signed.”

Sandford has authored 23 Prey novels, six Virgil Flowers novels, four Kidd novels, “The Night Crew” and “Dead Watch.”

Club Book, a program of Metropolitan Library Service Agency and coordinated by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library, is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]