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Product Details

  • Series: Shane Scully Novels (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312366272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312366278
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Cannell, creator of TV's Rockford Files and A-Team, fails to translate his considerable narrative gifts into print in this seventh Shane Scully police thriller (after 2006's White Sister). LAPD detective Scully has been struggling in his personal life ever since his wife, Alexa, the department's chief of the detective's bureau, was shot in the head and developed erratic mood swings. Secada Llevar, a sexy investigating officer for internal affairs, corners Scully and demands his help in reopening a homicide; she believes Tru Hickman, convicted of killing his mother to support a meth habit, was railroaded by some corrupt cops, but she has been ordered by her superiors to drop her inquiry. Scully joins her probe and predictably uncovers high-level corruption, possibly connected with an impending mayoral election, while struggling with his attraction to Secada. The perils-of-Pauline ending is better suited for the small screen, and the numerous implausibilities may be too much for some readers. (Jan.)
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Praise for Stephen J. Cannell

“Written by a born entertainer.”

New York Post on White Sister

“A terrific read.”

New York Sun on White Sister

“Cannell dishes out the action in forklift-sized servings.”

—Publishers Weekly on White Sister

“As the case spirals outward from local crime to international espionage dating back to the 1980s, the action rarely lets up.”

Los Angeles Times on Cold Hit

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Customer Reviews

Well draw characters.
Patricia O. Shelnutt
Thiws is an excellent novel, one of a Shane Scully novel series written by author Stephen J. Cannell.
Harold Smith
Great Book, fast moving with a lot of twists and turns.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2008
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This book is definitely two stories instead of one. The first story is character development for Shane and Alexa. For those that don't follow the series, Alexa is recovering from a severe head injury that has produced severe behavioral effects. The second story is a generic corrpution mystery.

I've been following the Shane Scully series from the Tin Collectors. I'm an avid fan. For those that have read previous books and are interested in the Shane/Alexa personal development saga after White sister, buy the book used. If you're new to the series, start with Viking Funeral or Vertical Coffin instead and work forward chronologically.

In fact, it saddens me to say this, but I'm a little disappointed in the book. There were many incongruities in the relationship story and many loose ends left unresolved. Alexa's numerous behavioral transformations are hard to believe. The speed at which Alexa and Shane's marital problems appear to get resolved defies reality.

The corruption part of the story had many incongruities as well -- especially toward the end. Furthermore, it just wasn't that exciting. As an example, The system seemed to be against Shane from the start with no real reason given -- I assumed it had something to do with the mayoral politics, but the bureaucrats blocking the investigation weren't directly tied to the mayoral politics in play. And at the end, it all seems to magically clear up with not even an attempt at closure.

Chief Filosiani, who has been a friend in previous books is largly absent. Chooch makes a couple of cameo appearances, but that's it.

After White Sister, I couldn't wait for the next book. Now that it's come, I find myself wanting quality over quantity.
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While Shane and Alexa Scully are trying to sort out their lives, both personal and professional, after Alexa's head trauma (from White Sister - the 6th Shane Scully novel), Shane is approached by Detective Secada "Scout" Llevar, an Investigating Officer with Professional Stardards (part of the I.A. Division) with an interesting case. A young meth-addict named Truit Hickman is serving twenty-five-to-life in California's notorious Corcoran Prison for killing his mother, and Scout believes the boy is innocent. She asks Shane to help her investigate the case even though there's a confession from Tru, and it's been closed by hard-nosed Captain Jane Sasso.

What Shane discovers is Miguel Iglesia, who now goes by Mike Church, is a far more likely suspect. But Church, Tru's friend, has some serious ties to power, through millionaire Wade Wyatt. Wyatt is the spoiled son of big-time attorney Aubrey Wyatt, and a Police Commissioner of a tiny police force for the tiny North Van Nuys Transit Authority. Both Church and Wyatt have ties to Prosecutor and Mayoral Candidate Tito Morales and Head of Van Nuys Homicide Division Brian Devine. Why would there be such power behind the prosecution of a small-time meth-addict murdering his mother over a simple six-pack of beer?

Facing suspension and a Skelly hearing over his investigation of Tru's case, Shane must also deal with the changes in Alexa's behavior. Because of her head injury, Alexa isn't the same emotionally, and Shane discovers she's on medication for seizures. Dealing with Alexa's emotional detachment from him, Shane finds himself attracted to Scout, jeopardizing his marriage.

This 7th book in Cannell's 'Shane Scully' series is again written in first-person from Shane's POV.
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By Bookreporter on February 25, 2008
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As much as I hate to admit it, WHITE SISTER, the sixth Shane Scully novel, somehow slipped by me. So I was a little shocked to find that Scully's unique and successful marriage to his department's chief was being strained and in danger of failing. It seems that a head wound that Alexa suffered in that book has left her with severe personality changes, which has Scully wondering what happened to the woman he married. And when Secada "Scout" Llevar, a beautiful investigator from Internal Affairs, asks him to look into a case, his previously monogamous feelings are tempted to wander.

Though Stephen J. Cannell is certainly not known as a romance writer, he always manages to include enough of a tender backstory to add dimension to his street-wise, tough-guy characters. He has a brilliant knack for creating people who are at once realistic and bigger than life. They are quick thinking, fast talking and capable --- perhaps willing to bend the rules but always with the goal of justice in mind.

A small-time crook is serving a life sentence for the murder of his mother. He admitted to the crime but now claims his confession was coerced by the cops. As Llevar tries to convince Scully to investigate, she chides his reluctance: "I thought you were supposed to be a White Knight...a walk-alone who wants to get it right and doesn't sweat the fallout." Scully replies, "That's the Disney movie. In the Miramax version I s*** my pants and run like a rabbit." It's this kind of dialogue that crackles throughout the book and brings on waves of nostalgia for the old "NYPD Blue" series.

As he begins delving into the case, Scully quickly spots inconsistencies that should have been picked up by the original investigator.
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