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Invention or Alter Ego?

Invention or Alter Ego?

Written by John Hutchinson, VJ Books, Tualatin, OR

John Hutchinson VJ BooksI grew up in a home that didn’t read much.  Oh my mom read trashy dime store romances and my dad did his best to get through the daily paper, but for the most part you couldn’t call us a literate household.  So it comes as no surprise that I didn’t read.  I got through school without much difficulty, not reading the required material, and had no concept of reading for pleasure.

That ended when I found myself in the USAF, stationed in Monterey, California.  It was there that I found what was to be my first novel, the book that would launch me into a lifetime of reading.  Lying in an activity room was an oft read, dog-eared copy of The Godfather by Mario Puzo.  I picked it up and I read – yeah, I did know how to read.

I was immediately engaged, enthralled, and fascinated at the story that unfolded, as I followed the Corleone family through their trials and tribulations.  As I read I was transported to their New York City home, and sat at the table as Don Vito, Sonny and Michael plotted their war against the five families.  Across the table from me, with his back to the wall, sat Mario Puzo, and I knew from that moment that the best authors are more than scribes.  It is their heart and soul that evolves in to the characters that jump from the page.

I never had the chance to meet Puzo, but am sure that somewhere in his persona was the very essence of Don Vito Corleone.

One of the profound privileges of our business is that I get to meet and know the authors than pen my favorite stories.  It provides a whole new dimension to the work and a broad insight in the characters that grace the pages of their novels.  One has to wonder how many authors find the idea for their most notable protagonists in their own alter ego. (more…)

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Press Release: VJ Books Announces September 2010 Favorite Author – Suspense Writer John Sandford


Tualatin, Oregon – September 1, 2010 – VJ Books ( honors bestselling thriller writer John Sandford as September 2010 Favorite Author.

John Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids.  In 1966, Sandford graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies.  John Sandford is widely recognized for his Prey novel series featuring Lucas Davenport.  Sandford has written more than 30 fiction novels and two non-fiction books.

The Washington Post says that “John Sandford is at the top of his game”.

“In addition to the twenty novels featuring Lucas Davenport, he has written four in the Kidd series (two as Camp, two as Sandford), two showing us the razor-edge world of the Night Crew, and more recently four books featuring Virgil Flowers, a gun-totin’ cop who looks, dresses, and acts a lot more like a road-weary drifter than your stereotypical bullet-headed badge-wearer” says John Hutchinson of VJ Books.  “John Sandford has been writing brilliantly suspenseful, consistently surprising thrillers filled with rich characters and exceptional drama since 1989, three years after winning the Pulitzer Prize as a features reporter for the Pioneer Press in St. Paul.”

Sandford’s latest novel, Bad Blood, is filled with the brilliant plotting and compulsively readable prose that are John Sandford’s hallmarks.  Bad Blood is another masterpiece by one of our very best suspense writers.

A chronological list of John Sandford books and series is shown below.

The Prey Series:  Rules of Prey (1989), Shadow Prey (1990), Eyes of Prey (1991), Silent Prey (1992), Winter Prey (1993), Night Prey (1994), Mind Prey (1995), Sudden Prey (1996), Secret Prey (1998), Certain Prey (1999), Easy Prey (2000), Chosen Prey (2001), Mortal Prey (2002), Naked Prey (2003), Hidden Prey (2004), Broken Prey (2005), Invisible Prey (2007), Phantom Prey (2008), Wicked Prey (2009), Storm Prey (2010)

The Virgil Flowers Series:  Dark of the Moon (2007), Heat Lightning (2008), Rough Country (2009), Bad Blood (September 2010: Putnam)

The Kidd Series:  The Fool’s Run (1989), The Empress File (1991), The Devil’s Code (2000), The Hanged Man’s Song (2003)

Standalone Novels:  Dead Watch (2006), The Night Crew (1997)

Book Synopsis – “Bad Blood” by John Sandford

Bad Blood by John SandfordOne late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator- and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he’s sure he’s dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the “accident.” Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down…and the next day the boy’s found hanging in his cell.