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3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  993 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
Meet Joe Trumbull. Two years ago his fiancée, Laurel, was brutally murdered…and the killer was never caught. Joe, a juvenile probation officer in Kingston, New York, won't ever forget his first true love. But as time passes, he is willing to give another woman, Marlene Frost, a chance—and hopes a brand-new relationship with a beautiful, charismatic woman might be just what ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Les Edgerton
May 24, 2011 Les Edgerton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I simply can't get enough of Steve Hamilton's novels! I finally read all of the Alex McKnight series and his remarkable "The Lock Artist" picked up the last novel, the stand-alone "Night Work" and... wow! He's created a totally different protagonist than McKnight, but this guy could easily have his own series... and I hope he does.

The only criticism I have of Steve Hamilton's novels is that he doesn't write fast enough. I want more!
Gloria Feit
Nov 19, 2014 Gloria Feit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jerry
Aug 31, 2011 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This one started off quite good. I really liked the character Joe Trumbull is a juvenile probation officer, who loves old jazz, and lives in a room above a boxing gym. He's still mourning the loss of his fiance who was murdered two years earlier. This one was going great right up until the end, then it just got strange, and quite unbelievable. So, a page turner right up to the disappointing end.
Andrea
Jul 13, 2011 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrea by: List author suggestion
Really 3.5 stars. This one had me all the way - hard to put down - but I never quite "got" the killer's motivation.
Chris
Feb 04, 2017 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one, kept me engaged to the end.
Maddy
Dec 12, 2009 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2007-reads
PROTAGONIST: Joe Trumbull, juvenile probation officer
SETTING: Kingston, NY
SERIES: Standalone thriller
RATING: 3.5

It's been two years since juvenile probation officer Joe Trumbull's fiancée, Laurel, was strangled to death. He's been wallowing in grief ever since. On an intellectual level, he knows he needs to move on; on an emotional level, he's finding it difficult. He finally gets up the nerve to go on a blind date with a jewelry designer named Marlene who is new to the area. It starts out badly
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Tiffeny
I started off planning to give this book a five. By the time I got to the end though, I couldn't bring myself to give it more than a 3, but it would probably be a 3.5 really, if that helps. I have a couple of comments so I'm going to break them into bullets.

--The Main Character: In some ways Joe Trumbull is quite likeable, and I really liked him for a long time. Then he kind of got stupid. Maybe being accused of murder makes you irrational, but I thought he did and said some really stupid things
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Dana
Dec 07, 2013 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had forgotten how much I liked Steve Hamilton as an author until I read "Night Work."  The first book I read by him was "The Lock Artist", which I thought was so creative, and this book had a similarly ingenious plot.  "Night Work" revolved around several murders that all led to one suspect, Joe.  Joe claimed he didn't kill the women despite the evidence that mounted against him.  Of course, the false accusations set Joe on a mission to find the real killer, and drew him into a web of mystery. ...more
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Joe Trumbell works in upstate New York as a probation officer. When the book opens he is about to go on a blind date: his first since his fiancee Laurel was murdered two years ago. The date with Marlene goes very well - but shortly afterwards her dead body is found. Despite assertations to the contrary, it is clear that Trumbull is the police's best suspect. As the evidence against him mounts, he becomes determined to find the killer and to clear his name before it's too late.

