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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (445 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen J. Cannell Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Shane Scully Series Release Date: January 2004 ISBN: 9781593973810
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The Edgar and Emmy Award-winning writer and producer delivers a high-concept thriller of inter-bureau conspiracy and betrayal

A nightmarish series of events sweeps LAPD's Sergeant Shane Scully and his wife (and boss), Alexa, into the vortex of an enormous, jurisdictional firestorm. First, a sheriff's deputy, a friend of Shane's, is gunned down while serving a routine search warrant. His fellow deputies blame the incident on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, whom they angrily accuse of failing to warn them that the suspect had a huge arsenal of illegal weapons in his house. Soon thereafter, a member of the ATF Situation Response Team is shot to death, followed by the sniper murder of a member of the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau. At the request of the Mayor, the LAPD—an uninvolved and unbiased agency—assigns Shane to investigate. He is given an impossible deadline to find a solution before these two elite and deadly SWAT Teams kill each other off amid a hurricane of horrible publicity. Stephen Cannell is one of television's most prolific and recognized producers. His Shane Scully series has been gaining a growing audience since the publication of The Tin Collectors, and Vertical Coffin is his best outing yet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Scully has ample opportunity to prove how ‘Hollywood tough' he is...veteran writer/TV producer Cannell has concocted his special brand of reader candy. Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy Neal | 3/16/2013

    " Listened to audio book. Good cop story about loss of fellow officers, rivalry between depts. Calling deputies "sheriffs" throughout the story drove me nuts. In my experience, there is only 1 sheriff and his officers are deputies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sjfstudio | 3/7/2013

    " Liked this Shane Scully LAPD shoot-em up book. First time reading Stephen J. Cannell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene | 12/4/2012

    " For two books in one, I didn't think it was all that bad, but I thought the books were put together in the wrong order. The back half of the book should have been in the front and vice versa. In any case, kept me interested and reading. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 9/10/2012

    " Love Love Love this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 10/23/2011

    " Good read as you would expect from Cannell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 7/26/2011

    " I just love Cannell's Shane Scully series... they're LAPD vs. the bad guys with twists & turns so you hope for happy endings but are never sure that's where it'll end up. This is the 4th one of the series that I've read & each has been an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davehk | 6/22/2011

    " Murder mysteries should be plausible. This is - it's missing some of the tight, funny dialog that is the hallmark of much of his writing, and his go-to move seems to be to dump Scully into bed with his beautiful/model/raven haired/boss/light-of-his-life wife, Alexa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 6/15/2011

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Shane Scully; it looks like federal and state SWAT teams are picking each other off, until Scully figures out the mastermind behind it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/25/2011

    " OK - entertaining but not a page turner. Had no trouble putting it down. "

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

    " Liked this Shane Scully LAPD shoot-em up book. First time reading Stephen J. Cannell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 11/16/2010

    " Good read as you would expect from Cannell. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 9/22/2010

    " Love Love Love this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 8/30/2009

    " Listened to audio book. Good cop story about loss of fellow officers, rivalry between depts. Calling deputies "sheriffs" throughout the story drove me nuts. In my experience, there is only 1 sheriff and his officers are deputies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 8/27/2009

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Shane Scully; it looks like federal and state SWAT teams are picking each other off, until Scully figures out the mastermind behind it
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 6/26/2009

    " I just love Cannell's Shane Scully series... they're LAPD vs. the bad guys with twists & turns so you hope for happy endings but are never sure that's where it'll end up. This is the 4th one of the series that I've read & each has been an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davehk | 2/1/2009

    " Murder mysteries should be plausible. This is - it's missing some of the tight, funny dialog that is the hallmark of much of his writing, and his go-to move seems to be to dump Scully into bed with his beautiful/model/raven haired/boss/light-of-his-life wife, Alexa.

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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, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of 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.