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Vertical Coffin: A Shane Scully Novel
     

Vertical Coffin: A Shane Scully Novel

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by Stephen J. Cannell
 

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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

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Vertical Coffin (Shane Scully Series #4) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff Emo Rojas is handing out a routine warrant when Vincent Smiley kills him. Cops kill Vincent, but that is not the end of the story. The Sheriff¿s Department is outraged not because one of them was gunned down. With the amount of ammo stored inside Smiley¿s abode, they believe that the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, and Tobacco knew what their deceased comrade was walking into, but provided no warning.

Not long afterward, AFT Special Reaction Team member Billy Greenridge lies in a coffin with his compatriots convinced that this was payback for Emo¿s death. The only major neutral law enforcement group in Southern California is LAPD. The brass assigns Sergeant Shane Scully to keep the peace between the hostile armies by solving the second homicide. Shane alienates not only both bellicose sides but his wife and other superiors as he defies everyone by investigating Smiley, but not as a ¿suicide by cop¿ victim as his superiors including his wife believe.

The latest Scully tale is the best to date as the key players from both armed camps, several criminal elements, LAPD especially the hero¿s wife, his temporary Internal Affairs partner, and Shane seem so real. The tempers flaring make Shane¿s endeavor that much more difficult, but as a consequence that is more fun for the audience. Stephen J. Cannell is at the top of his game with this powerful police procedural that has the Blue Knights ready to war with one another unless Shane can prove in a rapid response that Greenridge¿s death was caused by a third party.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Veteran voice performer Scott Brick gives an energetic and exciting reading to both the abridged and unabridged versions of Stephen J. Cannell's latest thriller. In an estimable professional career writer Cannell has created over 40 TV series, including The Rockford files, The A-Team, and The Commish. Such a background serves him well as he effortless segued into novel form introducing LAPD Investigator Shane Scully who is often aided and abetted by his wife, Alexa, also with the LAPD. Vertical Coffin, the fourth Scully novel, places Scully in a terrifying role - caught between what are apparently two battling agencies - the Sheriff's Department and the ATF. Trouble began when a psycho with a store of weapons was trapped and evidently killed in his burning house. Shortly thereafter officials of both agencies are shot at and murdered in vertical coffins. With the LAPD the only uninvolved entity Scully enters the case. But before he can untangle the interlocking layers of deceit he finds his hold on life becoming more tenuous with each day. Scott Brick has provided a riveting listening experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading Vertical Coffin and it ranks up there with Cannell's other excellent Shane Scully novels like Hollywood Tough , Viking Funeral and Tin Collectors! Cannell weaves a page turning crime mystery for Scully to crack before all out war between Fed and Sheriff SWAT teams happens.
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I have just discovered this series of books by Mr. Cannell and have enjoyed the characters he writes. The Shane Scully character is well written and an absorbing person.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh, wow! This novel was so good! I could not put it down once I started it. If you are a reader like me and enjoys getting lost in a terrifc book that keeps you on pins and needles throughout the entire read then this is the book for you. GREAT BOOK!
Tivakhalim More than 1 year ago
I would have really enjoyed the 2 books I bought in this series - had it not been for the continual spelling errors. I'm talking errors worse than an OCR program would make. To me, having to constantly decipher what a word was supposed to be really distracted from the storyline. I was extremely disappointed at the lack of quality of these books - I expect much, much more from such a prolific writer. I'm sorry that I spent the money on them.