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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (371 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen J. Cannell Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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Abandoned by his parents as an infant, Scully was reared in an orphanage, Huntington House. The only positive thing in his young life was the attention of the Home's director, Walter Pop Dix. Pop, an avid surfer, would take a small group of kids for early morning surfing. He was the father none of them ever had.

That was 30 years ago. Now, Shane is forced to revisit these memories when Pop is found dead, the victim of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun blast. He leaves a message asking six specific people, all of whom attended Huntington House, to be his pallbearers, and Shane is one of the chosen. He and his fellow pallbearers don't believe it was a suicide. That leaves murder. But why, and by whom?

Together, the pallbearers embark on a dangerous odyssey in pursuit of justice for Pop, and for retribution against those responsible for his death. Their journey takes them up against an unforeseen adversary whose power and influence far exceed anything they could have imagined.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 2/16/2014

    " Scully is LAPD homicide detective. A lot of the action was in the South Bay where we lived (not PV, but San Pedro, ect.).The Pallbearers were all people who had been reared in the same orphanage, and the victim was the Director of the orphanage. Good action mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 2/13/2014

    " Not my kind of book, really. It seemed better suited for an episode of a TV detective show. I don't dislike TV detective shows, but I expect more from my reading. This is a murder mystery...blah, blah, blah. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 1/31/2014

    " good. typical SC. Scully is a little too tortured for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna in Southern Maryland | 1/12/2014

    " Another satisfying Shane Scully novel from Cannell. It's like watching another episode of a favorite tv series. We learn more about Shane's awful childhood and the man who helped to keep him on the right road, when he easily could have been lost to a short life, or a life of crime. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hikerdee | 1/6/2014

    " Cannell's Shane Scully is a favorite of mine. For some good summer reading, grab The Tin Collectors and read all nine novels in this series for that way you can appreciate the character growth of our hero. On its own, The Pallbearers holds up as a mystery; but there is more to appreciate if you read the series. Cannell also does a good job of writing scenes/chapters to keep you turning pages! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy thyer | 11/11/2013

    " So sad cannell is gone he is great at simple escapist books. I will really miss Shane Scully. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 11/10/2013

    " Good murder mystery read. My usual complaint of the formulaeic beautiful, accomplished, perfect wife who saves the day.... Other characters are better developed, but all they have to do is solve the murder, not grow up. And they don't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Su | 10/11/2013

    " Just a quick light mystery, but still entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 8/31/2013

    " The book brings together a group of orphans raised by someone who was recently killed. Their suspesion and anger bring this sorted group back together to solve the murder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 8/1/2013

    " This is an intricate yarn of surfing and redemption. Six pallbearers find the truth of the mystery of their foster father's demise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 5/25/2013

    " Usually I enjoy Cannells books more than this latest. However, it still had a decent plot with Shane Scully, his enjoyable character. I feel it deserves 3 1/2 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 5/18/2013

    " I like the story and the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Connie | 3/28/2013

    " When Scully's mentor from the orphanage where he grew up is found dead, Scully and the other pallbearer's investigate the real circumstances surrounding the death. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 2/5/2013

    " Cannell was a story-teller and this book (published two days before his death) shows that even when everything doesn't quite work, he knew how to hook a reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 12/2/2012

    " Not the best Scully novel, but a good read nonetheless "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherrie | 11/12/2012

    " An easy, entertaining read, even though I figured out the plot early on. Good news: this is #9 in a series, meaning I have 8 new books to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sjfstudio | 7/29/2012

    " A quick read. Cannell had a style that was very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck Wallace | 6/6/2012

    " It was an interesting book. It's one I won't read again but I may try some other Stephen J. Cannell books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clara | 10/6/2011

    " Shane Scully deals with his past as a foster child and the one man who never gave up on him when he was a child. Stephen J. Cannell is a great storyteller. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 8/10/2011

    " Cannell has written far better stories than this tale headed by orphans doing a lot of whining. 1 of 10 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 7/7/2011

    " Having read many of Cannell's books, I would have to say this is not one of his best. Although, I did enjoy it. It was a good, fast read. I like the Shane Scully series and hope Cannell continues with this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcie | 5/16/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book. It is gritty and fast paced. I look forward to more books with Shane Scully. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelby | 4/20/2011

    " Loved it. Going to read the rest of the Shane Scully novels now... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phillis | 2/2/2011

    " This was very good. I like the character of Shane Scully and will follow the series. This was set in the late 1990's and I'm anxious to see how the character develops in future books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sjfstudio | 1/4/2011

    " First book in the series. Fast paced and kept my interest throughout, no lag time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 11/27/2010

    " At times this book felt like a TV show but over all I loved the concept and would read more about the character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 7/24/2010

    " I love this series. I quite possibly have fallen in love with Shane Scully (the lead character). I would loan it out, but I can't bare not to have it sitting on my shelf
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 7/11/2010

    " Better-than-average thriller by Cannell. Overall I like his writing, but sometimes he's over the top. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/18/2010

    " Later books are better, but a good read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Ann | 9/14/2009

    " I like Mr. Cannell because he wrote the Rockford Files and I love James Garner. This book was fine once you got passed all the acronyms and unnecessary bad language. It was perfect reading for the beach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 8/27/2009

    " Excellent; Continuing character: Shane Scully (first in series); cop kills partner in domestic quarrel and while being prosecuted stumbles on plan by rogue cops to do whatever is needed to help a movie producer land an NFL team.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 7/24/2009

    " Nice introduction to the Shane Scully LA based Crime series, the author displays and explains very good detailed knowledge of the Internal Affairs dept within the LAPD.

    Very fast moving with good insight into the lead characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sera | 7/24/2009

    " Not really my thing but readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/27/2009

    " I really enjoyed this book, action packed
    not your normal cop story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davehk | 3/26/2009

    " Surprisingly good for where he was at in his career with this character "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 11/2/2008

    " I've read this one and also The Viking Funeral and Hollywood Tough. I have 4 more TBR. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 10/7/2008

    " Very entertaining book... One of those that you know will turn out all right in the end (there are more Shane Skully books, after all), but until it actually does, you really have to wonder. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen J. Cannell

Stephen J. Cannell (1941–2010) was the author of the New York Times bestselling Shane Scully books, including The Prostitute’s BallThe Pallbearers, and Three Shirt Deal. He was also an Emmy Award–winning television writer and producer, and in his thirty-five-year career, he created or cocreated more than forty television series. He was a third-generation Californian and resided in the Pasadena area with his wife, Marcia, and their children.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.