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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.

Critic Reviews

"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, United States
  • 04-19-10

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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Police Procedural Gone Bad

Here is another instance of me trying a book for the second time and discovering a treasure. I suppose my concentration is often drawn to my situation more than the novel I am listening too from time to time.

The first chapters are captivating, setting the hook as it were. What appears to be a cut and dry case of self defense is complicated by police corruption. The procedurals we are exposed to is inner departmental rules and politics. It’s clear from the beginning Cannell researched the subject well.

Any novel I like must have characters I find intriguing. That is certainly the case here. Great characters, relationships, secrets and betrayals are all featured here.

I highly recommend this novel!

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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.

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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.

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  • Mark
  • Toney, AL United States
  • 08-27-16

underwhelmed

I had wanted to listen to this one for several years when it was referenced in a Michael Connelly book - I enjoy detective series especially the ones that are somewhat realistic - unfortunately this was not one of them. In the end, I wasn't sure if the book was written in a way that narrating would be cheesy, or if the Narration was simply below average. The storyline in this one is both implausible and to a large degree uninteresting. I think this is the first book in the series, and later books have Scott Brick as the narrator so I may try another one of the series.

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  • Linda
  • Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
  • 08-28-13

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.

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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.

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Superbly fabulousQ

What made the experience of listening to The Tin Collectors the most enjoyable?

I was in the book with the characters. I enjoyed learning the details of the standards internal affairs and the police bill of rights holds their officers. I've read (heard) over 750 audible books in the last 5 years and this is in the top one or two. A thoroughly enjoyable read from start to the last sentence.

What did you like best about this story?

I appreciated how Mr. Cannell led us through each step of the ending rather than climaxing the drama with "the end" as so many mystery and thrill authors do. An ending to a 10 hour book needs to be longer than three minutes. The author allowed a reasonable de-escalation and a chance to decompress and savor the loose ends being neatly tied.

What about Robert Lawrence’s performance did you like?

Mr. Lawrence's performance painted a mental picture of the attitude, demeanor, and character of each person. A narrator should not detract from the narrative and Mr. Lawrence was a great addition.

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

It's not over until you're out of bullets.

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Shane Scully Fan !!!

Stephen J Cannell really hit it out of the park with this first in the Shane Scully series! Shane is a Los Angeles police Department sergeant who gets in seemingly over his head but manages to land on his feet. Very well written and believable plus nonstop excitement. Highly recommended

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Ok story

it took a while to finish and at times stretched the imagination. But I found the story entertaining and worth a listen. Going to try some of the author's other works.