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Product Details

  • Series: Shane Scully Novels (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312347316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312347314
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

With his frenetic fifth Shane Scully novel, bestseller Cannell (Cold Hit) dishes out the action in forklift-sized servings. Casting aside the rules like never before, LAPD detective Scully conducts his own seek-and-destroy mission after his wife, fellow cop Alexa, is found shot in the head. As Alexa clings to life, Scully's efforts to track down her attacker lead him into the violent, vengeful world of rap music, lorded over by two of its most feared executives, Lou Maluga and his wife, Stacy, known in the trade as "the white sister." Without pause to sleep or eat, Scully fights and claws his way along, burning friends, violating laws, using his charm as well as his fists before coming face to face with his enemy in Las Vegas. Cannell's hard-boiled, if at times over-rehearsed prose is well suited to his subject matter, though some readers may have trouble with his hero's tendency to suddenly shift character from tough guy to touchy-feely 21st-century man. (Aug.)
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 "A strong piece of fiction that leads readers…through the harrowing underbelly of L.A. "
--Daily News

"A very satisfying thriller written by a born entertainer."
--New York Post
 
"A terrific read."
--New York Sun

"Cannell dishes out the action in forklift-sized servings."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"One of the hallmarks of Cannell's writing is his ability to have characters who speak as real people would…"
--Sunday Journal (Albuquerque, NM)
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

Good plot, fast moving story.
Dan Sexton
I don't care for rap and find rap-speak, gang-speak, and the whole culture that goes along with it pretty boring.
Schtinky
Had I known how bad the last part was, I wouldn't have bothered reading the book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John R. Linnell on September 29, 2006
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Cannell is an interesting writer and his novels are always worth reading.

Shane Scully is an LAPD detective. His wife is in the LAPD also in a supervisory position. His tight little comfortable world is about to become very unraveled when his wife fails to be where she said she would and her automobile is found with an LAPD cop in it, killed execution style with her handcuffs on him. She is missing and later calls him to indicate she is sorry for what she has done and that there is only one way out...a BANG follows the message.

He figures out where she is and she is transported to a hospital, her life hannging by a thread.

Scully then proceeds to break most laws in the book with respect to investigating the situation and is eventually himself arrested.

How this scenario is set up is eventually and slowly revealed and I won't share any secrets except to say that you know this writer is not going to have one of his stars heading to prison for life. How that is avoided is a tight, frothy read.

A new character is revealed in this book....name of John Bodine...you won't forget him.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Norburn on February 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Part One: The part you can read if you haven't read the novel

White Sister is the third Shane Scully novel I've read and it is easily the worst (I enjoyed Cold Hit and Vertical Coffin). I was surprised to find that I'm the only reader so far to trash the novel. (I guess I'll be getting a lot of negative responses to my review)

I'm a fan of Shane Scully and I like Cannell's writing (which is why the novel warrants two stars rather than one) but the bottom line is - this is a pretty lousy novel. My biggest complaint is that the novel's premise makes no sense. Scully operates so far outside the law that it's as if Cannell were writing a script for the next James Cameron or Michael Bay summer blockbuster. Shane's wife gets shot and spends most of the novel in a coma and even though we have a pretty good idea how things are going to work out, we have to suffer though pages of contrived melodrama. Add to this a collection of cartoonish rap music characters and a silly shoot out in the Nevada desert and you have a novel to avoid.

Part Two: ***Don't read the rest of this review unless you've read the novel or you don't care if I ruin the plot for you (although Cannell ruined it long before I got involved)***

First off, let me say that I don't mind if a novel is a little unrealistic. I don't care if the hero has a gun that never runs out of bullets or the killer doesn't die no matter how many times he is shot, stabbed, and bludgeoned. What really irks me is when characters in a novel behave in ways that don't make any sense and is clearly an artificial construct of the author to support a plot that can't possibly stand on its own.

1. The emails between Alexa and Dark Angel are pivotal to the plot, but they are ridiculous.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Obryant on April 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
While I have always thought that Stephen Cannell's "Shane Scully" novels were easily beyond plausibility, I have always enjoyed them just the same. White Sister, however, was a chore to get through. I often found myself skipping to the next paragraph or two each time he gets his "soliloquy" on. With astounding frequency, the main character begins to wax poetic about ______ (you fill in the blank) to the point that you expect him to break into a West-Side-Story-esque song and dance.

The "I know I lied to you five times and broke my promises to you three times in the past 10 minutes, but trust me this time." bit got quite old.

There were a lot of little worn out constructs and clichés used repeatedly, time after time, over and over again, and repetitively throughout the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
LAPD detective Shane Scully and his wife Alexa plan to meet in one hour. However, while he arrives at their rendezvous spot, she never makes it. Concerned as she would have told him if something came up, Shane is called to the crime scene of an executed African-American gangbanger found dead in Alexa's car with her gun nearby. Alexa is soon also found shot in the head, barely alive.

Regardless of law and police procedures including vested interest, Scully needs action while he prays for his beloved spouse. He investigates the homicide and her shooting, which leads to rap music. He quickly realizes that gangsta rap is fairy tales for children compared to the executive wars especially Lou and Stacy Maluga. She, known as "the white sister", can destroy a person legally through the law and media or illegally through a hit. If Scully gets to close she will use all her lethal weapons as blood on her hands make her even more ambitiously and deadly; Shane needs to bring her down using her methods, at least the illegal ones.

Scully is not just over the top in this exciting crime thriller, he is over Mount Everest as he is a bit (make that humongous) unhinged by what happened to Alexa. The story line is speed of light action that never decelerates until the final climax. Fans will put on their seat belts and crash helmets as they ride alongside an avenging Scully, who adds humor when he turns occasionally sensitive and mellow. Stephen J. Cannell writes a fun out of control High Noon tale.

Harriet Klausner
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