About Robert Jordan

About Robert Jordan

Born in 1948, in Charleston, South Carolina, Robert Jordan was the pen name or pseudonymn of James Oliver Rigney, Jr.  He lived in a house built in 1797, with his wife Harriet McDougal, a book editor with Tor Books, who was also Jordan's editor.  He was a history buff and described himself as a "High Church" Episcopalian and also admitted that he was a Freemason. He wrote books in other genres under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reilly.

In 2006, Jordan disclosed he had been diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis and he died in 2007 unable to complete his bestselling The Wheel of Time epic fantasy series. His life will be the subject of the feature length documentary The Wit of the Staircase: The Life and Works of Robert Jordan.

Jordan  served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to 1970) with the United States Army as a helicopter gunner. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm.

After returning from Vietnam he attended The Citadel where he received an undergraduate degree in physics. After graduating he was employed by the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer.

He began writing in 1977. As Robert Jordan, he published eleven books of a projected twelve total in the main sequence of the Wheel of Time series. Despite his health problems, he continued work on A Memory of Light (later split into three volumes beginning with The Gathering Storm),  sharing all significant plot details with his family so the series could be finished.

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Who Writes Like Robert Jordan
Robert Jordan Book List

On December 7, 2007 Tor Books announced that Brandon Sanderson had been chosen to finish the Wheel of Time series. Jordan's widow chose him after reading his book, Mistborn: The Final Empire.

Source: Wikipedia contributors, 'Robert Jordan', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 7 May 2010, 17:11 UTC, 

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Robert Jordan Books

Robert Jordan Book List

A list of books written by Robert Jordan.  Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney under which name he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time epic fantasy series. In addition to the main sequence, Robert Jordan also wrote

A Prequel

New Spring (2004) A novel, an expanded work superseding the earlier novella also called New Spring (1998) published in Tor's Legends anthology, edited by Robert Silverberg; the story is located in the third volume of the paperback edition; the hardcover is one volume

The World of Robert Jordan's the Wheel of Time (1997)
A "World" reference book, written in collaboration with Teresa Patterson. Note: This reference book includes "The Strike at Shayol Ghul", a short story published online in 1996 which was republished in print with this book.

The Wheel of Time

The Eye of the World     ( 1990)
The Great Hunt     ( 1990)
The Dragon Reborn     ( 1991)
The Shadow Rising     (1992)
The Fires of Heaven     (1993)
Lord of Chaos     (1994)
A Crown of Swords     (1996)
The Path of Daggers     (1998)
Winter's Heart     (2000)
Crossroads of Twilight     (2003)
Knife of Dreams     (2005)

The Gathering Storm (2009)     coauthored by Sanderson
Towers of Midnight      (26 October 2010)     coauthored by Sanderson
A Memory of Light    (TBD)     coauthored by Sanderson

Jordan published eleven books of a projected twelve total in the main sequence of the Wheel of Time series. Due to his illness and death, Jordan did not complete the final installment A Memory of Light (later split into three volumes beginning with The Gathering Storm).  Brandon Sanderson was  chosen to finish the Wheel of Time series by Jordan's widow.

Other work

Fallon Series (under the pseudonym Reagan O'Neal)

* The Fallon Blood (1980)
* The Fallon Pride (1981)
* The Fallon Legacy (1982)

Cheyenne Raiders (under the pseudonym Jackson O'Reilly )

Conan the Barbarian

Jordan was one of several writers who wrote Conan the Barbarian stories.

1. Conan the Invincible (1982)
2. Conan the Defender (1982)
3. Conan the Unconquered (1983)
4. Conan the Triumphant (1983)
5. Conan the Magnificent (1984)
6. Conan the Destroyer (1984)
7. Conan the Victorious (1984)

Note: Some bibliographies also include Conan: King of Thieves; this however, was actually the working title of the second Conan movie, Conan the Destroyer, and hence Jordan's novelization. Jordan had already been hired to do the novelization and Tor had already applied for an ISBN when the title was changed to Conan the Destroyer. Jordan also compiled a Conan Chronology.

