From Publishers Weekly
After a successful career as a television writer-producer (The Rockford Files
), Cannell is carving a strong second, thanks mainly to the series featuring LAPD homicide sleuth Shane Scully. In this outing, Scully's partner has slipped into an angry, alcoholic funk and their high-priority case—the search for a serial slayer who snips the digits of his homeless victims—is usurped by a task force headed by an arrogant FBI profiler. Cannell's strong suit has always been unique characters, and Scully's world-weary cop and family man is no exception. Add to that an intriguing mystery, authentic cop jargon (smoothly translated), snapshot descriptions of Southern California locales and a couple of tense and amusing LAPD–Homeland Security face-offs. Brick's rendition is clear, precise and effective in adding accent touches. While he knows how to build tension when a buzz saw is pressed to Scully's hand, his voice is too youthful and newsreader perfect to stand in for a disillusioned veteran cop. Scully narrates the novel, and a deeper, darker timbre would have turned this entertaining audio into an exceptional one.
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In his new outing, L.A. homicide detective Shane Scully has too many things to deal with. There's the latest in a string of serial murders, although Shane has serious doubts that this victim fits the pattern. There's his captain, who keeps pressing him to get the murder solved before the chief of detectives forms a task force. There's his wife, the aforementioned chief of detectives. There's his partner, an old friend who is in serious danger of letting booze take away his badge. And there's the surprising link between Shane's current murder victim and a decade-old unsolved murder of an L.A. cop. Despite having several novels under his belt, Cannell may still be better known as a television producer (The A-Team
, The Commish
, The Rockford Files
), but that will soon change. In Scully, he has created one of the genre's most interestingly conflicted characters, a veteran cop who's seen it all and who (like Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch) is getting just a little tired of all the crap. Cannell's writing keeps improving, too; fans of the Scully series will note both an added depth and a new stylistic panache in this installment. With every book, Cannell moves closer to joining crime fiction's A-Team. David PittCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved