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Night Crew: International Edition [Paperback]

John Sandford
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January 1998
Bestselling author John Sandford takes all the action and suspense of his acclaimed Prey novels and heads west to the dark gleam of L.A.--where the Night Crew works. A mobile unit of video freelancers, they prowl the midnight streets to sell to the highest network bidder. Murders. Robberies. High-speed chases. For them, it is an exhilerating life.

But tonight, two deaths will change everything.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Anna Batory's evening starts with a frenzied animal rights raid and then moves quickly to the site of a suicide jump. It's all in a normal night's work for Anna, who leads the Night Crew, a freelance video team out to make a quick buck on sensational footage they can sell to L.A. news stations. But this night is different: the jumper is a teenager named Jacob Harper, and Anna's cameraman Jason beats a strangely hasty exit after filming the jump. A few hours later, Jason too is dead: shot and knifed.

Jacob Harper's father is an attractive former cop who works out the connection between his son's death and Jason's. The two young men share a drug dealer--and when Harper finds said dealer dead as well, he calls Anna to the scene and shows her a creepy knife wound on the dealer's body: the name "Anna" carved into his chest. From that moment on, Anna knows she's chasing down a killer who's got a thing for her--but who is it? A series of heart-thumping encounters between Anna and her shadowy stalker keep this thriller moving at the dizzying clip that Sandford's fans expect.

Those who love the Prey series for the quirks and contradictions of its antihero, Lucas Davenport, will find a kindred creation in Anna: an attractive loner, taciturn and tough-minded, a classical pianist with the fighting reflexes of a wild animal. Will Sandford keep bringing her back? Time will tell. --Barrie Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The author of eight previous thrillers in his "Prey" series (e.g., Sudden Prey, LJ 4/1/96), Sandford here provides an action-packed novel. Anna Batory, deceptively thin and small for a woman who is both emotionally and physically tough, heads an L.A. unit of video freelancers who search for news by night. The story begins in medias res with the crew covering first an animal rights protest and then a young man's jumping from a building to his death. That night, Jason O'Brien, Anna's back-up cameraman, is viciously slain. It soon becomes apparent that the violence is connected to and aimed at Anna. Jake Harper, a former policeman and father of the jumper, becomes Anna's bodyguard and lover. This thriller has an appealing heroine and well-developed secondary characters. The dialog is clever and hard-edged, black humor abounds, and the romance factor is handled deftly. Unfortunately, while the villain is sufficiently vicious and his crimes grisly, he ultimately comes across as pathetic rather than menacing. Still, Sanford fans will not be disappointed; this is an exciting thriller. Recommended for general readers.
-?Jacqueline Seewald, Red Bank Regional H.S., Little Silver, N.J.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The piece of paper... April 22 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The piece of paper was the drugs! It was the drugs that the kid on the night crew took. That's why he got all weird and took off that night. The piece of paper illustrated that there was no connection between Harper's son and the kid (Jason?) on the night crew who got whacked. True, this was no Lucas Davenport thriller but it was a fun read. I enjoyed it more than the "Kidd" novel I read. It's hard to beat those Prey books. This one is a good read to tide you over until Lucas returns in May...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Anna, The Night Crew April 17 2004
I love the Lucas Davenport series but found the intrduction to Anna Batary interesting. The action moved along nicely and I liked Anna. My disappointments are the too facile romance between Anna and Jake and the introduction of Anna's ex as some mystery monster from whom she cannot completely separate. I look forward to the next in the series to determine whether the new characters will work on a long term basis.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad but not too good Feb. 20 2004
By A Customer
I have not read the Prey serie yet. I hope it is better then this! As another reviewer pointed out, the main character is kind of not believable. The plot goes on fast but it was very predictable. I had figured who it was pretty early on. Still not too bad.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as "Prey" series. Jan. 8 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
When compared to other works of Sandford's, this book is disappointing. Standing on it's own, its not terrible but certainly is not great. The plot is choppy and leaves many loose ends. The characters though not completely unlikable, don't come across as interesting to the reader. The ending is terrible with huge loose ends at which point you usaully want to know if there is another book to let you know how it comes together in the end. If there is another book, I wouldn't read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to see a new character! Jan. 2 2003
By N.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I recently visited our local library looking for a "Prey" series book I had not read, and came across this book. I was hooked from the start and finished it within 24 hours. Now I have to go back and find another. That is my problem (if you can call it a problem) with John Sandford, the stories just pull you in. Great reading but make sure the doors are locked!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and disappointing May 2 2002
I read "The Night Crew" while waiting for the latest Prey novel to come out in paperback. If this is any indication of his non-Lucas material, I won't be in a hurry to check out his Kidd series.
Normally, I think Sandford is a great storyteller who writes with clarity. This book is just sloppy. I had a very hard time figuring out what was happening and why.
Also, none of the characters or their relationships really ring true, except for Anna's platonic relationship with her second-in-command of sorts, Creek.
It's a quick read, and it's not totally horrid, but I would recommend it only as a last resort if you're the type that absolutely has to have something to read and this is all you can find.
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3.0 out of 5 stars BAD ENDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aug. 23 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Night Crew was a different twist for Sandford. I really like most of the Prey series. I was prepared to not like this book but it was fair. Anna Batory was a little unbelieveable. With no real police training she did better than the real ones did. I liked Jake Harper and Creek, they were more believeable to me. A killer is after Anna, no one can figure out who it is. Of course they finally do and that part ends ok but then the last chapter is added and the whole book does not end right unless Sandford is coming back with these same people. I doubt he is as the copyright is four years old. You are left hanging at the end. Part of the book is very scary and hard to put down, but because of the unbelievealbe Anna and the bad ending I only gave three stars. If you like a book with fast action but it doesn't seem possible then this is the book for you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars TALK ABOUT A STRANGE ENDING.... May 1 2001
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John Sandford is obviously a prolific and talented writer, as evidenced by the success of his Lucas Davenport "Prey" series. However, with "The Night Crew," I have to wonder why all the hoopla? Granted, this book has a very interesting and unusual premise---following a bunch of "reporters" who film unusual or bizarre accidents/murders/arsons, as they occur. The main character, Anna, is sympathetic and you can relate to her, in some ways. The book's best character, Jake, the ex-cop, is also quite different and interesting.
Alas, however; the plot gets so confusing and the identity of the murder is so "convenient," yet unexplained. The ending, both in regards to what occurs with Anna and Jake's relationship, and Creek's strange visit to Anna's ex-boyfriend, is just frustrating. No closure!
Now, if Sandford intends a series, this ending might work, but if he doesn't, he's robbed the reader of the all-important resolution of vital closure. A real disappointment.
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