Fifty States Of Fiction: Minnesota


We can’t always travel to the places on our bucket list. But we can go there with books! I started the Fifty States Of Fiction challenge with the aim of reading one book from every state in the country. Each week in 2017 I’ll be here to talk about a different state, share with you some geographical fun facts, and explore how a novel, play, or personal narrative captures the essence of the area. Want to follow along? Check out this free printable calendar I’ve created just for you! Let’s get started!


Today’s State: Minnesota

Nickname: North Star State

Motto: “The Star of the North”

Bird: Common loon

Flower: Pink-and-white lady’s slipper

Entered the union in: 1858

Now, pack your bags everybody. We’re about to explore Minnesota as John Sandford portrays it in Rules Of Prey.


Minnesota grows chilly as winter approaches. Fitting. The maddog kills in cold blood. On an August night in St. Paul, the maddog stalks his third victim. Carla Ruiz lives illegally on the fifth floor of a dilapidated warehouse. The outside of the studio has shabby brick walls and large, industrial windows. Inside, supplies litter the shelves. Jars of paintbrushes and pencils. Paperclips. A dirty old microwave. In a dark corner of the room, the maddog lurks. When the attacker is thwarted by an unsuspected can of Mace, Lucas Davenport a lieutenant with the Minneapolis Police Department, is put on the case to track down this conniving killer and put an end to his sadistic game. Lucas investigates the murders with help from the homicide unit, his search taking him back and forth between the Twin Cities. At night he likes to speed home in his Porsche from his out of state lakeside cabin along the narrow roads of the North Woods. Home for Lucas is a three-bedroom stone and cedar ranch house across Mississippi Boulevard and a hundred feet above the river. There he works long nights on his masterpiece, a reenactment game of the Battle of Gettysburg, but when the trees outside his ranch house shed their leaves, he can see the lights of Minneapolis calling him back onto the streets.

Have you read any other books set in Minnesota? Have you traveled there yourself? Make sure to let me know what the North Star State means to you in the comments! Check back here next week to explore Mississippi through literature.

And remember, if you want to keep up with our schedule as we travel the country, you can download my free printable calendar.

See you all next week!


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