The storyline is a
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Joanne
Oct 29, 2012 Joanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steve Hamilton usually places his action in Michigan. This one is the only book he has written that takes place in New York state. I'd gone to a talk he gave in which he mentioned this book, noting that no one ever asks him to write another book about this character. Hmmm, I thought I'd read all his books. Missed this one, I thought. But I didn't, I had just lost it from my memory. If you like Steve Hamilton's writing, go for it. If you have never heard of Steve Hamilton, this is not a book to s ...more
Joyce
Feb 14, 2016 Joyce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Author Steve Hamilton's first non-Alex McKnight story. Joe Trumbull is a probation officer who has the worst luck with women imaginable. The woman he was going to marry was killed the night of his bachelor party two years ago. Now every woman he talks to winds up dead. Story is interesting but the title makes no sense. The killer doesn't always operate at night and a probation officer doesn't do his job at night.
Nike Chillemi
Joe Trumble, a juvenile probation officer, finally decides he's ready to accept a blind date two years after his fiance Laurel's brutal murder. At first he gets cold feet and almost stands his date up, but then thinks better of it and is surprised at how well the evening goes. Then he learns the next day the woman was strangled to death.
Liked this hero.
Elizabeth
Nov 21, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-book, gr8
A must Read if you enjoy Hamilton. !!!! Awesome book!
Wayne
Jan 08, 2017 Wayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first non-Alex McKnight Steve Hamilton novel. Told in the first person, it took me 25 or so pages to get really involved in this story. Then, I couldn't put the book down, and finished the 294 page book in 2 sittings.
Joe Trumbull is a probation officer in Kingston, NY. His fiancee had been murdered 2 years ago and he has not dated since. Finally agreeing to a blind date, his life becomes a nightmare. After 3 women acquaintances of his are found murdered, Joe becomes a suspect. Night W
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Cindy
Feb 15, 2017 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I'm irrevocably a fan of Hamilton's Alex McKnight series (set in my home state of Michigan), I'd read a book from him if the setting was Mars! He has exactly the kind of writing style I adore...smart protagonist, small handful of supporting characters, no complicated setting to make my brain encompass, spare yet interesting dialogue, clever plot ideas, no web of side plots to keep track of. In summary, probably not Pulitzer Prize work, but dang entertaining and satisfying.
Amy Jurewicz
Mr. Hamilton should head back to Paradise and Alex McNight.
Heather
The plot device of the good man wrongly accused of a crime is a popular one in our culture. I wonder what social scientists would say about that...are we so afraid of the authority of the police that we subconsciously write stories that show us triumphing over their perceived injustice? Well, I don't know what the prevalence of these stories says about us as a culture, but given my reading history I have come across a lot of these kinds of mysteries. Night Work, by Steve Hamilton, has the benefi ...more
Jim Nolt
Dec 10, 2013 Jim Nolt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because I've enjoyed several of the books from Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series, I was eager to how "Night Work" compares. The occupation and setting may differ, but Joe Trumbull, a parole officer in Kingston NY, has a personality very much like Alex McKnight's and there are similarities in their backgrounds. McKnight, a loner, was a Detroit cop who left the force after his partner was shot to death. Trumbull, a loner, is a parole officer whose fiancée was strangled two years before the sto ...more
Beverly
Jan 29, 2016 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I listened to this book. Dick Hill was the reader and I really did not like his voice, although I will say that it does have a kind of old-timey, growley tone to it that makes you think of old detective movies. To me it was annoying. I did like the actual story line (which is what rounds it up to a 4). Joe Trumbull is a probation officer for juveniles. When he's not checking up on his charges and trying to keep them out of trouble, he's working out on the punching bags down at the gym. He keeps ...more
Paul Penney
Nov 14, 2013 Paul Penney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this novel, Hamilton introduces a new character, probation officer and recreational boxer Joe Trumbull, who has lost the love of his life two years ago and is just getting back to the dating scene. Don't worry, this isn't a romance novel, but an interesting mystery. It starts off kinda slow, so you need to be patient, because it gets suspenseful and hard to put down. Early on, you may not believe it, but hang in there, because the pace quickens and the ending is worth the wait (I won't spoil ...more
Drcognition
Aug 14, 2015 Drcognition rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have a rule about reading books. I read the first 20% of a book and at that point I decide whether I want to read the rest of it. I had to invoke the 20% rule with this book. I read about sixty pages and realized that NOTHING HAD HAPPENED! Oh, there had been some exposition, some backstory, and some character description but nothing really happened. So I ditched this book. Those of you who have read and liked this book will probably tell me that I should have read a little more and it would ha ...more
Teresa in Ohio
May 10, 2009 Teresa in Ohio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
Joe is a probation officer putting his life back together after tradegy hits. He goes out on his first date in over 2 yrs and it was perfect. The next morning he wakes up and his life is anything from perfect. Woman are dying in his town and he is the prime suspect. The cops don't believe his explainations or alibis but they don't have enough to hold him as a suspect. Joe ventures out on his own to find the truth of the matter that is turning his life upside down. I read this book in 24 hours, b ...more
Ed
Nov 28, 2015 Ed rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Lock Artist was one of the best books I've read in the last 18 months, so I was eager to check out something by Hamilton. The first two thirds of this book have the same strong sense of character and place and I thought I was in the same assured hands. Sadly, the climax is so hokey and contrived this book fell at least two stars. This kind of stalking/revenge has been done so much but that doesn't mean it can't be fresh. It is not fresh here and gets sillier by the page. The Lock Artist was ...more
Ed
May 04, 2015 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finalist 2008 Gold Dagger Award. Here is a case where I don't agree with the award. After 7 entries in the award winning Alex McKnight series about an ex-cop in northern MI, author Hamilton has produced this unsatisfying stand-alone about a probation officer in upstate NY.

