Vigilante [With Earbuds]

Vigilante [With Earbuds]

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by Stephen J. Cannell

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In the last novel by acclaimed producer and New York Times bestselling author Stephen J. Cannell, LAPD detective Shane Scully and his partner Sumner Hitchens investigate a crime with ties to the sometimes violent world of reality TV

Lita Mendez was a thorn in the LAPD's side.  An aggressive police critic and gang activist, 


In the last novel by acclaimed producer and New York Times bestselling author Stephen J. Cannell, LAPD detective Shane Scully and his partner Sumner Hitchens investigate a crime with ties to the sometimes violent world of reality TV

Lita Mendez was a thorn in the LAPD's side.  An aggressive police critic and gang activist, she’d filed countless complaints against the department. So when she's found dead in her home, Detective Scully and his partner Hitchens fear the worst: that there's a killer in their ranks.

Outside the crime scene, Nixon Nash and his television crew have set up shop.  Nash is the charismatic host of a hit reality show called "Vigilante TV," dedicated to beating the cops at their own game: solving murders before they can.  Now he has the murder of Lita Mendez in his sights.  He presents the detectives with a choice: either join his team, or prepare for a public takedown.

But Scully knows that Nash isn't the folk-hero he seems.  He will do anything in the name of self-promotion.  If a detective got in his way, would he be prepared to kill? In this new novel, Scully will have to risk everything save himself and the job he loves.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In the blistering 11th and final Shane Scully novel from bestseller Cannell (after 2010’s The Prostitutes’ Ball), the tough LAPD homicide detective and his elegant millionaire cop partner, Sumner Hitchens, look into the murder of gang activist Lita Mendez, in which Nixon “Nix” Nash, the shady host of the TV reality show Vigilante, has taken a special interest. Determined to bribe Scully and Hitch, Nix leads them down one blind alley after another, and hints at high-level police corruption before the predictable adrenalized shoot-’em-up ending. Cannell’s sturdy just-the-facts style and intimate knowledge of L.A. police venues and procedures unflinchingly ring true in a culture that assumes even homicide “isn’t about justice; it’s about Nielsen ratings.” As Scully pungently puts it to Nix, “What this is really about is revolution against social order and the real joke is you’re getting filthy rich while you’re doing it.” Cannell (1941–2010) was the creator of more than 40 TV series, including The Rockford Files and The Commish. (Dec.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Alas, thriller fans, this is the final work from Cannell after his death in September 2010. When Lita Menendez is found dead in her home, LAPD's Shane Scully is pretty anxious. Activist Menendez frequently criticized the police, and now he wonders whether some rogue cop has taken revenge. What's worse, the host of Vigilante TV, a top-rated reality show that aims to solve cases before the police do, is parked on Menendez's doorstep. Expect lots of interest in Cannell's good-bye.
Kirkus Reviews - Kirkus Reviews
In his valedictory case, LAPD Detective Shane Scully (The Prostitutes' Ball, 2010, etc.) finds real danger in the dubious world of reality TV. Nixon Nash is an ex-lawyer, an ex-cop and an ex-con over a little matter of embezzlement that led to a two-year prison stretch. But never mind all the exes. What matters most are his consistently lofty Nielsen numbers. He's cobbled together a reality show called Vigilante TV that audiences have fallen in love with and cops universally haven't. Vigilante TV deliberately and relentlessly makes cops look bad, ranging from greedily corrupt to abysmally stupid, leaving Shane Scully smack in the middle of a mess he never made. Whatever else Nash may be (psychopathic, for instance?), he certainly is vengeful. And he clearly harbors negative feelings toward the LAPD and Shane Scully. When ferocious anti-police activist Lolita Mendez is murdered, Nash promptly makes the case a centerpiece of his show and publicly pits his resources against Scully's in a race to crack it. Challenged, Scully has no choice but to play Nash's convoluted game. As it hurtles toward its climax, however, he begins to understand exactly what Nash means him to understand: that the stakes are career against career and, in the final analysis, life against life. Well plotted and smartly paced. Scully goes out a winner.

