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Vigilante (Shane Scully Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen J. Cannell
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Book Description

In the last novel by acclaimed producer and New York Times bestselling author Stephen J. Cannell, LAPD detective Shane Scully and his partner Sumner Hitchens investigate a crime with ties to the sometimes violent world of reality TV

Lita Mendez was a thorn in the LAPD's side.  An aggressive police critic and gang activist, she’d filed countless complaints against the department. So when she's found dead in her home, Detective Scully and his partner Hitchens fear the worst: that there's a killer in their ranks.

Outside the crime scene, Nixon Nash and his television crew have set up shop.  Nash is the charismatic host of a hit reality show called "Vigilante TV," dedicated to beating the cops at their own game: solving murders before they can.  Now he has the murder of Lita Mendez in his sights.  He presents the detectives with a choice: either join his team, or prepare for a public takedown.

But Scully knows that Nash isn't the folk-hero he seems.  He will do anything in the name of self-promotion.  If a detective got in his way, would he be prepared to kill? In this new novel, Scully will have to risk everything save himself and the job he loves.

Editorial Reviews


“Cannell’s sturdy just-the-facts style and intimate knowledge of L.A. police venues and procedures unflinchingly ring true in a culture that assumes even homicide “isn’t about justice; it’s about Nielsen ratings.” —Publishers Weekly

“The late Cannell’s last Scully novel is a fitting ending to the series, reminding us why Cannell was a significant part of our entertainment culture on TV and in print for decades: he was a darn good storyteller. This well-plotted story shouldn’t be missed.” —Romantic Times

“In his valedictory case, LAPD Detective Shane Scully (The Prostitutes’ Ball, 2010, etc.) finds real danger in the dubious world of reality TV . . . Well plotted and smartly paced. Scully goes out a winner.” —Kirkus Reviews

From the Back Cover

“Cannell knows how to cut to the chase.”

The New York Times


Lita Mendez has always been a thorn in the LAPD’s side.  An outspoken police critic and gang activist, she’d filed countless complaints against the department. So when she’s found dead in her home, Detective Scully and his partner Hitchens fear the worst: that there’s a killer in their ranks. And nowthat chilling possibility is about to become a reality…television show.

“Cannell’s sturdy just-the-facts style and intimate knowledge of L.A. police procedures unflinchingly ring true.” —Publishers Weekly


Outside the crime scene, acamera crew has set up shop.  Hosted by the charismatic Nixon Nash, “Vigilante TV” is dedicated to beating the cops at their own game: solving murders before they can. Scully knows that Nash will do anything in the name of self-promotion. But would he kill for killer ratings? Either way, Scully’s not ready for his close-up. Not when the cameras are zooming in, his career is on the line, and the final credits are about to roll…


“In his valedictory case, LAPD Detective Shane Scully finds real danger in the dubious world of reality TV…Well plotted and smartly paced. Scully goes out a winner.”

Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 355 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1441893369
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HWLP28
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Cannell I loved..:-(( December 28, 2011
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I was so shocked when I heard that Stephen J Cannell had died. I felt like I had lost a member of my own family. I happened to be trolling the new release section on Amazon, and saw this book, Vigilante, was being released in December. I was thrilled! I immediately put in my advance order, and couldn't wait to read the final book in the Shane Scully series. In fact, when it arrived, I hesitated on reading it right away, as I wanted it to last a long time.

So, when I finally started reading Vigilante, I was a bit confused. It wasn't that long ago that I had read The Prostitute's Ball. Did I remember the characters ever behaving this way? Was this really the Shane Scully and his beautiful wife, Alexa, head of the homicide detective division, that I had grown to love and admire? What happened to them making love at least 2-3 times per book, and their meaningful collaborations? Where is their beloved son Chooch, who was barely a footnote in this entire book?

When did Shane start feeling like everyone had more than him? Why didn't he pet his cat more?! Since when was Shane concerned about his career when he was always like a stinger missile locked on a target?

I felt the plot for Vigilante could have been exciting, and a great finale of a great series, by an extraordinary writer. Instead, I felt a bit ripped off; like someone else either wrote this book, or finished this from an outline or draft. This has happened with several authors; Dick Francis, who handed over his empire to his son, Felix, and the Ludlum series, the Robert B Parker series, etc. and all of these books had an additional author name on them, the exception being the Parker series.

I lost count of the number of times Shane said "I think we're being set up".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VIGILANTE, the final book in the Shane Scully series due to the untimely passing of Stephen J. Cannell in 2010, has the distinction of presenting one of the best opening paragraphs and one of the best closing paragraphs you are likely to encounter in a crime novel this year. Both earn that accolade for entirely different reasons: the first paragraph will intrigue you, suck you in and keep you reading, while the final paragraph... well, it says it all, in just a few words.

