Against his wife's wishes, Shane begins to look into this heavy-hitter's past. At the same time, he becomes aware of a high-profile wiseguy's attempt to control Hollywood's unions. He initiates an elaborate and expensive sting operation, actually setting up a phony production company to produce a bogus movie at LAPD expense. The plan is to draw the starstruck wiseguy into revealing his real purpose for coming to L.A. But before long, the overbudgeted movie is rocketing into production.
While he struggles to keep his sting operation from spinning wildly out of control, he and Alexa find themselves involved in something much bigger than they had ever imagined, something that puts all their lives on the line.
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©2003 Stephen J. Cannell; (P)2003 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
"Once again, veteran writer/TV producer Cannell has concocted his special brand of reader candy." (Kirkus Reviews)
The book manages to do something that action books rarely accomplish: it is both funny and taut. It is a thriller with a sense of humor that actually works. I've read a fair number this autho's work and he is not usually this good. He tries hard, though and THIS time, he got it right. Give this one a listen. It's worth it.
I loved this book! Just cannot get over the fact that "Nicky" charactor sounds sooo much like the Ratso Rizzo charactor from Midnight Cowboy! Maybe Joe Pantoliano could play him in a movie version? I'd love to see it. Book is one that grabs and holds ya!
Great book. Some of the best dialog I've listed to in years. Plot-twists are a little far fetched, but I highly receommend it to anyone who is looking for light entertainment.
If you like books that sound as fantastic and ridiculous as the average television cop drama, then this is the book. Full of cliches and far-fetched plot twists, it is absolutely believable that this book was written by the man who has brought us "Hunter," "The A-Team," and "Rip-Tide." These are basic entertainment-good to waste time and immediately forget.
Have not read the print version but will certainly consider it in the future but right now I'm too anxious to listen to the complete Shane Scully series!
Tough question to answer as this book had a lot of compelling characters, both the good guys and the bad!
Hard to say as I don't think that any one character stood out from the others on a performance basis.
Having worked in the entertainment business for 15 years and having been an IATSE Business Agent for 8 years, I could identify with a lot of the author's Hollywood references in general. As such, I found myself laughing out loud to what I considered the author's "inside jokes" about the industry.
This Shane Scully book was fast paced with detailed character development with lots of twists and turns that flowed evenly and in an orderly fashion. This is the author at his best!
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