Night Work: A Novel

Night Work: A Novel

by Steve Hamilton
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Night Work 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have immensely enjoyed reading each Alex McNight novel. But 'Night Work', what a disappointment especially after eagerly awaiting its release. Sterile primary characters plodding along in a novel that was about 100 pages too long. In my opinion,this effort makes for reading that's short on suspense, tedious and boring. Maybe it's time for Joe Trumbull to move to the Upper Peninsula.
readerh2 More than 1 year ago
Night Work holds nowhere near the appeal of the Alex McKnight series in both charachters and plot. The first part of the book gets a bit overbearing dealing with Joe Trumbel's problems handeling Laurel's death and clearly over does his worries and doubts about his first date since her death. although not being a fan of the sensless sport of boxing, I would think that ole' Joe is a bit of a wuss and definately needs some serious mental help. The end plot is a bit unusual and origonal but overall the book is, charachter wise and the droning on about Joe's mental state, a definate dissapointment. Steve Hamilton is certainly a better writer than shows in this novel.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Looks can be deceiving, and so can feelings. Joe Trumbull learned this lesson not just the hard way but in a way that was almost fatal. To date, life hasn't been good to him. He's a juvenile probation officer in Kingston, New York. Some of the kids are petty offenders, others could be classified as hard-boiled criminals. So, we'd assume Joe was a pretty savvy guy. Perhaps so, but his mind is also clouded by tragedy. It was two years ago that he was looking forward to marrying Laurel. Then, on the night of his bachelor party she was strangled. Since then Joe has turned inward, retreated, doing his job and working out at the gym. But now he thinks that just maybe he's ready to make a better kind of life for himself, so he goes out on a blind date. Surprisingly to him the evening went well. Shocking to him was the murder of his date later that same evening. As other women are killed, women who had some contact with Joe, the police zero in on him as suspect No. 1. It seems the only way he can clear himself is to find the psychotic killer who is intent upon destroying him. Edgar and Shamus winner Steve Hamilton has crafted a suspenseful tale, which is read by another winner - Dick Hill. Named a Golden Voice and a Voice of the Century by Audiophile magazine, Hill delivers one more stunning narration. - Gail Cooke
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Kingston, New York, juvenile probation officer Joe Trumbull has spent the past two years buried in his work while he grieves the strangulation murder of his fiancée Laurel three days before their wedding. Though he still mourns his loss and believes he will compare all women to Laurel, Joe finally goes out on a blind date with Marlene. A few hours after their date ends, Marlene is found strangled to death. Not long after that he tries to help battered wife Sandy, who soon after his offer of assistance is found strangled to death.------------------ The local police turn to the State for homicide detectives to investigate since the small department has no one capable of working a serial killer case. Joe being the obvious link between the murders is the prime and only suspect. He begins an investigation to find a killer before he is arrested.--------------------- This is an entertaining investigative thriller although fans of Steve Hamilton who know Alex McKnight will think Joe Trumbull is no Alex. The whodunit is cleverly developed especially the motive and the location on the Hudson is vividly described. However, Joe¿s constant self pity becomes irritating and after a while he loses the empathy he had early on. Still this is an interesting stand alone tale of a man who is trying to return to the living when all he finds are deaths.----------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoy all his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All isn't explained real well as to why and how but the book kept me reading and was hard to put down. Creative plot, differenttype of who done it. I liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steve Hamilton is -- unfairly -- among the best-kept secrets in the wide world of crime writers, possibly because in his stand-alone books he requires readers with a higher IQ than those who inhale genre work in a single sitting and judge its worth on the basis of how many get killed per chapter, and did the hero or heroin get laid. That requirement for a fondness for plot and character development - versus police chases and gunfights - applies to "Night Work" just as it did to "The Lock Artist." I wonder how many of those reviewers who are knocking the book actually caught the almost subliminal key to Joe's relationship with Laurel? This book is a classic laying out of a devious plot to frame a somewhat clueless, decent guy for murders staged to placate a demented woman "of a certain age"? Or have I given away too much? By all means, do not be deterred by the negative reviews here. Being from Michigan, I have read all of the Alex McKnight novels set in the Upper Peninsula and give them five solid stars too, immensely entertaining, yet they are formulaic, genre pieces and cut from a different cloth than the likes of "Night Work." Get this book and enjoy it, and don't miss the more than casually revealing hint about Miss Laurel, and her actual relationship with poor, paranoid, clueless, beaten up Joe.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
In his first standalone, following his wonderful Alex McKnight series, Steve Hamilton introduces Joe Trumbull, a probation officer in Kingston, New York, an upstate city in the Hudson Valley. He lives in an apartment above a converted bus station now serving as a gym, where he works out every day to try to keep in shape, at which he mostly succeeds. He describes his job as follows: “I’m part cop, part social worker, part guidance counselor, part rehab coordinator, part bounty hunter. Every hour of every day, I’m your official court-designated guardian angel. I can come to your house on a school-day morning and drag your ass out of bed, because going to school is an absolutely nonnegotiable part of your probation.” He sees himself as helping the kids with whom he works to make something good of their lives when those lives are at a critical juncture. Just as idealistic is the young woman to whom he is engaged: she works at a battered women’s shelter, and is passionate about her work, up until the day, three days before their wedding, when she is murdered. Her killer has never been caught. As the book opens, Joe has been at a sort of disconnect from the life around him, going into work on his day off, feeling “This was where I belonged, no doubt about it, reading over somebody’s PSI [presentence investigation] instead of being outside enjoying a perfect August day,” when he decides that “after two long years, it was time to start my life again,” and is about to embark on a blind date, his first date since the death of his fiancée, who he still refers to as ‘my Laurel.’ His date goes remarkably, and unexpectedly, well. And then the unthinkable happens, followed shortly by the unimaginable. At which point everything changes, and the book becomes impossible to put down. The suspense kept this reader glued to the page right up until the ending. My one complaint was that that ending was almost anticlimactic, and nearly fails to live up to what had preceded it. Which does not at all inhibit my recommendation of this terrific read. I particularly enjoyed Mr. Hamilton’s protagonist love of jazz, at one point describing a great saxophone solo “with the perfect smooth tone like the sound of your lover’s voice. It was impossible for someone to play that well, absolutely impossible, but that’s the thing about live jazz. When it comes together it sounds better than you ever could have expected. As good as anything you’ve ever heard.” In this, as well as in his fine writing, the author joins another wonderful contemporary mystery author, Michael Connelly—high praise indeed.
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