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Michael Connelly Books

Michael Connelly Book List

Harry Bosch series

1. The Black Echo (1992)
2. The Black Ice (1993)
3. The Concrete Blonde (1994)
4. The Last Coyote (1995)
5. Trunk Music (1997)
6. Angels Flight (1999)
7. A Darkness More Than Night (2001) – also featuring Terry McCaleb and Jack McEvoy
8. City Of Bones (2002)
9. Lost Light (2003)
10. The Narrows (2004) – also featuring Rachel Walling and Terry McCaleb plus a short appearance by Cassidy Black.
11. The Closers (2005)
12. Echo Park (2006) – also featuring Rachel Walling
13. The Overlook (2007) – also featuring Rachel Walling
14. 9 Dragons (2009) – also including Mickey Haller
15. The Reversal (2010) – also including Mickey Haller

Mickey Haller series

1. The Lincoln Lawyer (2005)
2. The Brass Verdict (2008) – featuring Harry Bosch and Jack McEvoy
3. The Reversal (2010) – also featuring Harry Bosch

Other novels

The Poet (1996) – featuring Jack McEvoy and Rachel Walling
Blood Work (1998) – featuring Terry McCaleb
Void Moon (2000) – featuring Cassie Black
Chasing the Dime (2002) – featuring Henry Pierce
The Scarecrow (2009) – featuring Jack McEvoy and Rachel Walling

Short stories

"Two-Bagger" – in Murderers' Row (2001) and The Best American Mystery Stories 2002 (2002).
"Cahoots" – in Measures of Poison (2002)
"After Midnight" – in Men from Boys (2003)
"Christmas Even" – in Murder...and All That Jazz (2004); a Harry Bosch story (partner: Jerry Edgar)
"Cielo Azul" – in Dangerous Women (2005); a Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb story (backstory to A Darkness More than Night)
One story published anonymously in The Secret Society Of Demolition Writers (2005)
"Angle of Investigation" – in Plots with Guns (2005) and The Penguin Book Of Crime Stories (2007) – continuation of The Closers; with Harry Bosch (partner: Kiz Rider)
"Mulholland Dive" – in Los Angeles Noir (2007), and Prisoner of Memory (2008)
"Suicide Run" – in Hollywood and Crime (2007)
"One Dollar Jackpot" – in Dead Man's Hand (2007)
"Father's Day" – in The Blue Religion (2008); a Harry Bosch story (partner: Ignacio Ferras)

As Editor

The Best American Mystery Stories 2003 (2003) – collected short stories.
Murder In Vegas (2005) – collected short stories.
In the Shadow of the Master (2009) – collected short stories by Edgar Allan Poe re-written by current mystery writers including Sue Grafton and Stephen King

Non Fiction

Crime Beat (2006), collected journalism from the Sun-Sentinel and Los Angeles Times

Recurring Characters

Every character on this list, including those who have been the main characters of their own books, has appeared in a Harry Bosch book.

Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch – a Los Angeles Police Department detective who retired and became a private investigator for a couple of novels, before returning to LAPD's Open Unsolved Unit, a fictional unit based on LAPD's actual Cold Case Homicide Unit, and later the Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) Homicide Special Unit.

Michael "Mickey" Haller – criminal defense attorney; Harry Bosch's half-brother

Terrell "Terry" McCaleb – former FBI agent (deceased)
Jack McEvoy – crime reporter, brother of one of the Poet's victims
Cassidy "Cassie" Black – burglar and ex-con
Rachel Walling – FBI agent, who dated Bosch and now dates McEvoy

Each of these characters has appeared in at least two novels of Connelly's books.

Irvin S. Irving – former LAPD Deputy Chief and Bosch's chief nemesis in the department; now an L.A. city councilman
Francis "Frankie" Sheehan – Bosch's original partner in Robbery-Homicide Division (deceased)
Jerry "Jed" Edgar – Bosch's former partner in Hollywood Homicide squad; now a detective leader there
Kizmin "Kiz" Rider – Bosch's former partner in Hollywood Homicide squad and the RHD Open-Unsolved Unit; now an aide to the L.A. chief of police
Ignacio "Iggy" Ferras – Bosch's former partner in the RHD Homicide Special Unit (deceased)
John Chastain – former LAPD Internal Affairs detective (deceased)
Harvey "Ninety-Eight" Pounds – Bosch's ex-supervisor in Hollywood Homicide squad (deceased)
Lieutenant Grace "Bullets" Billets – Pounds' successor as Bosch's supervisor in Hollywood Homicide squad
Eleanor Wish – ex-FBI agent, ex-con and Bosch's ex-wife, mother of Bosch's daughter Maddie; moved to Hong Kong (deceased)
Robert "Bob" Backus – ex-FBI agent; the serial killer "The Poet" (deceased)
Roy Lindell (aka "Luke Goshen") – FBI agent
Janis Langwiser – a criminal defense attorney
Keisha Russell – Los Angeles Times reporter, now based in D.C., who occasionally provided information for Bosch; McEvoy's ex-wife
Thelma Kibble – Cassie Black's parole officer
Maddie Bosch – daughter of Bosch and Eleanor Wish; now lives with Bosch in L.A.

