John Sanford

John Sanford

John B. Sanford, born Julian Lawrence Shapiro (May 31, 1904 – March 5, 2003), was a screenwriter and author who wrote 24 books. The Cambridge Companion to Jewish American Literature describes him as, “Perhaps the most outstanding neglected novelist.”[1] A one-time member of the Communist Party, after he and his wife Marguerite Roberts refused to testify to the House Un-American Activities Committee, they were blacklisted and unable to work in Hollywood for nearly a decade.

Sanford wrote half of his books after he was 80. He published a 5-volume autobiography, for which he received a PEN/Faulkner Award and the Los Angeles Times Lifetime Achievement Award. He left three unpublished novels and was writing up until a month before his death at 98.

Books by John Sanford

Make My Bed in Hell – Coming in June

Make My Bed in Hell - Coming in June

On a freezing night, a lone farmer in the Adriondacks finds a starving man in his barn...what unfolds between the two men, past and present, is a brisk, gritty depiction of crime and punishment. A literary, crime fiction classic, out of print for 60 years.

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The Old Man’s Place – Coming in June

The Old Man's Place - Coming in June

A trio of vicious World War One veterans descend on a farm in the Adirondack mountains. The arrival of a mail-order bride ignites a tinderbox of resentment, lust, and betrayal among the men that explodes in brutal depravity, bloody violence and shocking death. A literary, crime fiction classic.

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