Thriller - Joe Trumbell is a probation officer in Kingston, NY. He goes on a first date two years after the murder of his fiancé and the next day this woman is killed with evidence pointing at Joe. Kingston detective Howie is o
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Alicia
Sep 15, 2015 Alicia rated it did not like it
I've read Hamilton's McKnight series and had pretty consistent takeaways. Loved the characters and story settings; didn't like the stories the characters were placed in. Would of glady read "minute by minute" account of a typical Alex McKnight day, from dawn til dusk, everyday until he was old and gray. Night Work is a standalone novel, so it needs to work hard, grabbing you with great characters, settings and a knockout story. 339 pages just wasn't long enough to do any of that, but I would bet ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Excellant Joe Trumbull is not a man who scares easily. He,s a juvenile probation officer in Kingston Newyork.O n the night of his bachelor party his fiance is murdered in a home invasion. Joe has been through two years of hell wondering what if. The police still have no leads. Joe finally decides to start dating again. Only problem is someone doesn,t want Joe to be happy. something happens to every women he meets. Now he is a person of interest to the police. He needs to clear his name and help ...more
Carol
Jun 18, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book on a whim. Always looking for a writer to add to my ever growing list. Hamilton turns out to be a great story teller. Very entertaining. The characters and small town Kingston, New York came alive in this fast paced edge of your seat crime story....Joe Turnbull a juvenile probation officer has decided to start dating again, two years after his fiancee was murdered.The blind date goes well and Joe thinks things are going to get better for him...someone else has other plans f ...more
Pam
Nov 22, 2007 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-york-mystery
11/25/07
TITLE/AUTHOR: NIGHT WORK by Steve Hamilton
RATING: 4/B
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/2007/294 pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand-Alone
TIME/PLACE: present/Kingston, NY
CHARACTERS: Joe Trumbull/juvenile probation officer
FIRST LINES: I was scared to death that night. I admit it.

COMMENTS: library book. Joe Trumbull is a probation officer for juveniles in Kingston, NY. It's been 2 yrs since his fiance was murdered and he has not gotten involved w/ anyone since. When several women that he has brie
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Bronwyn Rykiert
I thought this was a pretty good story.

Joe Trumble is a Probation Officer whose fiance Laurel was murdered 2 years previously and Joe is just about to start dating again. He meets a lady and they meet for dinner and have a good time and the next morning she is dead as are a couple of other women he comes into contact with. The police call him in for questioning and tie these latest murders with the murder of Laurel, they did that pretty quickly too. Joe does a bit of investigating on his own as
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Julian
Dec 30, 2015 Julian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like reading Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series- this time, however, I decided to read
another of his books entitled "Night Work" with the character Joe Trumball who I really like as well!
Although a few other people didn't care for the way the story ended, I couldn't come up with what they thought so I totally enjoyed this book and hope that Steve Hamilton will be writing more books with the character Joe Trumball or JT! I like that! Anyway, the novel moved right along and I totally e
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