Film & TV
Michael Connelly was one of the creators and executive producers of Level 9, a science fiction action TV series that aired for 13 episodes in the 2000-2001 season on the UPN television network.

His novel Blood Work was adapted into a film in 2002 with a screenplay by Brian Helgeland and direction by Clint Eastwood, who also played the lead role.

As of 2009, a film based on the novel Void Moon is in pre-production, with a screenplay by playwright Michael Cristofer, and Connelly himself co-wrote the screenplay for The Equalizer, a pre-production film adaptation of the TV series.

Connelly was the subject of the 2004 video documentary Blue Neon Night: Michael Connelly's Los Angeles. He also made a guest appearance as himself in the ABC comedy/drama TV series Castle.

Source: Wikipedia contributors, 'Michael Connelly', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 10 May 2010, 01:00 UTC,

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About John Sandford

About John Sandford

John Sandford is the pseudonym of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling novelist John Roswell Camp.

John Camp was born  in 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He received a B.A. in American History and a Masters in Journalism from the University of Iowa.

Camp worked for the Miami Herald from 1971 to 1978. In 1978 he moved to Minneapolis and started working for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press as a features reporter before becoming a daily columnist at the newspaper in 1980.

He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1980, for a series of stories on Native American culture. In 1986 he won the Pulitzer for Non-Deadline Feature Writing for a series of stories collectively titled "Life on the Land: An American Farm Family". The series, written during the midwest farm crisis, followed a typical southwest Minnesota farm family through the course of a full year. He stopped writing full-time for the Pioneer Press in 1989, although he didn't stop entirely until the next year.

In 1989 Camp wrote two novels that would become the first books of his two best-selling series. Both novels, The Fool's Run of the Kidd Series and Rules of Prey of the Prey Series, were accepted and due to be published three months apart.

The Fool's Run was published under the name "John Camp", but the publisher asked Camp to provide a pseudonym for Rules of Prey so it was published under the name "John Sandford".

After the Prey series proved to be more popular, with its charismatic protagonist Lucas Davenport, The Fool's Run and all of its subsequent sequels have been published under the "Sandford" name.

In 2007 Sandford started a third series featuring Virgil Flowers, who previously was a supporting character in Invisible Prey.

See Also
John Sandford Book List

Source : Wikipedia contributors, 'John Sandford', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 5 September 2009, 15:08 UTC, 

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John Sandford Books

John Sandford Book List

Prey series

1. Rules of Prey (1989)
2. Shadow Prey (1990)
3. Eyes of Prey (1991)
4. Silent Prey (1992)
5. Winter Prey (1993)
6. Night Prey (1994)
7. Mind Prey (1995)
8. Sudden Prey (1996)
9. Secret Prey (1998)
10. Certain Prey (1999)
11. Easy Prey (2000)
12. Chosen Prey (2001)
13. Mortal Prey (2002)
14. Naked Prey (2003)
15. Hidden Prey (2004)
16. Broken Prey (2005)
17. Invisible Prey (2007)
18. Phantom Prey (2008)
19. Wicked Prey (2009)
20. Storm Prey (2010)

Kidd series

1. The Fool's Run (1989, reissued 1996 under the Sandford name)
2. The Empress File (1991, reissued 1995 under the Sandford name)
3. The Devil's Code (2000)
4. The Hanged Man's Song (2003)

Virgil Flowers Series

1. Dark of the Moon (2007)
2. Heat Lightning (2008)
3. Rough Country (2009)
4. Bad Blood (2010)

Other fiction books

* The Night Crew (1997)
* Dead Watch (2006)
* Murder in the Rough (2006)  (short stories anthology)

Nonfiction books

* The Eye of the Heart (1988)
* Plastic Surgery (1989)

See Also
About John Sandford

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