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Hollywood Tough: A Shane Scully Novel | [Stephen J. Cannell]

Hollywood Tough: A Shane Scully Novel

At a Hollywood party with his wife, Alexa, Detective Shane Scully overhears a famous producer make a suspicious remark about the strange deaths of his two ex-wives. This becomes more than just police business, because the party is to celebrate the engagement of the producer to Alexa's closest friend. Against his wife's wishes, Shane begins to look into his past.
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Publisher's Summary

At a glamorous Hollywood party with his new wife, Alexa, Detective Shane Scully overhears a famous producer make a suspicious remark about the strange deaths of his two ex-wives. Is he serious or merely joking around with his coterie of hangers-on? This becomes more than just police business, because the party is to celebrate the engagement of the producer to Alexa's closest friend.

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.

Don't miss other titles in the Shane Scully series.

©2003 Stephen J. Cannell; (P)2003 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

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"Once again, veteran writer/TV producer Cannell has concocted his special brand of reader candy." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Don Visalia, CA, USA 05-08-08
    Don Visalia, CA, USA 05-08-08
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    "Poor Narration"

    I really enjoy the Shane Scully series, but the narration was so bad it distracted from the story. Try one read by Scott Brick.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    michelann Walnut Grove, MO 12-02-03
    michelann Walnut Grove, MO 12-02-03 Member Since 2014

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    "Ratso Rizzo lives again!"

    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!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Armstrong 06-16-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Lots of fast-paced fun action"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Dallas, TX, USA 01-15-06
    Amy Dallas, TX, USA 01-15-06
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    "Great dialog, light entertainment."

    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.

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    Ezgi 10-03-05
    Ezgi 10-03-05
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    "Just like on tv"

    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.

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    Joseph 06-04-13
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    "Stephen J. Cannell at his BEST!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hollywood Tough to be better than the print version?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tough question to answer as this book had a lot of compelling characters, both the good guys and the bad!


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    Hard to say as I don't think that any one character stood out from the others on a performance basis.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thumbo 01-22-12
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    "Spoiled by intrusive music"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Get rid of the music that plays over/under the narrator and the start and end of each section.


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    Marie 09-24-07
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    This is a great story, It is full of the good and the bad. P. Michael is a great reader.

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