The Fool's Run (Kidd Series # 1)

The Fool's Run (Kidd Series # 1)

by John Sandford, John Camp

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425155721
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1996
Series: Kidd Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 74,368
Product dimensions: 6.74(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Sandford is the pseudonym of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of the Prey novels, the Kidd novels, the Virgil Flowers novels, The Night Crew, and Dead Watch. He lives in New Mexico.


St. Paul, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

February 23, 1944

Place of Birth:

Cedar Rapids, Iowa


State University of Iowa, Iowa City: B.A., American History; M.A., Journalism

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“Fast-paced action, high-intellect puzzle-solving, dandy characters…If you start guessing outcomes, you are fooled.”—Minneapolis Star & Tribune

“Crime fiction doesn’t have nearly enough droll master thieves like Kidd and his stunning partner in righteous crime, LuEllen.” —The Los Angeles Times

John Sandford grabs you by the throat and never lets go."—Robert B. Parker

“Gripping, ultramodern…fast-paced and suspenseful.” —Chicago Tribune

“John Sandford has created the kind of trimmed-to-the-bone thriller that hard to put it down.” —Chicago Tribune

"John Sandford has no peers.” —Associated Press

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The Fool's Run (Kidd Series # 1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
I don't know if I could have been more surprised. I have literally loved almost every John Sandford novel I have ever read. I was really looking forward to this first chapter in the Kidd saga. What I got however, seemed like it was written by a completely different author. Maybe it can be chalked up to it being an early novel of his or the "cutting edge" technology of the time is so outdated now, I don't know. The Prey series has always impressed me but this might put me off the rest of the Kidd series. The characters were so hodge podged and lame. It was weird compared to Lucas Davenport, Virgil Flowers, etc. If you want good Sandford you might want to skip this and look for the Prey novels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great suspence book. Just as good as the prey series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband and I both enjoyed this book. The computer stuff is outdated due to when the book was written, but the interplay between the characters is great. The plot twists keep the reader guessing. anyone who enjoys John Sandford's other series should like this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down once I started reading. I had to find out who the guilty one was.
arlee50 More than 1 year ago
John Sanford has written so many books with characters that I want to know in real life. He also writes in such a way that I feel I am right there with them.
UnderMyAppleTree on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is the first book in the Kidd series. It was written in the late 1980's and the technology is a bit dated unless you can remember when 2400 baud modems were cutting edge. Nevertheless, it's a good story and I enjoyed it anyway.I didn't find the the Kidd novels until the mid-2000's. So I pretended I was back in the 80's and the book was great!
claude_lambert on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The fool's run is the first in a series of Sandford's books involved with computer hacking and industrial spying. The series comprises The Fool's Run, The Empress File, The Devil's Code, The Hanged Man's Song.Because the Devil's fool is old: it was written in 1989 - some of the technology is old too. If you don't know anything about computers, it does not hurt, and if you know more, it is a memory trip: I have not seen anybody complain about that. In fact the book has aged well. The two protagonists, a hacker and a thief, are offered money to stop the progress of an airplane company which has stolen secrets from another one. But has it? They do the dirty work, they think it is justified, then they found themselves in danger for their lives. It testifies to the talent of Sandford that you find yourself rooting for the hacker and the thief!This has a lighter tone than the Prey series, it is a welcome change: like a real recreation. And the next book is even better.
readafew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kidd an artist and LuEllen the golfer are close freinds that have a penchant for trouble. Kidd is offered a job, to good to pass up. Kidd's other profession is computer programmer/hacker. He is hired to ruin a companies competitor. He's playing in the big leagues and any mistake could be the last one Kidd ever makes. With everyone playing for keeps has he backed the right horse?
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