The Night Crew

The Night Crew

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by John Sandford
     
 

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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.

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Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
May 1997

Since John Sandford first captured the attention of millions of readers with his 1989 debut, Rules of Prey, he has written eight books in the bestselling Prey series, featuring Minneapolis cop Lucas Davenport. With each novel in the series, Sandford has proven himself a master of suspense, and his ability to combine rich human drama with edge-of-the-seat suspense has earned him widespread critical acclaim and an ever-growing audience.

Now Sandford presents his fans with a remarkable new heroine in an extraordinary new thriller, The Night Crew. A departure from the Prey series, The Night Crew boasts a whole new cast of characters — and a brand-new level of suspense.

Anna Batory runs the night crew. Small, dark-haired, shy but tough, a Wisconsin farm girl on the streets of Los Angeles, she roams the city with her small band of video freelancers in their truck from ten to dawn, looking for news — accidents, robberies, murders, demonstrations — anything they can shoot and sell to the local stations or the networks. It's an exhilarating life...until two deaths hit Anna close to home.

One night, when Anna's crew is filming a suicide jumper who falls five stories to his death, Jason, her fill-in cameraman, is strangely affected. The next morning, Jason is found murdered on a beach. At first the police think that the deaths are unrelated, but too many coincidences and clues keep linking the deaths and leading back to Anna, revealing the dark truth of an obsessed madman. Through a series of bizarre and harrowing events, ghostsofAnna's past are stirred up and revealed to be intrinsically linked to the lives of Jason and the suicide jumper. Anna's world becomes as cold and dangerous as the night itself.

John Sandford has written thrilling stories before, but nothing to top the extraordinary suspense and tension of The Night Crew. It is an intense ride, and it is Sandford's most chilling novel yet.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Anna Batory, thin and "rail-hard" with "pale blue killer eyes," runs a small, independent TV-news night crew that peddles clips of crime scenes, fires, car crashes and other mayhem to local TV stations for a tidy profit. As always with Sandford ("Sudden Prey"), the novel opens on action, in this case the crew's taping of a lab break-in by animal-rights activists and of a drug-crazed teenager's jump from a hotel window. The crew moves from voyeurs of the action to unwilling participants when Anna's part-time cameraman is shot dead and mutilated and a friend of his is murdered in an equally grisly manner. It becomes increasingly clear that a psycho is stalking Anna and her crew. To nail him, she teams up with the divorced father of the jumper, lawyer and ex-cop Jake Harper. Anna, Jake and another crew member and his new girlfriend are all attacked by the psycho before the gory finale. The shift from his usual Minneapolis setting to L.A. brings out the noir in Sandford ("the real dawn, a great, unhappy light, like an old piece of newspaper being pushed over the mountains"), and the action and suspense are up to his usual high standard. But Anna is neither as appealing nor as complex as his customary hero, Lucas Davenport, and other characters also seem grey at times, their movements perfunctory. One can't blame Sandford for wanting to try something new after eight "Prey" novels since 1989 ("Sudden Prey", etc.), plus two thrillers under his real name, John Camp, but let's hope we haven't seen the last of Lucas. BOMC main selection
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.
From the Publisher
“With its pulse-quickening plot and attractive heroine, you’ll be hookedto the finish.” —People

“This is riveting, intense crime fiction...lean and mean...replete with bursts of black prose that zap the reader like quick video cuts.” —

Cedar Rapids Gazette

“A terrifying chase that doesn't relent until the final page.” —

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Sandford’s machine-gun style and his stylish new heroine make The Night Crew an experience worth repeating.” —Orlando Sentinel

“Exceptional...gritty...compelling.” — Cleveland Plain Dealer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101146170
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Series:
Night Crew , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
34,881
File size:
562 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“With its pulse-quickening plot and attractive heroine, you’ll be hooked to the finish.” —People
 
“This is riveting, intense crime fiction...lean and mean...replete with bursts of black prose that zap the reader like quick video cuts.” Cedar Rapids Gazette
 
“A terrifying chase that doesn't relent until the final page.” St. Paul Pioneer Press
 
Sandford’s machine-gun style and his stylish new heroine make The Night Crew an experience worth repeating.” —Orlando Sentinel
 
“Exceptional...gritty...compelling.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

 

Meet the Author

"Like the best writers in this genre—Dashiell Hammett, Elmore Leonard, Ed McBain among them—John Sandford evokes his netherworld with authentic dialogue and meticulous details."—Minneapolis Star Tribune

John Sandford is the pseudonym of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. Camp was born in 1944 and was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He received his B.A. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, and received his first training as a journalist and reporter when he was in Korea for 15 months working for his base paper.



