The Tin Collectors: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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The bestselling novelist and award-winning Hollywood producer weaves a high-tension novel of suspense around a chilling conspiracy of corruption within the LAPD, reminiscent of the classic movie "Chinatown."

Inside the department, they're called Tin Collectors: Internal Affairs Agents, the police of the police. If they catch you breaking the rules, they'll come after your ...
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Overview


The bestselling novelist and award-winning Hollywood producer weaves a high-tension novel of suspense around a chilling conspiracy of corruption within the LAPD, reminiscent of the classic movie "Chinatown."

Inside the department, they're called Tin Collectors: Internal Affairs Agents, the police of the police. If they catch you breaking the rules, they'll come after your badge. If they want you badly enough, they'll collect more than just your tin.

LAPD Detective Shane Scully is startled awake in the middle of the night by a call from his ex-partner's wife, who is being beaten by her abusive husband. Racing to their house to stop the fight, Scully ends up killing his ex-partner, a cop who is beloved within the department. Suddenly, Scully finds himself an outcast, shunned by his fellow cops who intend to exact vengeance no matter what the cost. Internal Affairs zeroes in on the "renegade" cop with their sharpest young prosecutor, the ice queen Alexa Hamilton, who has her own reasons for taking revenge on Scully.

Desperate to save his career, Scully starts kicking over rocks within the LAPD. What he uncovers is pure evil: a conspiracy going to the very top that ultimately threatens not just his own life but that of a young teenage boy, Chooch, entrusted to Scully's care by his mother - Sandy Sandoval. Known as the Black Widow, Sandy is a beautiful and courageous woman who also happens to be the LAPD's most important undercover informant, and Scully will do anything to keep her son safe. Stephen J. Cannell combines mystery and violence, loyalty and passion in a tale with an ending as unpredictable as LA itself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429960458
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Shane Scully Series , #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 62,192
  • File size: 406 KB

Meet the Author

Stephen J. Cannell

In his thirty-five-year-career, Emmy Award-winning writer STEPHEN J. CANNELL 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. St. Martin’s Press is proud to have been his publisher for nearly a decade.  Learn more about him at his Web site: cannell.com.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2002

    Awesome!!!

    My favorite subject of the book was the teenager Chooch because it touched the reality of today's world. It also made me laugh at times.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Faster than the speed of light

    Los Angeles Police Sergeant Shane Sculley sleeps peacefully in his bed with no major cares haunting him until the call at 2:16 AM comes. Barbara Mular, the wife of Shane¿s former partner pleads with him to save her life from her husband Ray who is beating her up. When Shane arrives at the Mular home, the door is open so he enters. He sees Ray knocking Barbara around with his nightstick. Shane tries to diffuse the situation, but is forced to kill Ray when the latter draws out his gun. <P> Instead of the normal channels, a high up in the department forces Ray to go before a review board. Ray happens to have been the mayor¿s driver and bodyguard. ¿His Honor¿ wants Shane to go down preferably with a murder conviction. Shane learns that things are soon missing form Ray¿s home and if they discretely reappear all charges would be dropped. Shane knows corruption has been a way of life for LAPD (duh!), and he has to uncover it if he wants to clear his name. <P> Stephen Cannell starts this novel with a fast-action tale that continues to build up momentum until the story line exceeds the speed of light. Readers will empathize with Shane, an endearing hero struggling to regain his idyllic life lost in the corruption maelstrom. THE TIN COLLECTORS is an exciting story that leaves the audience wondering who will police the police when IA is corrupt? <P>Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2009

    Tin Collectors in one day

    I couldnt put the book down, I read it from cover to cover in one day. Shane Scully novels are the only books I read outside of sports. This had a little football in it anyway. I suggest you read them in order, I wish I would have!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2002

    awwwwsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love this book. I picked it up in the book for a book review I had to do for a college class. I thought it was going to be just a boring book, but it wasn't it keep me very interested. I really like the way the book turns out when Shane finds out he is Chooch's father. This book also relates to the everyday world of police corruption.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2001

    EXCELLANT

    This was my first time reading a Stephen J. Cannell novel. I gobbled this book up in two days. I was totally engrossed and just could not put it down. Additionally, I must confess - The ending filled my eyes with bona fide tears! I would love to see this novel brought to the big screen!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2001

    Authentic, Audacious and Artful

    Cannell has both an unbelieveable ear for dialogue and an uncanny knack for conjuring inventive plots. The TIN COLLECTORS is a riveting, action-packed, emotionally-charged cop thriller that makes Ed McBain pale in comparison. Cannell is a modern day Hammett who can plot!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Exciting story!

    Great police crime novel that grabs you with the first paragraph! I highly recommend it and will continue on to the next Shane Scully book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Awesome!

    Great suspenseful read. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. If you like cop series, read this book!
    I would also recommend: The Jack Reacher series by Lee Child and the Inspector Wexford series by Ruth Rendell.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2002

    Its a very good read

    This is the first Stephen Cannell novel I have read and I liked the way this author developed the complicated plot. The characters were well developed and although I picked up early on the attraction between Shane and Alexa I was impressed with the way these characters were handled. I also liked the ending in which the loose ends were all tied together. In so many novels there is non stop action until the last page leaving the reader unclear as to the motives. One such novel of this was Deep Fantom.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2001

    AMAZING!

    This book was not only a pleasure to read but also amazingly interesting. At first i was skeptical becuase i wasn't too sure how a novel about the LAPD was going to keep me interested but once again Cannell has managed to put together a book that includes murder, romance, as well as more than you ever wanted to know about the LAPD! I find Cannell's writing to be so interesting because you will actually learn something with each novel of his you read, and the subjects are endless. The book is an excellent read and will leave you hanging to the point it's next to impossible to put down. I loved every minute of it! Thank you Stephen , your a creative genius!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2001

    Bone chilling, and realistic

    Well written, and hard to put down.The Author of this book should meet the Author of another shocking cop true-life story, U.S Customs Badge of Dishonor.Both of these books would make great movies.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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