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On the Grind: Shane Scully | [Stephen J. Cannell]

On the Grind: Shane Scully

Charged with misconduct in a high-profile solicitation of murder case, Scully is forced to resign from the LAPD or face criminal prosecution. His wife Alexa leaves him, seeking a divorce for his alleged dalliance with the accused in the case, a well-known Hollywood actress. His son, Chooch, horrified by these events, won't speak to him.
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Charged with misconduct in a high-profile solicitation of murder case, Scully is forced to resign from the LAPD or face criminal prosecution. His wife Alexa leaves him, seeking a divorce for his alleged dalliance with the accused in the case, a well-known Hollywood actress. His son, Chooch, horrified by these events, won't speak to him.

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.

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    Traci A. Hannah USA 02-22-09
    Traci A. Hannah USA 02-22-09 Member Since 2003

    Traci

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    "A fun read..."

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory T. Wallace Downsville, Louisiana United States 11-04-09
    Gregory T. Wallace Downsville, Louisiana United States 11-04-09 Member Since 2004

    I love me some audiobooks

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    "Too Predictable"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lady S. United States 02-25-14
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    "Excellent read"

    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.

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 02-18-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 02-18-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Bang bang"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Molly California 05-14-12
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    "Love Shane Scully"
    If you could sum up On the Grind in three words, what would they be?

    I love the way the characters are developed. The story is fascinating - I want to listen to the whole series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Msmuzzy VA 04-16-12
    Msmuzzy VA 04-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "KEPT MY ATTENTION"
    What made the experience of listening to On the Grind the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rjmeyer 12-12-11
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    "great series"
    Would you listen to On the Grind again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare On the Grind to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 07-31-09
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 07-31-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Fun But Basic"

    Fun story but a bit predictable and bad guys who are all black with no shades of gray. Scott Brick, the reader, is one of the masters. Basic fun but nothing deep.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Burlington, Ontario, Canada, ON, Canada 08-31-13
    John Burlington, Ontario, Canada, ON, Canada 08-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story"

    ....I am a great fan of Scott Brick and look for books he has narrated I am trying catch up on all Stephen Cannell's books.

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    Ron Vancouver, WA, United States 10-14-10
    Ron Vancouver, WA, United States 10-14-10 Member Since 2008
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    "It's Cannell"

    An excellent listen! Hey, it's Cannell; plot driven, crisp writing, and Scott Brick's pipes...the perfect confluence. What's not to like?
    Go for it.

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