Night Crew Paperback – Jan 1 1997
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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.
From Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on April 22 2004 by T. Ittig
I love the Lucas Davenport series but found the intrduction to Anna Batary interesting. The action moved along nicely and I liked Anna. Read morePublished on April 17 2004 by Mary Ann Wands
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 morePublished on Feb. 19 2004
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 morePublished on Jan. 8 2003
I recently visited our local library looking for a "Prey" series book I had not read, and came across this book. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2003 by N.
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 morePublished on May 2 2002 by Brian G.
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 morePublished on Aug. 22 2001 by Mac Blair
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 morePublished on April 17 2001