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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.

Critic Reviews

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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Fantastic Last Book

Though I'm saddened that this is the last Shane Scully book, it was a great read. As all the others were, too. Read the entire series and you'll be entertained for days. Television or print, SJC was a genius and his legacy will endure for years to come.

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 04-17-14

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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  • Livia
  • Tucson, AZ, United States
  • 08-27-13

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.<br/> <br/>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.<br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>Fun stuff. <br/><br/>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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Joan
  • Litchfield, CT, United States
  • 01-19-16

Technically incompetent

I'm writing this on an iPhone; so I'll make it short. The book was relatively over-the-top far-fetched. Then (spoiler alert) someone makes a 500 yard kill shot with a 9 mm Glock with a 3" barrel. That would be a decent (but make able) shot for a Marine sniper with a 7.62 Remington rifle. This author evidently has zero knowledge of firearms, especially pistols. Hillary Clinton probably knows more about weapons than Stephen Cannell. Last book of his I read.

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Good book

The story is a little bit slow at the beginning but picks up. The characters are a little slow and dumb at times. But I give it a 4 star because a the story develops it gets better. There are times when you think can the cops be this stupid even I can figure out what's going on. But as I said they do get it eventually and the characters are interesting and the mystery keeps you listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Scott Brick is My Favorite

male narrator. It's so refreshing to listen to a book narrated by Mr. Brick. I have a hard time finding one in the genre I like because I've listened to almost all of the ones he's narrated in fiction, suspense/mystery.

I was engrossed the entire time but I don't know if it was because I was so thankful to be listening to a narrator that didn't sound like fingernails on a chalk board or the story was really that compelling.

In any event, I never once thought about just stopping the story and moving on to my next book.

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Cannell Does It Again

Cannell was a great writer. Who dun it at its best, total package of mystery, intrigue & good story with great characters!

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Loved it! Going to listen to another of his books

Loved it! Could not put it down! The book was great and first time with this author! On to another of his books! Scott Brick is my favorite reader of all times!

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful