The Prostitutes' Ball

The Prostitutes' Ball

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by Stephen J. Cannell
     
 

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Detective Shane Scully responds to a call in the Hollywood hills at a once-immaculate mansion, the scene of an infamous murder twenty-five years prior. He discovers the remnants of a lavish pool party. The revelers have fled, leaving three dead bodies in their wake, all shot with the same gun. One is an acclaimed film producer. The other two, a pair of gorgeous

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Detective Shane Scully responds to a call in the Hollywood hills at a once-immaculate mansion, the scene of an infamous murder twenty-five years prior. He discovers the remnants of a lavish pool party. The revelers have fled, leaving three dead bodies in their wake, all shot with the same gun. One is an acclaimed film producer. The other two, a pair of gorgeous women.

With his new partner, Sumner "Hitch" Hitchens, Scully begins to investigate what looks to be an open-and-shut case: The women were hired prostitutes, and there's security video of an angry husband firing on all three. A simple case of brutal revenge. But nothing is ever as simple as it seems: There's a single spent bullet casing that doesn't match the rest.

From that single bullet emerges a story of love, murder, suicide, and one of the biggest financial frauds in L.A. history. Someone has gone to great lengths to cover up a decades-old crime, and as Scully and Hitch get closer to the answer, they find themselves in a killer's crosshairs.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cannell injects new life into his bestselling Shane Scully series by giving the LAPD homicide detective a new partner in his 10th outing (after The Pallbearers). Since Shane's regular partner is on leave, Shane teams with Sumner Hitchens, a handsome African-American detective widely disliked throughout the department. Hitch, who dresses like a menswear model, lives like the millionaire he has become as the result of selling the story of one of his homicide cases to the movies. This rubs Shane the wrong way, but after Hitch saves his life, Shane begins to see another side to the man. A quick resolution to a triple homicide they investigate--a famous movie director and two prostitutes shot dead at a party--leads them to another mystery that occurred 25 years before. Hitch and Shane are a powerful combination, both as characters and as detectives. Readers will look forward to seeing more of this dynamic duo. Author tour. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

“Fast, funny and delightfully twisty—the best Scully yet.” —Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“Cannell injects new life into his bestselling Shane Scully series.... Hitch and Shane are a powerful combination, both as characters and as detectives. Readers will look forward to seeing more of this dynamic duo.” —Publishers Weekly

“Cannell provides readers with a quick, entertaining mystery.” —RT Book Reviews

“The dynamic partnering of the seemingly snob and the slob make for a refreshing Scully entry.... Fans of the saga ... will enjoy this fine entry as Stephen J. Cannell provides his fans with an engaging police procedural.” —Genre Go Round Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429944953
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Series:
Shane Scully Series , #10
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
85,521
File size:
577 KB

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This is a story about a story.

It’s also a story which, despite all my efforts to the contrary, seemed destined to become a major motion picture.

It began a few days before Christmas, but it’s not a Christmas story. It’s about lost generations and emotional desertion, and about a Los Angeles family with way too much money. So I guess at its heart, it’s a story about greed, corruption, and loss.

With those themes, what better place to start than at an office Christmas party? But before we begin, just a few preliminary remarks.

I’m a homicide detective, and as such, I’m carefully schooled in the three concepts mentioned above. I work at an elite LAPD detective division known as Homicide Special. Our unit was reconstituted after the O.J. Simpson case, another L.A. story of greed, corruption, and loss.

After losing that high-profile media trial, it occurred to our command floor managers that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to have homicide detectives carrying blood evidence vials around a crime scene where they could later be accused of planting it.

As a result, Homicide Special was completely reorganized and staffed with our most seasoned detectives. I’m lucky to be assigned there. It’s a great gig.

My name is Shane Scully, and for this story I will be your host narrator. It’s going to be a fast ride through L.A. with a lot of reckless driving. Look out for abrupt lane changes, freeway shootings, and dangerous hairpin turns. As a police officer, I’m required to advise you to fasten your seat belts.

All set? Then let’s go. . . . Cue the opening theme music. Fade slowly up from black, and we’ll begin at:

 

THE PROSTITUTES’ BALL. Copyright © 2010 by Stephen J. Cannell. All rights reserved.  For information, address St. Martin’s Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010.

Meet the Author

Stephen J. Cannell (1941-2010) was the author of the bestselling Shane Scully books, including The 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 co-created more than forty TV series. Among his hits were The Rockford Files, Silk Stalkings, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, Hunter, Renegade, Wiseguy, and The Commish. He received numerous awards, including the Saturn Award - Life Career Award (2004), The Marlow Lifetime Achievement Award from Mystery Writers of America (2005), and the WGA Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement (2006). Having overcome severe dyslexia, Cannell was an avid spokesperson on the condition and an advocate for children and adults with learning disabilities. He was a third-generation Californian and resided in the Pasadena area with his wife, Marcia, and their children.


Stephen J. Cannell (1941-2010) was the author of the bestselling Shane Scully books, including The Prostitute's Ball, The 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 co-created more than forty TV series. Among his hits were The Rockford Files, Silk Stalkings, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, Hunter, Renegade, Wiseguy, and The Commish. He received numerous awards, including the Saturn Award - Life Career Award (2004), The Marlow Lifetime Achievement Award from Mystery Writers of America (2005), and the WGA Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement (2006). Having overcome severe dyslexia, Cannell was an avid spokesperson on the condition and an advocate for children and adults with learning disabilities. He was a third-generation Californian and resided in the Pasadena area with his wife, Marcia, and their children.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Pasadena, California
Date of Birth:
February 5, 1941
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles, California
Education:
B.S., University of Oregon
Website:
http://www.cannellbooks.com

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The Prostitutes' Ball (Shane Scully Series #10) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
crankyasianman More than 1 year ago
It was sad to hear of Stephen Cannell's passing a couple of days before the book came out. This book was entertaining as the rest of the Shane Scully novels. The book was a quick, enjoyable read. He will be missed : (
harstan More than 1 year ago
LAPD Homicide Special Chief Tony Filosiana sends Detective Shane Scully to investigate an alleged shooting at a dilapidated Hollywood mansion with Detective Sumner Hitchens as his partner since his regular mate Sally Quinn is on leave for the holidays. Like most of the hardcore members of the unit, Scully detests the African-American detective, who dresses like he is the centerfold of GQ as he made a fortune selling the story of a homicide case to the movies. Scully reappraises his partner following a harrowing incident. At the mansion, the two cops find three dead people (a producer and two females who Scully assumes are hookers) shot by the same gun. The homicides ended an apparent party in which the attendees fled for the hills. They apparently solve the case, but have one problem as an extra shell casing not from the murder weapon is found. Soon the pair works a cold case murder at the same locale that occurred over two and a half decades ago. The dynamic partnering of the seemingly snob and the slob make for a refreshing Scully entry as each learns not to judge a book by its cover; both prove courageous, intelligent and full of heart. Although the teaming of apparent opposites is not new (see Hollywood Homicide with Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett), fans of the saga (see The Pallbearers) will enjoy this fine entry as Stephen J. Cannell provides his fans with an engaging police procedural. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting read with numerous twists and turns keeping interest and making it difficult to put down. Cannell was writer fot TV series and this could have made an episode!
MIJul More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I've read by this author. It was on clearance and the title captured my attention, so I gave it a try. It was very good - well written and a good plot; kept my interest right to the last page. I'll be looking for other books in this series and by this author.
readingaddict2 More than 1 year ago
Great reading for those that like suspense and Cannells' style.
megareader-nc More than 1 year ago
First time I had read a book by Canneli but throughtly enjoyed it and will read more. Plot moved quickly and keep you on your toes to see what would happen next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought is started out a bit slow but speeded up to a really good old Hollywood mystery. I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well written by a great producer& writer. I only wish that he was still here writing more books. Since I can't have my wish; then I will search out what books he left behind. He will always remain one of my top writers and I hope to see some of his T.V.shows come back in re-runs so that today's generation will see what we lost.
leegee More than 1 year ago
Excellent book by Cannell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an easy read, very entertaining. Great for a plane ride or at the besch.
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DeanKoontz-Fan More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It had its seriousness (murder always is) and its funny - Loved the characters Scully and Hitchens - what a pair! Will have to see is there are more Shane Scully books by Cannell.
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Stephen J.Cannell, you should put more of your books in Nook format. This book I found very funny to read. By the way he also wrote for TV. in the 80's. He should write a new series for the paperback and nook readers ect. Look him on Barnes and Noble.
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