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The Night Crew (1997)

by John Sandford

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A mobile unit of video freelancers prowls the streets to sell the footage they capture to the highest network bidder. It is an exhilarating life. But tonight, two deaths will change everything ( )
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  Tutter | Mar 1, 2015 |
This books doesn't feature any of the wellknown characters of the author, such as Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers. Too bad. I thought the plot was a bit erratic, rushed at the end, and the characters and places did not have the usual detail and familiarity to the author. I much prefer the Minnesota-based novels by the same author. ( )
  klockrike | Aug 4, 2014 |
I know that many people disliked this book because it's a departure from Sandford's Lucas Davenport series. For my money, while a solid read, they had become too formulaic. Night Crew takes place in Los Angeles instead of Minneapolis and follows Anna Batory, a freelance videographer who roams the city listening to police calls in hopes of beating regular news crews to a story so she can sell some video to the networks.

Unlike the geography of Minneapolis which stands out in the Prey series, I just didn't get a sense of place in this book. Lots of running around, but I felt like I was hovering over a map instead of being in the place itself, something I think Sandford accomplishes better in the Davenport series. The relationships between the characters could have been fleshed out better. Jake Harper, ex-cop, who becomes Anna's lover?/boyfriend?something?, loses his son in the opening scene, but the impact on Jake (pun intended since he jumps from a window) seems slight.

Many people who like the Prey series have not liked this one. I did, but with reservations. It has promise for a new series. We'll see.

The Kidd series is enjoyable; I have tried any of the Virgil Flowers titles yet. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
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.

### Amazon.com Review

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*

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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. ( )
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  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
A vicious stalker targets a freelance TV news reporter in this fast-paced, suspenseful thriller. As the body count rises, Sanford raises the stakes for Anna Batory - is the killer someone she knows?

This is a page-turner, but if you're looking for true love ever after, look again. ( )
  SunnySD | Mar 10, 2013 |
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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

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Anna Batory, a freelance television news journalist new to Los Angeles, finds herself facing danger and ghosts from her past when she investigates a suicide and a friend's murder.

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