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Vigilante | [Stephen J. Cannell]

Vigilante

Lita Mendez was a thorn in the LAPD’s side. An aggressive police critic and gang activist, she’d filed countless complaints against the department. So when she’s found dead in her home, Shane and Hitch fear the worst: that there’s a killer in their ranks.Outside the crime scene, Nixon Nash, the charismatic host of a hit reality show called Vigilante TV, has set up shop with his television crew. Nash’s show is dedicated to beating the cops at their own game, solving murders before they can. Now he has the murder of Lita Mendez in his sights....
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Publisher's Summary

Lita Mendez was a thorn in the LAPD’s side. An aggressive police critic and gang activist, she’d filed countless complaints against the department. So when she’s found dead in her home, Shane and Hitch fear the worst: that there’s a killer in their ranks.Outside the crime scene, Nixon Nash, the charismatic host of a hit reality show called Vigilante TV, has set up shop with his television crew. Nash’s show is dedicated to beating the cops at their own game, solving murders before they can. Now he has the murder of Lita Mendez in his sights and he presents the detectives with a choice: either join his team or prepare for a public takedown.But Scully suspects that Nash isn’t the folk hero he seems. If a detective got in his way, just how far would the TV host go in the name of self-promotion? On the heels of The Prostitutes’ Ball, called “the best Scully yet” (Kirkus Reviews) and “perfectly fresh” (Booklist), this new novel from the celebrated author has Detective Scully risking everything to save himself, his family, and the job he loves.

©2011 Stephen J. Cannell (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

Praise for Stephen J. Cannell: “A master storyteller.” (Michael Connelly)

“A great storyteller who keeps you nailed to the page.” (Ted Bell)

“Cannell is the gold in crime fiction.” (Stephen Coonts)

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    Livia Tucson, AZ, United States 08-27-13
    Livia Tucson, AZ, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful dialogue! Wonderful characters! A win!"

    I am sorry that this last book in the series is the first I have read. It has all the elements of a good mystery - twists and turns, interesting characters, and it is well paced. But the standout feature is Mr. Cannell's iconic used of words and language to describe characters and situations. The only other mystery author I have read who could make me laugh out loud with delight at their turn of a phrase was Dashiell Hammett ("A bullet kissed the door jam by my cheek."). The narration is perfect, and this book is worth the listen. Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 04-17-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 04-17-14 Member Since 2009

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Absolutely Fantastic Crime Thriller!!!"

    Wow . . . my first Stephen Cannell book, but not my last . . . excellent narration . . . great story line . . . and had me guessing until the end . . . listened on a road trip . . . had to finish it . . . couldn't wait . . .

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    Amazon Customer MOODY, TEXAS, United States 11-14-13
    Amazon Customer MOODY, TEXAS, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2013

    Love to read and listen to books. I prefer detective stories, but also read some sci fi.

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    "Keeps You Guessing"
    What did you love best about Vigilante?

    I liked the pace of the story.


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

    Yes, because you did not know what was going to happen next.


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

    I did not laugh or cry, but it did touch a nerve considering the injustices some people will do to make themselves look better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Burlington, Ontario, Canada, ON, Canada 08-21-13
    John Burlington, Ontario, Canada, ON, Canada 08-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "GOOD BOOK, GOOD STORY, GOOD NARRATOR,"

    A GOOD READ, Author Stephen J. Cannell, is my first, so I took a chance and it was well worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 08-18-13
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2011

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    "For 4.95 It is a no brainer, get it!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, good to listen while working etc.


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

    The end was predictable. The journey was worth it though.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He is one of the best, that is why I bought the book.


    Was Vigilante worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 08-10-13
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 08-10-13 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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    "Another $4.95 Winner!"
    What did you love best about Vigilante?

    Scott Brick's fabulous narration!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Shane and his partner....they work well together, funny and very protective of each other for two macho guy cops. Scott Brick's narration brought them as well as the other characters to life. I could see the fear in Marsha's eyes and Lee Bob's long bony fingers, I could feel the tension in the air. This guy is so good......


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The entire book was very good, the ending was especially good for Shane when he gets his shot back at Nash.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Cop vs. psychopath...who is the vigilante?


    Any additional comments?

    So I see this is the middle of a long series and after reading the reviews, I will have to find time to start from the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jacklyn United States 10-06-12
    jacklyn United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2007

    i am addicted to audio books. I always have one on in my car, or on my i-pod when I'm cleaning or shopping. I always have loved to read

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    "Great story with unique ending"

    Shaun Scully is one of my favorite detective. I enjoy how he thinks and how oblivious he is to authority. Somehow he always comes out on top

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    Tim O'Neill San Jose, CA USA 08-13-12
    Tim O'Neill San Jose, CA USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Still a Big Fan"

    I continue to enjoy Cannell's series work. Looking forward to the next. I'm sure somebody has thought of this but... these would make a good basis for a TV show.

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    R. Rothermel L.A. 07-09-12
    R. Rothermel L.A. 07-09-12

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    "Cannell at his best is... Still Stephen Cannell."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend the book to fans of his countless TV shows because Shane is the typical Cannell hero, over the top in so many ways but good in the end... too damn bad if some semblence of adherence to the rules are tantamount in importance to the story.

    VIGILANTE is probably a remake in print form of a half dozen SJC TV eps over the 30 plus years of his prominence in TV production... most likely an ep or four of HUNTER where the hero is exiled from the force and alienated from his peeps at great risk to his status, health and well-being while he pursues the truth, guns blazing.

    Of course as an emerging author myself I have an abiding interest in how Cannell- one of my creative heroes for 30+ years- conducts himself in the guise of his heroes, and there is plenty to emulate here.

    Fun stuff.

    Not neurosurgery.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Brick is a great reader for material like this, excellent energy, very consistent, with the added bonus that his name sounds like a Cannell TV hero.


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    trazell Tennessee 04-23-12
    trazell Tennessee 04-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "love this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Vigilante to be better than the print version?

    i think the audio version is better than the print version.


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

    yes it did.


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

    i have heard him on all of the shane scully series and his voice is captivating.


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