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Stephen J. Cannell has written and produced enough TV cop shows to give him plenty of inside know-how about the LAPD, and recent events in OJ-land make the plot of The Tin Collectors--conspiracy, corruption, and murder by the boys in blue--more than credible. The tin collectors are the internal affairs cops, and they're out to make police sergeant Shane Scully the fall guy after he kills his former partner, Ray Molnar, in the midst of a domestic dispute that was just a click away from ending in the murder of Ray's wife. Not so coincidentally, she was once Shane's lover, a fact the tin collectors seize upon as evidence that Scully wanted the highly regarded Molar dead. As the wrongfully accused but redoubtable cop fights to clear his name, he discovers Ray's secret life: his other wife, his luxurious Lake Arrowhead home, and the ladder of corruption that reaches all the way to the top in the City of Angels. It should come as no surprise that this has TV-treatment written all over it. Read it now before it comes to a small screen near you, as it surely will. And applaud Cannell's growing ability to flesh out his characters with enough subtext and complexity to make a prime-time series starring Shane a strong possibility. --Jane Adams

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Author (King Con) and Emmy Award-winning TV writer Cannell (The Rockford Files) continues his string of commercially appealing suspense novels with an offbeat, action-driven police drama about high-level corruption in the LAPD. This time around, Cannell fans will discover a refreshingDand newly sprungDconcern for his characters' motivations. Sgt. Shane Scully, a well-decorated L.A. detective, receives a late-night phone call from Barbara Molar, a former girlfriend and current wife of Shane's ex-partner, Ray. Ray has a history of violence, and right now he is trying to kill Barbara. Without waiting for backup, Shane runs to the rescue and is forced to kill Ray in self-defense. Fully expecting to be vindicated after a routine debriefing, instead Shane finds himself persona non grata with fellow officers and the mayor. He's a murder suspect, and he's accused of stealing sensitive case files that Ray was working on at home. The case is referred to Shane's former nemesis Alexa Hamilton, a legendary "tin collector" at Internal Affairs. In a subplot, Shane helps out Sandy Sandoval, a call girl turned police informant, with her confused, angry son. Sandy is involved in a sting operation and enlists Shane's help as a role model for 15-year-old Chooch, who is on the verge of being expelled from private school. While helping Chooch mature and defending his own career, Shane suddenly discovers that Alexa is really a secret ally. The pair, now tentative lovers, follow a convoluted trail exposing political land graft. Exhibiting a new sensitivity to his characters' emotional depth, Cannell continues to improve as a novelist. (Jan. 13) Forecast: Recent revelations about corruption in the LAPD add credence to Cannell's story. An excerpt in the Avon paperback release of The Devil's Workshop (Nov.) should pique advance interest, while major ad/promo, including a national author tour, and a bold dust jacket will help when the book hits the shelves. Audio rights sold to Brilliance.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 796 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0048EKI2Y
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Schtinky VINE VOICE on January 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit that I love Stephen J. Cannell. The characters in this book all come alive, you meet them, some you like and some you don't. But they all develop and grow, some in a good way and some in a bad way. There are enough twists to keep you reading straight through. The "near misses" that Shane seems to encounter constantly kept me on the edge of my seat. This isn't the first cop story that exposes corruption in high places, but I think that the resolution that Mr. Cannell gives his story has a more realistic ring to it than most. And you can't help but like Shane and Alexa's approach to "information gathering". A fast, fun, engrossing book to read, one of Mr. Cannell's best!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John W. Bates on January 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The Tin Collectors is Cannell's sixth novel. At first blush it seems to be just another basic, good, cop story; but it develops into something more, going beyond the action and plot into relationships. LAPD detective Shane Scully receives a call in the middle of the night from Barbara, his one-time girl friend who is married to his ex-partner, super cop Ray Molar. Ray has gone berserk and she needs help. Shane dashes the five miles to their house and finds Ray about to kill Barbara. When Shane intervenes, Ray tries to shoot him. Shane returns fire in self defense and kills Ray. This is a difficult situation, but Shane knows he is in the right and expects that all will work out. Ha! For reasons Shane cannot figure out, the top administration of the police department quickly elevates the situation to a major affair and turn it over to Internal Affairs. The Internal Affairs Division is informally known as "The Tin Collectors" because of their high rate of convicting cops and collecting their "tin" (badges). Shane's case is assigned to an IAD prosecutor brought back from another assignment. An earlier investigation of Shane in which he was exonerated was one of her few defeats. Several young cops for whom Ray was something of an idol are assigned minor roles in the investigation and make things difficult for Shane. Why are these cops even involved-their normal assignments are far from IAD business? In the end justice prevails, although it takes some skillful writing to resolve the situation without artificial solutions. Along with the standard cop story, Shane is involved with a fifteen year-old problem child. The boy's single mother has asked Shane to let her son, Chooch, stay with him for a month or so in order to have a good male role model.Read more ›
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nick G on December 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
LAPD Detective Shane Scully receives a phone call in the middle of the night from his ex-partner's wife, she is begging for help as her husband is beating her. Scully races to help her, only to be thrust in the middle of an argument that results in death.
The death of his ex-partner will put Scully at the hands of Internal Affairs, as they investigate what appears to be a renegade cop killing. Desperate to save his carreer, Scully begins to uncover a conspiracy that reaches the top of the force.
With nowhere else to turn, he begins looking into the dead officer's past, only to find more mystery of the man he thought he knew.
While trying clear his name and battling Internal Affairs prosecuter, Alexa Hamilton, he must also protect the teenage boy left in his custody by Sandy Sandoval, the LAPD's leading informant.
"The Tin Collectors" is a non-stop ride of action and mystery, with a dynamite plot, and lightning fast pacing.
Stephen J. Cannell is one of the leading writers of escapist fiction, and his new tale should rocket up the bestseller list's.
Readers looking for a novel they can't put down should try this one.
Nick Gonnella
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thriller Lover VINE VOICE on October 21, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read a lot of thrillers, and I found this book highly entertaining overall. Stephen J. Cannell, who is mainly known for his television work, is a surprisingly good novelist. This is a well-paced novel of suspense, and I kept turning the pages.

The major downside of this book is the plot. This book starts as a realistic police procedural. LAPD detective Shane Scully is forced to shoot a fellow officer, and faces discipline from Internal Affairs. Cannell does a great job explaining this process. He obviously did a lot of research into the LAPD and its inner workings. In some ways, I thought this novel was on par with some of Michael Connelly's great work. The first half of THE TIN COLLECTORS is very realistic and gripping.

Unfortunately, during the second half of this novel, Cannell pretty much throws reality out the window. This novel eventually turns into a silly "conspiracy plot" book where Scully does battle with his own Police Chief, the corrupt Mayors of two (!) separate major cities, as well as a major hollywood producer. Somehow, he single handedly brings all these people down, engages in some major gunfights, and starts a new romantic relationship in the process.

In other words, this novel ends up being kind of silly, like a dumb action movie. That's okay -- a novel doesn't have to be realistic to be entertaining. And THE TIN COLLECTORS is more entertaining that a lot of novels that I have recently read.

Still, I think that Cannell has the potential to write something better and more gritty than what I found in this book. I think if he set his mind to it, he could write something as good as Michael Connelly or Robert Crais. He hasn't done that with this novel, which is too bad.
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