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Playaway Adult Fiction Series
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Meet the Author

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

Pasadena, California
Date of Birth:
February 5, 1941
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles, California
B.S., University of Oregon

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Vigilante 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 29 reviews.
p1s2 More than 1 year ago
Before you read this last book, there are 10 that comes before. Without reading them you will not understand the characters and how they intertwine. While each book may be a different story, there is another underneath it. Personally speaking, I could and definitely would read more books about Shane Scully- the main character. I can't wait until this book gets here, because I haven't read it yet, but I can vouch for the fact that reading this and all the other books in this series will keep the readers on the edge of their seats. I am sorry that the author died not long after he finished this book, and whether he had started on another for this series I have no clue, but I have been a fan of his shows and of his books.
SteveTheDM More than 1 year ago
Full Disclosure: I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of Vigilante as part of the Goodreads First-Reads program, where readers get books for free in the hope that reviews get written for the various social media outlets. I don’t generally choose police procedurals when I select the novels I read, so I don’t have an extensive background in the genre. This one got picked up because I got it free (often a deciding factor)... It’s called “A Shane Scully Novel” and is apparently 11th in the series. I hadn’t read any of the prior novels, but this doesn’t seem to be a factor, as this novel stands alone well. (Stephen J. Cannell, the author, is also the creator of a number of police shows for television, so he’s got the skills for handling loosely connected stories down.) I really loved this book. I was engaged by both the protagonists and antagonists throughout, and thought the premise was original enough that I was not at all anticipating any of the twists that happened. I was quite happy that I was reading this book, and then the ending thundered off the pages, as all the threads were tied together, and thrust the book into the “wow” column. This was a bunch of fun. 5 of 5 stars.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
Having read all of the Shane Scully novels written by Stephen J. Cannell before his death, I find it very hard to believe that he wrote this tepid excuse for a Shane Scully story. It just doesn't read like the other books. It's main problem is that it is not very interesting, and Scully novels were nothing if not interesting. Yet the series is a money maker, so don't be surprised to see yet another one. I note that the book nor the book jacket mention that the author is deceased.
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JIMPNY More than 1 year ago
This is a great read...could not put it down. This is as good as The Prostitute's Ball. Stephen J. Cannell was a great story teller and boy could he ever write.
paljbl More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed Vigilante. It was my first Cannell novel and it won't be my last.
vette01 More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the Shane Scully series. I like the relationship between him and his wife. I must admit though Shane seems to get a lot of cases that are a little out there. It is a shame that Mr. Cannell is deceased because I would have liked to have read more books in the Shane Scully series.
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RoRP More than 1 year ago
Stephen Cannell did not disappoint! Fast action, good dialogue - can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is like all his others. He might be the best author that I have ever read. I've read all his books starting with the first one. I'm very sad that he died and that their will be no more.
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It was great reading
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Opinion: not one of the better entries in the series. The villain is over-capable, and I missed Alexa and Chooch, plus Chooch's girlfriend. I would imagine that Cannell planned more books in the series, thus left questions for sequels, but I feel left hanging.
tottman More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate to receive an early review copy of Stephen Cannell¿s Vigilante, a Shane Scully novel. This was my first time reading Cannell and even though it¿s the 11th Shane Scully novel, I had no problem jumping into the story. Shane Scully and his partner, Sumner Hitchens, get handed a hot case. The murder of Lita Mendez, a gang activist with a long history of filing complaints and making enemies in the police department. To make it hotter, Nixon Nash, host of the show, Vigilante, shows up and plans to make the case the centerpiece of his show. A show which has embarrassed police and ended careers in other cities in previous seasons. This was a fast-paced, well-written and entertaining crime mystery. The characters were nicely developed and engaging. There were enough suspects to keep you uncertain who the killer was, without feeling misled with flimsy red herrings. It was also refreshing to have a protagonist who was fairly well-adjusted, without a drinking or drug problem, a skeleton in his closet, or some other emotional or moral problem to overcome. Just a good investigator in trying circumstances. Nix Nash was a villiain you love to hate. A smarmy tv host with a checkered past and vast resources. His actions and the motives behind them keep you guessing until the end. This book is in some ways an old fashioned gumshoe detective novel, but with a modern twist in the form of a tv investigation racing with the detective to solve the crime. Cannell skillfully blends the two different worlds into an entertaining novel. An interesting detective along with a complicated cast of villains and suspects makes for a very good read. I look forward to checking out other Cannell/Scully books. Recommended for any fan of crime fiction and mystery novels.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
The murder of an outspoken advocate against the police brings a reality-TV star to the scene who proclaims that he¿ll solve this case, alluding to police corruption. Shane suspects something else is going on and will have to derail the star¿s rise to the stop. What a rollercoaster ride! From the first page to the exciting conclusion, I knew I would not be able to put this book down. I was pulled right into the non-stop, fast-fury action of Shane and his team as they investigated a murder mystery with plenty of viable suspects. The villain is clever, but so is our hero who is determined to put an end to his shenanigans once and for all, even if it means sidestepping legality. This is another great book in this engaging and thrilling series and I¿ll forever miss seeing Shane Scully and the team again.
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