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The Pallbearers: A Shane Scully Novel | [Stephen J. Cannell]

The Pallbearers: A Shane Scully Novel

Abandoned by his parents as an infant, Scully was reared in an orphanage, Huntington House. The only positive thing in his young life was the attention of the Home’s director, Walter “Pop” Dix. Pop, an avid surfer, would take a small group of kids for early morning surfing. He was the father none of them ever had. That was 30 years ago. Now, Shane is forced to revisit these memories when Pop is found dead, the victim of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun blast.
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Abandoned by his parents as an infant, Scully was reared in an orphanage, Huntington House. The only positive thing in his young life was the attention of the Home’s director, Walter “Pop” Dix. Pop, an avid surfer, would take a small group of kids for early morning surfing. He was the father none of them ever had.

That was 30 years ago. Now, Shane is forced to revisit these memories when Pop is found dead, the victim of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun blast. He leaves a message asking six specific people, all of whom attended Huntington House, to be his pallbearers, and Shane is one of the chosen. He and his fellow pallbearers don’t believe it was a suicide. That leaves murder. But why, and by whom?

Together, the pallbearers embark on a dangerous odyssey in pursuit of justice for Pop, and for retribution against those responsible for his death. Their journey takes them up against an unforeseen adversary whose power and influence far exceed anything they could have imagined.

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

©2010 Stephen J. Cannell (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Paul 07-09-10
    Paul 07-09-10 Member Since 2007

    always looking for my next 'driveway' book

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    "Cannell's best (so far)"

    This one has all the grit and sarcasm of my favourite T.V. creation of Stephen J Cannell "The Rockford Files". As a bonus it packs an emotional punch that had me in a puddle of tears along the way but especially at the end. My only disappointment was that it was WAY too short.

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    DeShanda Houston, TX, United States 03-04-13
    DeShanda Houston, TX, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good, not great"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listen to this book while walking the track. It was interesting but it didn't make me pause while walking like some of Cannell's other books.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The character Shane just wasn't as interesting


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott's performance is always great! He's the reason I chose to listen to this book


    Could you see The Pallbearers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


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    Angela G. 07-02-12
    Angela G. 07-02-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Good but ended goofy"

    Scott Brick was excellent. Three quarters of the book was excellent. The ending was goofy and some important issues were glossed over. I rated it well because overall it was satisfactory it just ends silly.

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    Gregory T. Wallace Downsville, Louisiana United States 04-17-11
    Gregory T. Wallace Downsville, Louisiana United States 04-17-11 Member Since 2004

    I love me some audiobooks

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    "C+ Entertainment"

    I've listened to all of the Shane Scully novels mostly in the order they were written and just finished this one. It‘s not mandatory that you read/listen to the earlier books but they do help with the development of the main characters. This book has some interesting plot elements and decent story line but didn't seem to hold my attention like earlier works. Most of the supporting characters seem too one dimensional and the story felt better suited for a made-for-tv movie. I thought the author was trying to "humanize" some of the characters by describing their weaknesses and strengths in relation to the plot, like with the novel White Sister, but this novel felt too rushed without the same emotional quality. This is not a bad work of fiction and will fill in a few more holes for die hard Shane Scully fans. However, I would recommend that you start at the beginning of the series to get a full appreciation of who the main characters are and see how the writing talent of this author builds throughout.

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    Vigen West Hills, CA, United States 11-24-10
    Vigen West Hills, CA, United States 11-24-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Very good story"

    It was an engaging story, the narration was excellent. The pace was a little fast, but to the point. Any murder mystery lover will enjoy this book.

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