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3.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 5 3.52 (27 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: October 2012 ISBN: 9781101617052
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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.”

    People

  • 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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Close | 1/30/2014

    " Very suspenseful pursuit mystery. Excellent! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 1/27/2014

    " Not as good as most of the other Sanford I've read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/12/2014

    " A nice Sandford deviation from the Lucas Davenport series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 1/11/2014

    " Fairly entertaining until the last few chapters, when it drove off a cliff, crashed, and burned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marion | 1/10/2014

    " a chang from the usual davenport books but i loved the new characters and the book had a very good plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Goffacat | 1/5/2014

    " Liked most of the book until the end. I was disappointed in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 12/26/2013

    " I liked this one. I love Sandford's pace. I loved Angela, and the reality of what they did to help find 'news'. I wondered about the perp, but I didn't quite get it exactly right. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debbie Scrutton | 12/21/2013

    " I just couldn't get into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 12/9/2013

    " not one of his better stories "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 12/1/2013

    " A very entetaining read by the author of the "prey" series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette Barfield | 11/20/2013

    " I will not compare this to the Prey novels or the newer Flowers character. It is stand alone and really quite good. Well, why not? I have yet to read a John Sandford novel that wasn't good. He has long been one of my favorite authors, and I look forward to the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 10/21/2013

    " Excellent read. Wish there were more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Peters | 9/20/2013

    " A fun group of characters and a solid stand-alone. Well worth the read if you want to get a feel for Sandford's writing before jumping into his serial works "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 9/19/2013

    " Wow! What a story! This is one of his best books, in my opinion. It may be a little violent in parts, but tolerable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 9/1/2013

    " I wasn't happy with this book. I gave it 3 stars because it was John Sandford, who is one of my favorite authors. I always love everything he writes. This one just didn't do it for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi | 8/1/2013

    " This type of novel is like lazing around in a comfy pair of sweats. This is my favorite genre, and the book was a relaxing, enjoyable read. I can honestly say that I didn't figure out who it was until it was revealed. Too many possibilities, and lots of change in direction. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KD Mackintosh | 5/2/2013

    " This was an interesting book although the ending was not to hard to predict, I still found it an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 4/28/2013

    " Great book. Different from the Prey series but very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynai | 4/10/2013

    " One of Sandford's best! Anna Battory deserves a series of her own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wayne Ereira | 4/2/2013

    " Just got to love Sandford - he has a precise style and his characters are richly formed. His ability to keep all of his stories flowing almost on the brink of being out of control, with unexpected turns and twists, is flawless. Never want to stop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Data | 2/7/2013

    " A chilling thriller, with plenty of action. A gritty tough night owl heroine is stalked by a killer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/13/2013

    " This is his only book with this set of characters. I liked it but the female lead was quite hard and I can see where his average reader would not like her. I am not sure there could be a sequel with the way the book ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/23/2012

    " A thriller with typical plot, but the many twists and turns makes it more interesting. "

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About the Author
Author John Sandford

John Sandford is the pseudonym of John Roswell Camp, an American author and journalist. He won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 1986 and was one of four finalists for the prize in 1980. He also won the Distinguished Writing Award of the American Society of Newspaper Editors for 1985. He is the author of more than thirty published novels, all of which have appeared, in one format or another, on the New York Times bestseller lists. His books have been translated into most European languages, as well as Japanese and Korean. He is the principal sponsor of a major archaeological dig in Israel and is on the board of directors of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research.

About the Narrator

Richard Ferrone, an Audie Award winner, has consistently received high praise from critics and fans alike for his audiobook performances for over twenty years. He has performed on and off Broadway and in regional theaters. His television appearances include Law & Order, Against the Law, Guiding Light, and One Life to Live.