After the army, Camp spent 10 months working for the Cape Girardeau Se Missourian newspaper before returning to the University of Iowa for his Masters in Journalism. From 1971 to 1978, he worked as a general assignment reporter for the Miami Herald, covering killings and drug cases, among other beats, with his colleague, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edna Buchanan.



In 1978, Camp joined the St. Paul Pioneer Press as a features reporter. He became a daily columnist at the newspaper in 1980. In the same year, he was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for an article he wrote on the Native American communities in Minnesota and North Dakota and their modern day social problems. In 1986, Camp won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for a series of articles on the farm crisis in the Midwest.



Camp has written fourteen books in the bestselling "Prey" series under the name John Sandford. The titles in this series, which features Lucas Davenport, include Rules of Prey, Shadow Prey, Eyes of Prey, Silent Prey, Winter Prey, Night Prey, Mind Prey, Sudden Prey, Secret Prey, Certain Prey, Easy Prey, Chosen Prey, Naked Prey, Broken Prey, Invisible Prey, and now, Phantom Prey.

With the "Prey" series, Sandford has displayed a brilliance of characterization and pace that has earned him wide praise and made the books national bestsellers. He has been hailed as a "born storyteller" (San Diego Tribune), his work as "the kind of trimmed-to-the-bone thriller you can't put down" (Chicago Tribune), and Davenport as "one of the most engaging (and iconoclastic) characters in contemporary fiction." (Detroit News)

Brief Biography

Hometown:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
February 23, 1944
Place of Birth:
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Education:
State University of Iowa, Iowa City: B.A., American History; M.A., Journalism
Website:
http://www.johnsandford.org

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Night Crew 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anna Batory is a witty, tough, ambitious video freelanceer who roams around the streets of L.A. looking for shots she could sell to stations offering the highest bid. One suspenseful night that involves 2 deaths and an animal-rights activists. After a drug over-dosed teen jumps off a balcony, it hits one of anna's cameramen hard and takes off early. He turns up dead on a beach the morning and there is no real leads. She meets up with former L.A. cop Jake Harper, who is the high school kid's dad. He and Anna find mysterious connections between Jake's son's death and the death of Anna's crewmen. They continue to find clues that bring them closer to the psychotic killer. The book was a decent read, the story was slow to start though. The complex plot is also kind of difficult to follow. The story uses the 'damsel in distress' style also, that is used in tv and books everywhere. The book seems like anyother, nothing unique about it.
DubhGlas More than 1 year ago
While this book did grab my attention and hold it, I felt that it was not as gripping or as well paced and written as the books in the Virgil Flowers series or those in the Lucas Davenport series. Sandford is an extremely good writer, one of the best in his genre, but his female leading characters don't ring as true as his male lead characters. That said, an average John Sanford Novel is still better than most of the ones on the best selling lists.
pollygirl More than 1 year ago
How anyone can say this is "fast paced" is beyond me. It almost put me to sleep and I had to force myself to keep reading (I don't like to leave a book unfinished even if it is awful)
GRACIE9492 More than 1 year ago
I love Sanford and I know this was an early one but I found too many mistakes in the plot. Too many unbelievable actions.
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Name- Harley Quinnzel. Call me Harley. Age- 16 Appearance: Hair- Blonde and wavy. Reaches my elbows. Eyes- Turqoise. Height- 5"5 Relationship- Single. Hobbies- Anything romantic or with dark humor xD Yep. Group Status- Leader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting premise & fast pace