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Publisher's Summary

Truit Hickman is a small-time crook doing life in California's notoriously brutal Corcoran State Prison for the murder of his mother. He admitted to the crime, but now Hickman claims his confession was coerced by the cops. A beautiful Internal Affairs detective, Secada "Scout" Llevar, asks Shane Scully to help investigate, and he agrees after learning the original homicide detective was Brian Devine, a ruthless cop with whom Scully has a bad history.

What begins as a routine review quickly turns into something much more deadly. The case is abruptly shut down by an LAPD deputy chief, and Shane begins to suspect that, for unknown reasons, Hickman really may have been framed by the police. But some things, once started, cannot be stopped, and the investigation spirals dangerously out of control, implicating a violent Hispanic gang, a millionaire power broker, and the front-runner in the Los Angeles mayoral race.

Meanwhile, Shane and Alexa struggle to save their marriage, which has come perilously close to disintegration since Alexa's near-fatal shooting in White Sister - just as Shane finds himself attracted to his new partner. Could the answer to their marital troubles be tied to the case he's investigating?

In Cannell's heart-pounding thriller, Shane is tried in ways he has never been, risking his family, his job, and his life.

Don't miss other titles in the Shane Scully series.
©2008 Stephen J. Cannell (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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"Narrator Scott Brick brings his usual expert voice to this production." (AudioFile)

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  • Anne
  • Yellowknife, Northwest Terr, Canada
  • 10-24-08

Plausibility problems

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 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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Nina
  • Arlington, VA, USA
  • 01-10-09

Good plot, but not well written

The title sums it up. This book goes around and on and on. I've listened to enough books (and read a good many:-) to know when something is well-written. Shame because underneath all the wordiness is an interesting story. Not the best reader either.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Terrible.

This was so badly written, stuffed solid with stupid cliches and wooden caricatures I found it hard to believe that a modern writer could escape not being laughed out of the editors office.

Cop superman, jeez whiz, can't shoot him, wound him, roll-truck him, drown him and he still comes back and nails the bad guys, the mayor and his crazed wife. Laughable.

Check out the writing, not only will you find multiple instances of words with ly at the end, but you will see the phrase immediately prior to his rescue, "Just then/instantly," and similar littered throughout the text. High school writing.

The characters were not developed in any meaningful way, with the possible exception of Tru.

Poor Scott Brick, having to read this tripe for a living. He does his excellent best, but even he cannot raise this above the dead pool.

This is the phoned-in slush pile. Lazy indulgence. Don't bother with it. Utter tripe.



brendan

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Narration, Bad Writing!

The story starts out nicely. The characters are good and the story is intriguing. When we get to the amusement park the whole thing falls apart. I can't believe the publishers didn't make him re-write that climax.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Far-fetched

This story line is pretty far-fetched. From the explanation about how "rares" are sold, to events in a theme park, I just kept shaking my head. This book series is fun as an average distraction, but this book is not Cannell's best.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic Read

On the edge of my seat every minute. As with everything he does, Stephen writes a hell of a story.

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Another great John Scully story

Good plot line, although often the circumstances require you to suspend disbelief.
But I guess it's the incredible bad luck of our heroes that makes the story interesting, and keeps you on the marathon read track.

One thing I really like about Cannell stories, is that you typically know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. I hate spoilers, so will only say that's not the case in this story...

Stephen Cannell knows how to grab the reader at the start of the book and keep you listening.

No one does a better crime thriller read than Scott Brick. In Three Shirt Deal, he turns in yet another stellar performance.

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  • Sheba
  • LANCASTER, TX, United States
  • 05-15-12

Good Read!

This was my first Stephen J. Cannell novel and I really enjoyed it. It's good story with plenty of twists, action and suspense. As always, Scott Brick was excellent. I'm looking forward to the next Shane Scully novel.

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  • E.D.
  • California
  • 05-03-12

Whoo, what a ride!

If you could sum up Three Shirt Deal in three words, what would they be?

E Ticket ride.

What did you like best about this story?

Well, it's a combination of the characters and the solving of the crime(s).

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

I've listened to a number of his performances. This one was better than many. He has a tendency to get a bit sing-song all too often. I know he is very popular, but if the same book was read by Dick Hill and Scott Brick, I'd get the Dick Hill. Even if it was a little more.

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

No, but it had me on the edge of my seat plenty.

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Intelligent & interesting - absolutely terrific!

What did you love best about Three Shirt Deal?

The storyline is interesting and manages be suspenseful and hold your attention without gratuitous violence and sadistic murders. The plot is intelligent, nuanced, twisting and doesn't seem to fall into the trap of cliche; the characters are well developed. I have enjoyed listening to Scully & Co immensely - finished the book in two days. I have listened to the first Scully book (Tin Collector) but can't remember anything and bought this books because it was on sale. What a great surprise. Hope the other Sully books are as interesting! Absolutely worth your credit - don't miss it!

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

I used to pick books because he narrated them, then went totally off him because I started to find his reading affected and thought he turned his reading into a performance instead of being simply the narrator and letting the story take center stage. I recently started listening to him again (sale books) and once I got over the slightly excessive way he reads - it was thoroughly enjoyable! He reads women's voices well.

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

absolutely!!!!!

Any additional comments?

More books like this one please!