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 kno..Show More »wing where things go, this is a great book. If you never have listen to a Shane Scully book, Start now and with this one!
There are only two books that I have not completed. This is one of them. Usually a book has some redeeming factor; humor, love, poetic writing... This..Show More » has none. It is dark, dirty, vulgar, and is leaving me absolutely cold. This is the very first time I was mid-listen and realized (in the middle of nowhere) that I could not listen any longer. I turned the book off and enjoyed the silence. In short, I do not recommend this book to any one - for any reason.
This is my second download from audible, first being Paranoia by Joseph Finder. The reader reviews helped me pick another winner. Great story with a..Show More » strong suspenseful ending! The author did a very nice job at slowing disclosing the riddle without exposing the villain until the end. Didn't want to stop listening and once again Scott Brick did a great narration.
I actually picked this audio book based partially on the narrator. Scott did a superb reading with Paranoia by Joseph Finder and did a nice job with Vertical Coffin. If you are remotely interested in SWAT or police investigations you will thoroughly enjoy this book.
This was my first SJC novel. I'm glad I downloaded it. Kept me entertained and had a good storyline. One of the deciding factors in getting this downl..Show More »oad was because it is narrated by Scott Brick. Fantastic reader, as we all know by now.
I only have two small problems with this book. SJC is pig ignorant when it comes to firearms. You'd think a fellow with a mantle full of Emmys from screenwriting "shoot em ups" in the 80s would at least have a basic grasp of the obvious when it comes to guns. Not this guy. My second complaint is with the cheesy dialogue. What's with this "nanner-nanner, boo-boo" narrative? It sounded like a bunch of junior high kids that just learned profanity. SJC needs to take a break from writing long enough to read a couple of Elmore Leonard novels and get his dialogue on track.
SJC is obviously on the political left but he didn't try to ram his beliefs down the reader's throat. He showcased the terrifying powers the feds now have in the post 9/11 world and the potential for abuse. But he did it in perfect harmony with his plotline and didn't breeze off into a two hundred page Tom Clancyish diatribe. As I said, it was a very good storyline. Lots of similarity to Michael Connelly's Bosch series but somehow a cut above Connelly on the action and intensity levels. And the side story into the main character's personal life was a nice character development trick. So don't worry about "catching up" with the prior novels in this series before reading this one.
I've enjoyed all the Shane Scully books and have to admit getting a little bit "misty eyed" at the end of this one. After several books, you get to k..Show More »now the characters so well. I hope there are more to come. And as always, Scott Brick is unmatchable!
This was a barn-burner, as are all Cannell's novels, and I enjoyed the story. However, by about two thirds of the way through belief was stretched to..Show More » the breaking point, and resolution was "Deus ex Machina" several times over - I actually wondered when it would end. Having read all of Cannell's previous novels and enjoyed them enormously, I expected better, and was disappointed in the lack of credibility in the plot of this novel.
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,..Show More » 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.
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 ..Show More »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.
This is the kind of writing that got me into this series. The past 2 or 3 books have tended to the preposterous, but this one very good. It is sad tha..Show More »t this maybe the last of the books because of Cannell's very sad passing, although I hear there may be one more in the pipeline.
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 chara..Show More »cters, 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.