Stephen J. Cannell CD Collection 3: The Pallbearers, The Prostitutes' Ball

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The Pallbearers
Detective Shane Scully was reared in the orphanage Huntington House and the only positive thing in his life was the attention of the Home’s director, Walter “Pop” Dix. He was the father none of them ever had. That was thirty years ago. Now, Shane revisits these memories when Pop is found dead, the victim of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun blast. He leaves a message asking six specific people from Huntington House to be pallbearers, and Shane is one of them. ...

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Overview

The Pallbearers
Detective Shane Scully was reared in the orphanage Huntington House and the only positive thing in his life was the attention of the Home’s director, Walter “Pop” Dix. He was the father none of them ever had. That was thirty years ago. Now, Shane revisits these memories when Pop is found dead, the victim of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun blast. He leaves a message asking six specific people from Huntington House to be pallbearers, and Shane is one of them. He and the others don’t believe it was a suicide. That leaves murder. But why, and by whom? Together, the pallbearers embark on a dangerous odyssey in pursuit of justice and retribution. Their journey takes them up against an unforeseen adversary whose power and influence exceed anything they imagined.

The Prostitutes’ Ball
A few days before Christmas, Scully and his wife, Alexa, respond to a call in the Hollywood Hills. The crime scene is the backyard swimming pool of a once-immaculate mansion, the site of an infamous murder decades prior, where a family was killed in cold blood on Christmas Eve. Since then, the house has been shuttered and left exactly as it was on that terrible night. Shane and Alexa arrive to discover the aftermath of a lavish party and three dead bodies, all shot with the same gun. One is acclaimed film producer Scott Berman. The others, a pair of gorgeous women in their early twenties. Scully is assigned to the case along with his new partner, Sumner Hitchens. Scully and Hitch begin to investigate: The two young women were hired prostitutes, and there’s a security video of an angry husband firing on all three. A simple case of revenge. But there’s a catch: The detectives discover a single bullet casing that doesn’t match the rest. From that single bullet emerges a story that spans thirty years—a tale of love, murder, suicide, and one of the biggest financial frauds in L.A. history. But someone has gone to great lengths to cover up the crime, and as Scully and Hitch get closer to the answer, they find themselves in a killer’s crosshairs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781491540848
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Series: Shane Scully Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Sales rank: 923,653
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen J. Cannell
In his thirty-five-year career, Emmy Award-winning writer Stephen J. Cannell has created more than forty TV series. Among his hits are The Rockford Files, Silk Stalkings, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, Hunter, Renegade, Wiseguy, and The Commish. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 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
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