In order to make a living, Scully seeks employment where he can: the Haven Park, California PD. Haven Park is a small, incorporated city near downtown LA, populated largely by illegal immigrants. The department is known for its corruption, in effect the Mayor's personal goon squad and collection agency. As Shane gets involved, he learns that things are rarely what they seem.
Relentlessly harassed by an over-zealous FBI agent, the beautiful Ophelia Love, and under the constant, sometimes violent, extremely paranoid scrutiny of his new comrades-at-arms, Shane finds that Alex may be the only one who can get him out of this new mess alive. But is she willing to?
©2009 Stephen J. Cannell; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
No one would guess that I am addicted to gritty police and legal thrillers, but I am. This was my first Shane Scully book and it was a fun read. No, it wasn't in the category of the Harry Bosch series, but I am familiar with the author's TV series so I expected as much. I was a bit confused in the beginning by the main character's role as a dirty cop but it was explained quickly. The plot of an entire police force being corrupt with no oversight was a stretch but I enjoyed the book nevertheless. I will definitely check out the other books in the Scully series.
I love me some audiobooks
I've been a huge fan of the Shane Scully series and this new book continues the themes set forth from the earlier works but seems like a novel conceived and written with too much haste. It has its moments of suspense and action but doesn't evoke a since of accomplishment. It's good enough to keep me interested in the series but not enough to make me want to rush out to get the next, when and if it ever comes out.
Stephen Cannell has brought the same expertise to this series about Shane Scully as.he did to the "A Team"! Every books just builds in suspense as the stories are told. The books in this series can stand alone, but they are so much more impressive when listened to in order. The characters build in complexity. The story line are believable. What a great adventure!
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
I purchased this book as Scott Brick was the reader. I am his new fan and I am trying new authors' books he reads. He did an excellent job on this story.
I have watched many TV scripts written by Stephen J. Cannell and this story would have been right for TV.
This was a dark drama, so how humor could have been added, I don't know, but that is the only element that could have lighten this story up a bit.
When our two heroes are on the lam, it was cool how they spurred each other on to not give up.
It was sad to see how bad cops operate and make the good ones fade out.
Not sure if I would try another story from this author. Good story to be sure, but it was a dark subject.
I thought this was a well written book about a story plot I wouldn't think I would enjoy. One of the main reasons I purchased it was because of the narrator Scott Brick, he has a very commanding voice and did the book justice. I really did enjoy they way the characters were developed and how I felt involved in what was going down.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
This was an okay book but I think it would make a better movie, it has a lot of shoot em up, action scenes that I would prefer to watch. The beginning had an interesting character driven storyline and then it just fell into lots of guns and gangsters. If you like that kind of thing, you will love this.
I love the way the characters are developed. The story is fascinating - I want to listen to the whole series.
This story kept me on the edge of my seat. Since I am a fan of the Scully series, I was shocked at the opening and it kept me wondering about Scully. I liked the excitement the story conveyed, because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. These ruthless folks Scully had teamed up placed questions in my mind. It was a very good book.
Scully was my favorite character. Scott Brick brings this character alive and makes one feel close to Scully and his family. When he gets in a situation, I think he is going to be harmed I really feel compassion for Alexis and Chooch. I have purchased every book Stephen Cannell has written with Scott Brick narrating. Stephen's books keep your attention and you are able to get wrapped up in the story with Scott Brick narrating.
This book is suspenseful and keeps you wondering what is next. Cannell always delivers a sense of humor right in the middle of some serious situation.
If I had it to do over again, I certainly would listen to this one again. Cannell always leaves you guessing as to what might happen to Scully, and this book goes even further than usual.
I enjoy many of the mysteries and thrillers. Of course, there are vague parallels between Cannells' Scully, Connelly's Harry Bosch and DeMille's John Corey, but all are interesting to get to know.
Scott Brick is consistently high caliber with his narrations, and this is no exception. It's just great how he's able to handle many different voices and accents.
I don't ever get a chance to listen to a book all the way through, but this was one of the better ones for making me want to get back to it.
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