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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (470 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: October 2010 ISBN:
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It's a few days before Christmas when Detective Shane Scully and his wife, Alexa, respond to a call in the Hollywood Hills. The crime scene is the pristine backyard swimming pool of a once immaculate mansion on Skyline Drive, the site of an infamous murder decades prior, in which a family was killed in cold blood on Christmas Eve. In the ensuing years, the house has been shuttered and left exactly as it stood on that terrible night.

Shane and Alexa arrive to discover the aftermath of a lavish party. The revelers have fled, leaving three dead bodies, all shot with the same gun. One is acclaimed film producer Scott Berman. The others, a pair of gorgeous women in their early 20s.

Scully is assigned to the case along with his new partner, Sumner Hitchens. Hitch has a reputation in the department as a self-promoter; he sold the story rights to one of his cases to a film production company - and he has the millions to show for it. Scully and Hitch begin to investigate, and the case looks to be open-and-shut: The two young women were hired prostitutes, and there's a security video of an angry husband firing on all three. A simple case of revenge.

But there's a catch: The detectives discover a single spent bullet casing that doesn't match the rest. From that single bullet emerges a story that spans 30 years - a tale of love, murder, suicide, and one of the biggest financial frauds in L.A. history. It's a story fit for the screen - and Hitch is determined to get it there, no matter what it takes. But someone has gone to great lengths to cover up the crime, and as Scully and Hitch get closer to the answer, they find themselves in a killer's crosshairs. The case could be the makings of a blockbuster Hollywood film - but only if Scully gets out of it alive.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia Douglas | 2/14/2014

    " Stephen Cannell is a new author for me. Previously he wrote scripts for tv series such as The Rockford Files, The Commish, etc. This book was great. It was a little slow to begin, but once the characters were put together the story got super exciting. Humor, suspense, and great story line makes this a top-notch mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/10/2014

    " I had no idea this was #10 for this series. But I didn't feel like I was missing much back story. This is the 2nd Shane Scully book I read and it was a fast read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave Freas | 2/3/2014

    " While this book didn't measure up to previous books in the series--lacked the slam-bang finish I've come to expect--I anxiously await the next one. It's a pity Mr. Cannell is no longer with us to continue this overall great series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 1/25/2014

    " A lot of sarcastic humor in this book which made it very enjoyable. Stephen Cannell was the writer for the TV series "Murder She Wrote" and his books are readable entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/22/2014

    " Stephen J. Cannell who brought us the Rockford Files and Castle has really done a great job with this Hollywood based murder mystery. He has great characters and a very interesting plot that does keep you guessing as well as laughing hysterically at his descriptions of certain archtypes. Great book to read curled up by the fire with a glass of single malt scotch and a blazing fire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 1/19/2014

    " RIP Mr Cannell. I will miss your stories and will especilly miss Shane Scully. I have read all your books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 11/24/2013

    " Good cop mystery with just a bit of Hollywood. Good story line with just enough of a twist to keep the story moving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 mcg | 10/27/2013

    " This was the first Cannell book I've ever read. I wasn't overly impressed, but it was an easy read and passed the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 9/29/2013

    " A good, fun read, very fast-paced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 8/25/2013

    " #10 in the Shane Scully Detective series. I was very sorry to read that the author had passed away right as this book was published. I want to read 1-9 in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 8/21/2013

    " A very good detective novel. Was thinking about a 5 rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wynn | 8/16/2013

    " Prostitutes Ball (like all the Shane Scully Books) is an extremely well written, fast paced mystery with plenty of action, wonderful descriptions of the Hollywood hills, the Venice canals, and plenty of dry humor and police slang. I enjoyed this book immensely! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 7/30/2013

    " Fantastic final book of the Shane Scully series. Your stories will be missed Mr. Cannell! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 7/26/2013

    " Thanks again, Tricia, for directing me to this author - GOOD mystery! I will look for others by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 7/4/2013

    " A great LAST novel in the Shane Scully series, full of twists and told from a very different angle. Cannell will surely be missed! RIP "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 zenbren | 3/4/2013

    " An ok read. Bit too heavy on street dialogue for me but interesting enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ConvincoDude | 12/4/2012

    " This one was so odd and quirky, especially for Cannell, that it quickly became one of my favorites from him. I can easily see a wackadoo Bryan-Fuller-y black-comedy film adaptation of this, kinda like Hannibal but much more lighthearted, closer to Pushing Daisies (but not quite). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trina Robinson | 8/30/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. Hitch & Scully make a great team. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Wilson | 8/23/2012

    " A quick, interesting read. Cannell gives you a look behind the scenes of movit/tv production with a lot of Hollywood history blended in. It seems to be autobiographical and probably is, but through the eyes of Shane Scully, you get to know Cannell and his world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derk | 6/25/2012

    " Cannell's books are always a good read, and this one was too. I think I've read all of his fiction so far. This one features Shane Scully, who has starred in most of the books. As usual the plot doesn't really hold up after thinking about it, but still I enjoyed it and look forward to the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 5/4/2012

    " Made for an enjoyable ride to and from Bayfield. Finished the last CD at home "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeri Griffin | 4/5/2012

    " An easy read, but a fun one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonja | 3/10/2012

    " This is pretty straightforward crime fiction. I don't think the characters or situation will stay with you--but that said, it is an entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 2/14/2012

    " Not worth the late fine at the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grant | 11/3/2011

    " What an incredible ride! This stuff is pure gold. I loved it. The characters are deep and well-thought out. The plot is fun and easy to follow. It was an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paschultz318 | 9/30/2011

    " Excellent book. Chuck is reading it & likes it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 5/5/2011

    " One of those mystery novels I just couldn't put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 4/28/2011

    " A very good detective novel. Was thinking about a 5 rating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 4/24/2011

    " Last book before Cannell died. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 4/21/2011

    " 3 1/2 stars, good fun, lots of twists and turns in plot, scully gets a new partner! should be a movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 4/18/2011

    " Not worth the late fine at the library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 3/27/2011

    " A good, fun read, very fast-paced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 3/9/2011

    " Another favorite character----but I only have one left to read about him, as i think the author died. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 3/6/2011

    " really enjoyed esp since it will be the last one of the series unfortunately! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 3/1/2011

    " A great storyteller. This was his last book before he died. I plan to go back and read his earlier mysteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/21/2011

    " A quick, interesting read. Cannell gives you a look behind the scenes of movit/tv production with a lot of Hollywood history blended in. It seems to be autobiographical and probably is, but through the eyes of Shane Scully, you get to know Cannell and his world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 1/25/2011

    " Good cop mystery with just a bit of Hollywood. Good story line with just enough of a twist to keep the story moving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/23/2011

    " #10 in the Shane Scully Detective series. I was very sorry to read that the author had passed away right as this book was published. I want to read 1-9 in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/19/2011

    " This was an interesting read. The characters are likeable; the plot has lots of twists and turns to keep you interested; the humor was a nice offset to the seriousness of the crimes. It's sad there won't be another book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/13/2011

    " Loved this story! This is the first book I have read of Stephen J. Cannell. The humor throughout the story was wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 1/11/2011

    " A lot of sarcastic humor in this book which made it very enjoyable. Stephen Cannell was the writer for the TV series "Murder She Wrote" and his books are readable entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda B | 1/4/2011

    " Quite an entertaining 'Shane Scully' tale that goes from a triple murder leading to a 25-year-old murder/suicide then to an infamous bank robbery then back to the current day triple murder then . . . very interesting twists and tangles. A fast paced, enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brei | 1/3/2011

    " Felt it wrapped everything up too quickly in the end "

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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.