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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (355 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen J. Cannell Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Shane Scully Series Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781441893345
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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.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “The late Cannell’s last Scully novel is a fitting ending to the series, reminding us why Cannell was a significant part of our entertainment culture on TV and in print for decades: he was a darn good storyteller. This well-plotted story shouldn’t be missed.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Cannell’s sturdy just-the-facts style and intimate knowledge of LA police venues and procedures unflinchingly ring true in a culture that assumes even homicide ‘isn’t about justice; it’s about Nielsen ratings.’”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 2/10/2014

    " The final Shane Scully novel, Vigilante, happens to be my introduction to the late Stephen J. Cannell's books. The plot is quite intriguing. A well-known gang activist is murdered in Los Angeles. The LAPD detectives assigned to her case know that not only will it be high profile, it could also spell the end of their careers if not handled correctly. Enter NIxon Nash, the charismatic host of a reality TV show called "Vigilante TV." Nash, who had hired the dead activist as a consultant, is well known for dogging police investigations and ruining officers lives and careers. His show is dedicated to solving crimes before the police can and then rubbing their noses in it on national television. Great plot... and it was a very good read. Unfortunately, for me, it was a little more "hardboiled" than I normally prefer. Overall, it was a good book and I may go back and give Shane Scully another chance, from the beginning. Great book for anyone who likes Crime Noir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Kass | 2/9/2014

    " This book was quick and clever. The story line allowed me to try to figure out the crime along with Scully and Hitch. I'll admit, the characters were a little shallow, but I enjoyed reading this book on a rainy day in Miami. "

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

    " A real page turner. I especially liked the connection with reality TV. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/13/2014

    " Enjoyed Vigilante. Fast-paced and smooth, this Shane Scully novel has lots of twists and turns. Got a little bit far-fetched, but an excellent ending. Cannell does a good job. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 1/11/2014

    " Shane Scully and partner get draw the homicide of an anti police activist in a gang infested neighborhood and almost before the crime scene tape is up the producer of an anti police TV show is there filming and interviewing. He gets Shane over and sets him up with a supposed witness and secretly films the interaction between Shane and the witness. With the producer hounding Shane and the police department at every step of the way it makes for some tense moments before this case is brought to a close. Readable but not outstanding. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 1/4/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, it was light and entertaining...Thank you Liz! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/4/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It is sad that there will not be any more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al Stoess | 12/28/2013

    " Interesting. Not as good as some of his other novels. Strange ending in that the person who saved Scally's life was arrested for murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 12/22/2013

    " Another good book by Cannell. The real bad guy in the book is..........Oh well you'll have read it yourself to find out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 10/26/2013

    " I've read this entire series but found this one a bit weak and too far-fetched. Cannell has passed away, and I'll miss his writing. His work is usually a fun time. Big fan of King Con. RIP "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy Templeton-sims | 10/25/2013

    " I usually enjoy Stephen J. Cannell books. This one was good but not as good has his others. Maybe because it was a Shane Scilly book? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Etzel | 10/17/2013

    " My first time reading a Cannell book. The story of two detectives in Los Angeles and a behind the scenes tv personality who profits off of unsolved murders. The book is a combination of murder mystery, thriller, surprises and sometimes witty detectives. I enjoyed the book and recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry Lane | 8/30/2013

    " Police procedural with a noir twist. A good read that keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 7/1/2013

    " Some good suspense, some good characters, but I think he took the easy way out on the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 3/29/2013

    " Saddened that it was his last book. But happy to get to read it after his death. It was a great story. I enjoyed it all. I could see, after reading all the other books in this series, that he probably would have added more details given the chance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 12/3/2012

    " Vigilante, the sequel is no "Prostitutes Ball." In fact, it is only about half as good and therefore worthy of 5 of 10 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Hicks | 11/6/2012

    " Very well written, it was a good story with a good ending. I will miss his writing as he was a great author. You will be missed by all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 8/1/2012

    " I was disappointed in this book. I found it to be slow to get into, not very exciting. I didn't care for the characters at all. It was a chore to get through this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 5/15/2012

    " I'm sad to see this decent, occasionally very good crime series come to an end. Thank you, Mr. Cannell, it was a fun ride. "

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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.