The Prostitutes' Ball [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429944953
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Series: Shane Scully Series , #10
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 38,150
  • File size: 564 KB

Meet the Author

Stephen J. Cannell

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.

Biography

An Emmy Award-winning writer and producer of some of television's best-known pop cop dramas, including The Rockford Files, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, The Commish, and Wiseguy, Stephen J. Cannell has spent more than 35 years of writing for the big and small screens.

However, in one of crime fiction's most successful second acts, Cannell's career as a bestselling novelist began over two decades after he left his prints on the television world.

His debut novel, a political thriller called The Plan, burst onto the crime fiction beat in 1995. Said the New York Times Book Review of his first literary outing: "The thrust of the novel is unassailable." Cannell's follow-up, Final Victim, was a serial killer tale in the popular Silence of the Lambs vein. "Relentless.... Mesmerizing... Stephen J. Cannell is a great entertainer. The man can write," said The Washington Post Book World of Cannell's sophomore smash. Feature film rights to his third outing, a rollicking mob tale entitled King Con, were sold to MGM for $1 million, with Cannell writing the screenplay for the film and John Travolta slated to star.

Two other stand-alone thrillers, Riding the Snake (1998) and The Devil's Workshop (1999), were also well received, both critically and commercially. But Cannell would truly hit paydirt with the introduction of Shane Scully, a renegade LAPD sergeant who would come to star in a string of bestsellers beginning with 2001's The Tin Collectors. Named for those Internal Affairs officers who "police the police" -- and take the badges of cops who don't play by the rules -- the new turn displayed Cannell's "knack for character and a bent for drama that will satisfy even the most jaded thrill lover," according to Publishers Weekly.

Cannell's most recent books -- The Viking Funeral (2001) and Hollywood Tough (2002) -- continue to find Scully getting into all manner of dicey situations. but Cannell will always be there to bail him out for another adventure.

Good To Know

Cannell has severe dyslexia, a learning disability that forced him to be held back three grades before graduation from high school. Says Cannell in our interview, "I made one up, but I was certainly thought Least Likely to Succeed. This condition has helped to motivate me and has allowed me to enjoy my unexpected success as a writer for 35 years."

He has never had writer's block, which Cannell says he thinks "is usually caused by the desire to be perfect. The idea that I would be perfect at anything was knocked out of me by third grade. I write to entertain myself."

On his approach to writing, Cannell tells us, "I always try to write something I have never written before. This is why I have created such diverse TV series, ranging from the cartoonish A-Team to dark, cerebral dramas like Wiseguy."

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    1. Hometown:
      Pasadena, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 5, 1941
    2. Place of Birth:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Oregon
    2. Website:

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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.

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

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    The dynamic partnering of the seemingly snob and the slob make for a refreshing Scully entry

    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

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

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    The Prostitute' Ball

    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 : (

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Highly recommended!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

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    Surprise

    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.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Recommended good read

    Great reading for those that like suspense and Cannells' style.

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    I loved this book! It had its seriousness (murder always is) an

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2012

    Excellent Light Reading

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Thought is started out a bit slow but speeded up to a really good old Hollywood mystery. I enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    highly recommended

    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.

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    Scully

    Excellent book by Cannell.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    Book Candy

    Cannell doesn't claim to be a profound writer....he writes stuff, book candy to forget your life for awhile and become involved with his characters. I enjoyed this book, could have been a bit faster paced, but overall it was fun to read with a big glass of diet soda and a big comfy chair. Yahoo!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    EASY READ

    This is an easy read, very entertaining. Great for a plane ride or at the besch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Recommend

    This is a good story with several twists and turns. You start with one crime and by the end there are three. The story held my attention. I did feel the ending was weak. After the build up of all the wrong doings going on, I expected an explosive ending which was not there. But, the journey to the ending was very enjoyable.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

    good read

    fast paced - very good read

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  • Posted December 20, 2011

    Excellent!

    I really enjoy Stephen Cannell's Shane Scully novels. They are all a great read that keeps your interest. You will read into the wee hours...
    This is an exciting book that will hold your attention right to the end.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    good read

    a bit different but very enjoyble

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    starts slow, but finishes fast

    Enjoyed this book, would recommand it to other mystery fans.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    Highly Recommended Mystery

    Really enjoyed this mystery. I am a crime book junkie and this fits right in. Had never read this author before and am looking forward to more of his books. A first rate book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Titties.....?

    Vvbb

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    First Time Reader.. Will Read Again.

    This was my first read of Mr. Cannell, but it will not be my last.

    The Ball was extremely well written, and kept me entertained all the way though the book. The twists and turns kept me turning the pages until the very end.

    The characters are believable as well as enjoyable.

    I think most people who enjoy this genre will enjoy the Ball.

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