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Night Crew [Paperback]

John;Sanford, John Sandford
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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2.0 out of 5 stars TALK ABOUT A STRANGE ENDING.... May 1 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Give me Lucas Davenport! Sept. 14 2000
By Marcie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is only my 2nd John Sandford novel, my first being "Certain Prey". It was a bit of a letdown as I wasn't able to connect to the characters in "Night Crew" like I could in his other book. For one thing, Jake, the once-policeman now turned lawyer, just lost his son to suicide. He even watched it several times on tape and never really seemed to get too upset about it. He referred to the incident as "my kid" died. Well, as a woman, maybe my perspective is different, but wouldn't a dad still be a bit more upset than that? And to jump into bed with someone he had just met up with a couple of days later...also I agreed with other reviewers who thought Sandford left alot of loose ends. Like when Jake and Anna watched the suicide tape looking for clues, a piece of paper fell to the ground. What was it? Did I miss something? I was listening to it on audiotape and may have skipped something there, but couldn't see where it tied in. I usually hate to hear a good story come to an end, but with this one I was tempted to do some fast forwarding. I believe I will go back and check out some more of the Prey series, they seem to be John Sandford's best work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it! Aug. 23 2000
Format:Hardcover
Like other reviewers, I am a big fan of the Prey Series. And like other reviewers, I found the style of Night Crew substantially different from that of the Preys.
But I liked it.
With respect to the style -- there are two really obvious differences. One is the location, Los Angeles, as opposed to Minneapolis-St Paul, the center of the Prey universe. This is perhaps the biggest weakness of the book. The reader doesn't get a real feel for the locale, or the feeling Sandford spent much time there. LA was just a name, with its associated collection of street names, but it could have been almost anywhere else, for all I knew. I had no sense of the atmosphere that comes out in Michael Connelly's work.
The other obvious difference is the main character is female. I find it fascinating when an author writes on a protagonist of the opposite gender. In this case, Sandford is more successful, as far as I can tell as a male. I never had the feeling that the character was straying into a male perspective.
Other aspects of the book were also good. Unlike most of the Prey material, this book was a bit more mystery, a bit less thriller. In mysteries, the question is what did happen, while in thrillers, the question is only what will happen. And Sandford plays fair. He provides enough clues for educated conjecture without making it easy on the reader to guess the answer.
I also liked the characters. Probing characters isn't Sandford's strong point in any of his work. But I found the ones in this book likeable and, unlike other reviewers, I found them believable.
So I recommend Night Crew. It was a lot of fun to read, and I didn't feel at all cheated at the end. It isn't Lucas Davenport, but it doesn't need to be.
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1.0 out of 5 stars too many dead-ends, plot shaky at best June 24 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read several of John Sandfords "Prey" books and found those worthwhile, so I was eager to read The Night Crew. I was very disappointed in this book. The author introduces the reader to 10 or 12 characters, starts to give details about who they are and how they fit into the storyline, and then never carries through with each character's agenda, leaving the reader with a lot of unanswered questions and many unfilled holes at the end. For example, Jake, a main character in the book has just lost his only son, and within a day is in the arms of the other main character, and the grief over his son is forgotten. They don't ever even mention the funeral. It's totally unbelievable. Also, Wyatt, the investigator on the case is in love with his partner Pam, in fact goes so far as to disguise himself and sneek into the hospital to see her, (she, by the way, has a one night stand with another character, Creek, and is totally in love with him and has abandoned her police career to play nursemaid at his bedside--ridiculous!!) The main characters chase him out of the hospital, thinking he's the killer, and figure out later it was him, just spying on his partner, beacuse he has a secret CRUSH on her--how stupid is that. They never develop anything on this storyline, and the whole thing, like many other dead ends could have been totally left out of the book. The characters chase all over the city starting storylines that ultimately go nowhere, and in the end, the find one simple clue and instantly solve it all!! The book isn't predictable, because it makes no sense. Everyone falls in love with everyone else at first glance and you are given no information on each character to ever really care about any of them. The reader keeps expecting some of the clues and storylines to come together at the end, but they never do. All is left hanging. Total waste of time to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The piece of paper...
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. Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by T. Ittig
3.0 out of 5 stars Anna, The Night Crew
I love the Lucas Davenport series but found the intrduction to Anna Batary interesting. The action moved along nicely and I liked Anna. Read more
Published on April 17 2004 by Mary Ann Wands
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad but not too good
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as "Prey" series.
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to see a new character!
I recently visited our local library looking for a "Prey" series book I had not read, and came across this book. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2003 by N.
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and disappointing
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... Read more
Published on May 2 2002 by Brian H. Galloway
3.0 out of 5 stars BAD ENDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2001 by Mac Blair
1.0 out of 5 stars WAY Too Obvious!
I LOVE mysteries and I am a fan of Sanford's "Prey" books but this was a pile of junk! I'm the type of person who doesn't try to guess "whodunnit" throughout... Read more
Published on April 17 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars brisk
John Sandford isn't the best writer around & he's not the greatest plotter around. But he's one of the most interesting mystery writers around because his stories take place... Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2000 by Orrin C. Judd
1.0 out of 5 stars The Night Screw
Sandford's "Prey" series are all good to great thrillers. "The Night Crew" is garbage. He's written this totally politically correct novel(i.e. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2000 by William C Walker
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