“The Night Crew” by John Sandford

Sandford, John. The Night Crew (1997)  
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 371 pages, $23.95 hardcover  
ISBN 0 399 14237 1

The action has moved from Minnesota to Los Angeles and the protagonist is a woman, but otherwise fans of John Sandford’s “Prey” series won’t notice much difference between the earlier novels and this one.

The main character here is Anna Batory, a Midwesterner trained as a concert pianist. Not quite good enough for a concert career, she’s come to Los Angeles, where she runs a group of freelance video journalists who roam the city streets at night in search of news stories to sell to local stations and the networks.

This book’s nonstop action begins right away, when the night crew videotapes an apparent suicide, a young man jumping from a building. Then the photographer who shot the tape of the jumper washes ashore with a bullet hole in his head. The tough and resourceful Anna soon suspects that the killer is after her. The pace never lets up as she relentlessly pursues him before he can get to her.

© 1997 by Mary Daniels Brown

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