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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: Related: The Shane Scully Series Release Date:
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In the last novel by acclaimed producer and New York Times bestselling author Stephen J. Cannell, LAPD detective Shane Scully and his partner Sumner Hitchens investigate a crime with ties to the sometimes violent world of reality tv.

Lita Mendez was a thorn in the LAPD's side. An aggressive police critic and gang activist, she had filed countless complaints against the department. So when she’s found dead in her home, Detective Scully and his partner Hitchens fear the worst: that there’s a killer in their ranks.

Outside the crime scene, Nixon Nash and his television crew have set up shop. Nash is the charismatic host of a hit reality show called “Vigilante TV,” 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. He presents the detectives with a choice: either join his team, or prepare for a public takedown.

But Scully knows that Nash isn’t the folk-hero he seems. He will do anything in the name of self-promotion. If a detective got in his way, would he be prepared to kill? In this new novel, Scully will have to risk everything to save himself, his family, and the job he loves.

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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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