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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,298 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Sandford Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 LA—where the night crew works.

Tonight, everything changes.

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 free-lancers 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 networks. It’s an exhilarating life … until the day two deaths shake their world.

The first is the jumper. Five stories up, perched on the ledge of a hotel window, dark pants, white shirt, just standing there—and then he’s gone, falling through the air toward the cameras. The second is Jason, one of Anna’s cameramen. Strangely affected by the jumper, he quits the scene early that night, not to be seen again until his body turns up on the beach several hours later, shot in the head. The police wonder if it’s drug-related, but Anna isn’t so sure. The more she looks into it on her own, the more the ghosts of the past—hers, Jason’s, and finally the jumper’s—begin to emerge, until her whole world turns as dark and dangerous as the night itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • “With its pulse-quickening plot and attractive heroine, you’ll be hooked to the finish.”


  • 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
  • “Exceptional…gritty…compelling.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

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

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “The shift from his usual Minneapolis setting to LA brings out the noir in Sandford, and the action and suspense are up to his usual high standard.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Well-orchestrated suspense, nonstop action, plenty of unexpected twists, and a superb climax will keep readers riveted. Sandford, whose Prey series has been a huge commercial success, offers up a feisty new heroine and plenty of human interest in this slick, sleek, nightmarish thriller.”


  • “Sandford here provides an action-packed novel…This thriller has an appealing heroine and well-developed secondary characters. The dialog is clever and hard-edged, black humor abounds, and the romance factor is handled deftly…Sanford fans will not be disappointed; this is an exciting thriller.”

    Library Journal

  • “A credibly gallant woman on the trail of a notably demented weirdo in a host of after-hours venues—a winning and suspense-filled combination for the ultraprofessional Sandford.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  •  “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

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Debbie Scrutton | 2/14/2014

    " I just couldn't get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Daniel | 2/13/2014

    " An exciting update of the noir genre that stacks up well next to Ellroy and other contemporary writers of this style. This book gets dismissed unfairly because it's not what Sanford's Prey series readers are expecting, but The Night Crew has a lot to offer. You don't even need to be patient, the opening pulls you into a mysterious scenario that definitely feels like a setup. The story of Anna Batory's quest to get to her stalker before the cops is a bit dated, very late 1990s (mobile phones not working in all areas? Hmm maybe not too much) but don't hold that against the book. Make room for this one on the shelf between LA Confidential, Poodle Springs and Light Before Day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bryan457 | 2/5/2014

    " I just don't like Anna as well as I like Lucas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeff | 2/1/2014

    " What started off slow, actually turned out to be an enjoyable thriller. The characters were likeable and the plot kept you guessing. I was going to rate it a little higher, but the ending was a slight let down. "

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