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The Tin Collectors | [Stephen J. Cannell]

The Tin Collectors

L.A. police detective Shane Scully comes under investigation by Internal Affairs (derisively known as "the tin collectors") after he kills his ex-partner who was one of the mayor's bodyguards. Temporarily reassigned, so that he can remain under the department's watchful eye, Scully finds that more than his badge is at stake when he is set up to take the rap in a deadly plot of corruption and conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the LAPD.
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Publisher's Summary

L.A. police detective Shane Scully comes under investigation by Internal Affairs (derisively known as "the tin collectors") after he kills his ex-partner who was one of the mayor's bodyguards. Temporarily reassigned, so that he can remain under the department's watchful eye, Scully finds that more than his badge is at stake when he is set up to take the rap in a deadly plot of corruption and conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the LAPD.

©2007 Stephen J. Cannell; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Mr. Cannell's brand of thriller is served straight up...and he knows how to cut to the chase." (The New York Times)

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    Chance Louisiana, LA, United States 04-19-10
    Chance Louisiana, LA, United States 04-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great begining"

    I listened to all the Shane Scully books except the fisrt two, Tin Collectors and Viking Funeral; I am now going back to the begining. Even after knowing where things go, this is a great book. If you never have listen to a Shane Scully book, Start now and with this one!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ida 03-08-12
    Ida 03-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Laughable and Predictable"

    In agreement with another reviewer, the narration of this story was stiff compared to other narrators. It takes a lot of patience to finish this story. However, the material was only of average quality. While a trite premise and familar story about a cop, a prostitue, an angry teen-ager, and a slew of bad cops the story had potential. The use of initials or acronyms was ridiculously over-done. I suppose the author wanted to impress the listener/reader with his knowledge of police lingo. He under-estimated the intellect of the reader as this technique distracted from the credibility or realism (although this is fiction) of the story. The main character did an exceptional job of tempering his zeal for an old flame and using sometimes, common sense. It is unclear at the end of the story, what happened to the old flame. It was difficult to like any of the characters or care what happened to them. This story is a good one to listen to when doing yard work or house work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 08-28-13
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "I'm hooked on Shane Scully!"
    Where does The Tin Collectors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20....thought it was great start to the series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tin Collectors?

    The letter to Chooch! Listen and you will see why!


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

    I enjoyed his narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again, the letter to Chooch...teared up a little.


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue on....Shane is such a funny, likable guy, I look forward to what the future holds for him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 09-19-11
    P. Minor Indiana/USA 09-19-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Awful narration"

    The story itself was reasonably good and was the only reason I continued to listen to the stilted and boring narration. The narrator often sounded like a 3rd grade student reading outloud from a text book...just not the right thing for this genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela J United States 04-08-15
    Pamela J United States 04-08-15 Member Since 2014

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "How many stereotypes can you put in one book?"

    Apparently the answer is a LOT. Both predictable and boring is not a good combination for a cop story - - and this is both. I am reminded of why it takes a really superior writer to make a conspiracy plausible. Unfortunately, this book is short one superior writer. I also kept looking at the narration - - the voice is so deep it sounds like you must be listening to the wrong speed. Can't recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 04-03-15
    Bill 04-03-15
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    "So over the top, outlandish, but somewhat entertai"

    No, have read his better work
    Just glad the reader was fast
    Unbelievable storyline, two full moons in 10 days, give me a break

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Maineville, Ohio, United States 03-30-15
    Lynn Maineville, Ohio, United States 03-30-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Soooooo many characters to keep track of!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, no regrets on the time I spent listening to this book. It moves right along and it did keep my interest.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending made me want to check Audible for the next book in the series.


    Did Robert Lawrence do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Narrator did a fine job on the narration and different voices.


    Was The Tin Collectors worth the listening time?

    Yes, this book was worth it and I will get the next one in the series, however if the second book has as many characters in it as this one did, I will probably not continue listening to the series. The plot in this one was good until trying to keep the characters, names, ranks etc straight, got to be a bit much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 10-18-13
    Susan 10-18-13
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    "Had some 'twists', which I appreciate"
    Would you try another book from Stephen J. Cannell and/or Robert Lawrence?

    I have been a 'whodunnit' fan for many years and this book did not disappoint. I will try others by this author. I don't go only by the narrator. My enthusiasm is just stunted as I am reaching out for other kinds of books. I find myself being 'assaulted' by bloody/violence descriptions sometimes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Pitcock 09-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Well worth the time"
    Would you listen to The Tin Collectors again? Why?

    probably not


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    not on the edge, but it was good.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    A good look at both sides of the Police police. Most often the officers of the Internal Affairs team are the bad guys. But there are bad cops out there and these folks do a necessary job. This was a great story and an insight into what goes on in their minds. Shane Scully is no choir boy, but he is committed and intense, so he is a great character to follow in the process. The story was fast and interesting. Kept me working just so I could continue to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 05-13-13
    Joseph 05-13-13
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    "Classic Stephen J. Cannell"
    Where does The Tin Collectors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    By far one of the best of any of the audiobooks I've listened to either recently or over the years.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to decide as there were many plot twists and turns with related scenes being an initial favorite until discovering the next.


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

    Listening became addictive and I listened to the entire book in a little more than a day


    Any additional comments?

    I've always been a fan of Mr. Cannell's scriptwriting and am finding his Shane Scully series to be very compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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