Vigilante: A Shane Scully Novel
Stephen J. Cannell
St. Martin's, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
APD detective Shane Scully (whose wife Alexa is Chief of Detectives) and his wealthy partner Sumner Hitchens (who '
hit the jackpot when he sold a big movie case of his to the movies
') are back in
. It's a police procedural with an unusual premise, involving a reality TV show,
, that '
billed itself as a police watchdog.
' The show is hosted by Nixon Nash, who served time for embezzlement and is now on a crusade against law enforcement.
s this story opens, Shane and Hitch are called to the scene of a murder and warned, '
You ain't gonna like it.
' The victim turns out to be Lita Mendez, '
one of the city's most aggressive police critics and gang activists.
' Cops had lost pay and pensions because of her. A key suspect turns out to be Captain Stephanie Madrid, '
the Dark Queen of Internal Affairs
'. She's married to tough ex-cop Lester Madrid, who '
looked nasty enough to eat your children
' and who threatens Shane.
s the duo investigate, Nash manipulates events, and Hitch accurately predicts '
He's gonna make us look like douche bags on national TV.
' But as Nash builds his case on the air, Shane and Hitch dig into the TV host's past. They discover that he was the direct cause of a miscarriage of justice that freed a serial killer in the Florida Everglades. That, gourmet cook Hitch's acute sense of smell, and a cold case that was never properly investigated, lead them to a shocking solution to their current case - and several others.
, Stephen J. Cannell delivers a thoroughly satisfying police procedural with a violent crescendo of an ending and last minute surprises. I highly recommend it to mystery fans, but sure hope that his premise - reality TV crimesolving - never actually happens!
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