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Night Crew Paperback – Jan 1 1997

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Putnam (Jan. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747277184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747277187
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,171,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 alternate Paperback edition.

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Sandford takes a break from his popular "Prey" series (e.g., Sudden Prey, LJ 4/1/96) with this tale about a freelance video crew that cruises the Los Angeles night in search of newsworthy mayhem.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: 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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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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Format: 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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Format: 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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