Scully and his partner in law enforcement, Sumner "Hitch" Hitchens, are assigned to investigate a high-profile homicide. The deceased in question is Lita Mendez, a gang activist with ties to the notorious Evergreen crew. Mendez had been an impediment to effective law enforcement and a thorn in the side of the LAPD for years. Scully and Hitch do not lack for suspects when Mendez is found murdered in her apartment. Every man and woman in a blue uniform has a motive, not to mention a plethora of rival L.A. street gangs.

Scully and Hitch have a huge roadblock in their investigation, in the form of Nixon Nash. "Vigilante TV" is a hit reality show, and Nash is its host, solving crimes ahead of police departments while demonstrating the ineptitude of the investigating officers. Nash has embarrassed two police departments since his show has been on the air, and the LAPD is now in his sights. Scully isn't happy, especially when Nash offers him a position on the program, coupled with a threat that Scully will be unhappy and embarrassed, or worse, if he doesn't cooperate. There is something about Nash, and his apparent skill at investigation, that doesn't quite sit right. Is Nash that good, or that lucky?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great December 12, 2011
By A&D
I had not read from this author before and I was just thrilled to find a new, good writer. I like police novels and especially the books like Connolly's books. This was also similar: good detective work, action, and surprises in plot.

Shane Scully is a fictional Detective III in the LAPD. Alexa and Scully live with Chooch Scully, who is Shane Scully's son.Shane Scully seems to be a tough cop who can bend the rules in order to get things done. Detective Scully and his partner Hitchens have a tough case ahead and they fear the worst: that there's a killer in blue, walking among the police ranks. Because the dead person is a woman who was not a popular person among the LAPD police. She was an activist and had made many complaints against the police forces. No wonder, no one was happy to be assigned to investigate her death.

I had not read the previous novels but this novel stands by itself, although knowing some background obviously makes the characters even more interesting if I had read the previous novels (and I probably will do so now). If you are looking for a great action novel then this is the right book for you!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE 'HITCH' IN SCULLY'S LAST STAND December 18, 2011
Over the years I have read several of the Shane Scully books written by Stephen J. Cannell and for the most part found them an enjoyable way to pass an evening. Cannell's latest and final Scully book, VIGILANTE, is no exception. Cannell, like his creations, was the ultimate example of taking life's lemons and making lemonade. He managed to write not only the successful Scully/Hitchens books but was also the creator and writer of some of my favorite TV shows ranging from The Rockford Files to The Commish-----accomplishing this even though he suffered from dyslexia.

VIGILANTE is a book that hooks you on page one and keeps you reading to the very last page. From the victim, an advocate for L.A. street gangs known for her hatred of the police to Nixon Nash the star of a hit reality VigilanteTV show, another police department detractor bent on selling himself as a folk hero who can solve the unsolvable, this book is not lacking colorful characters. Nash does not play nice and has already destroyed the careers of a couple of Atlanta cops. He seems to envision the same fate for Scully and "Hitch" if they do not cooperate with him. The fact of the matter is Nash's own background comes up as questionable when subjected to a little "Scully/Hitch scrutiny" and that definitely means trouble for our dynamic duo.

Cannell has taken this opportunity to give his readers not only an interesting group of suspects to examine he also provided a behind the scenes look at reality television programming including demonstrating how clever editing can be utilized to manipulate the facts being disseminated to the public. Kind of a case of "the facts are whatever we say they are - - and whatever we can persuade you to think they are".

Cannell devotees will appreciate this final endeavor and are sure to be intrigued by the how and who of the story's conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
No problem
Published 12 days ago by Terri Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always a winner!
Published 1 month ago by Caroline Hoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to the series.
Cannell does it again. Good summer read.
Published 1 month ago by Dee
4.0 out of 5 stars fully entertaining!
I found it to be an engaging easy read. The characters are well defined. I would totally recommend it to crime suspense lovers.
Published 2 months ago by Juliette Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story line that kept you on a roller coaster. Always enjoy reading Stephen Cannell's books.
Published 2 months ago by jdc51
5.0 out of 5 stars I was sad to reach the end as this is the final ...
The Shane Scully novels by the late Stephen J. Cannell are all top notch. Vigilante was no exception. I was sad to reach the end as this is the final Shane Scully thriller.
Published 2 months ago by Bobby Nash
3.0 out of 5 stars book is good. language is bad.
The story was good but as with all the other Cannell books I have read, the language would get a person's mouth washed out with soap. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Potts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel!
Kept me reading throughout. Good twists and turns! I enjoy reading about characters I already know like Shane and Alexa.
Published 2 months ago by Dr. Doe Brownfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to stop reading!
I have finished all of Mr. Cannells works and I am looking for more Shane Scully reads! Please don't stop writting!
Published 5 months ago by navy diver
5.0 out of 5 stars JUSTICE!
Shane Scully never disappoints. This story is convoluted, frightening, and worth the read. As usual the road to the truth is entertaining and obvious to no one but Scilly.
Published 6 months ago by Ronald B. Ballard
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