On the Grind (Shane Scully Series #8)

On the Grind (Shane Scully Series #8)

by Stephen J. Cannell

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On the Grind (Shane Scully Series #8) by Stephen J. Cannell


Charged with felony misconduct in a high-profile solicitation of murder case, detective Shane Scully has to make a choice: resign from the LAPD or face criminal prosecution. To make matters worse, his wife Alexa, the chief of detectives, is seeking a divorce citing his alleged affair with the accused, a beautiful Hollywood actress. In desperation, Shane joins the only police force that will hire disgraced cops—a small, incorporated city called Haven Park, populated almost entirely by illegal Mexican immigrants.


The department is a hotbed of corruption, in effect the personal goon squad of Haven Park’s mayor, Cecil Bratano. And Shane's new partner, Alonzo Bell, is one of the dirtiest cops around. But by the time he realizes the whole department is "on the grind," it's too late. Shane is trapped in a vicious game of money, lies, and murder. His estranged wife may be the only one who can get him out of this mess alive. The question is: Is she willing to?

“Stephen J. Cannell is a first-rate storyteller.”—Janet Evanovich

“[Cannell] keeps you nailed to the page.” —Ted Bell

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312365257
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Series: Shane Scully Series , #8
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.


Pasadena, California

Date of Birth:

February 5, 1941

Place of Birth:

Los Angeles, California


B.S., University of Oregon

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Just an hour before my whole life turned upside down, I was making love to my wife, Alexa, in our little house on the Grand Canal in Venice, California. It was the first week of May and a spring storm was washing across the L.A. Basin, filling gutters and runoffs with dirty brown water, pushing a slanting rain against our bedroom window, blurring the view. I knew the police department was about to charge me with a criminal felony, I just didn’t know exactly when. I had chosen to make love to my wife partially to ease a sense of impending doom, and partially because I knew it was going to be our last chance.

The Tiffany Roberts mess was already in full bloom, leaking toxic rumors about me through the great blue pipeline down at Parker Center, turning my life and entire twenty-year police career radioactive. Why do I seem to keep volunteering for these things?

So doom and dread hovered as knowledge of what lay ahead turned our lovemaking bittersweet, changing the tone like a low chord that announces the arrival of a villain. We were lying in an uncomfortable embrace, listening to the rain on the windows, when the doorbell sounded.

"That’s probably it," I said.

"Guess so," Alexa replied, her voice as dead as mine.

I got up, found my waiting clothes folded neatlyover the bedroom chaise. I skinned into a pair of faded jeans and a USC Trojans sweatshirt that I’d grabbed from my son Chooch’s room, then padded barefoot to the front hall and unlatched the lock without bothering to look through the peephole. I already knew who was going to be there.

The door opened into a whipping rain. Standing on my front steps were three uniformed police officers in transparent slickers.

"I’m Lieutenant Clive Matthews, Professional Services Bureau," the cop in the center said. I’d seen him before, mostly in restaurants around Parker Center. He was an IAD deputy commander. A big guy with a drinker’s complexion. He was supposed to be in AA, but the exploded capillaries on his ruddy face were a death clock that told me the cure hadn’t taken.

"What’s up, Loo?" I said, my voice flat.

"Charge sheet." He thrust three typed yellow forms at me.

A PSB charge sheet lists the crimes being filed against you by Internal Affairs. It’s basically an accusation of misconduct which starts a lengthy disciplinary process that usually ends at a career-threatening Board of Rights Trial, which is in effect a police administrative hearing. The fact that a deputy commander in uniform was personally delivering the goods was representative of the gravity of my predicament.

Matthews handed me a sealed envelope. "Your letter of transmittal." The document confirmed the delivery of the charge sheet and started the clock on an array of procedural administrative events.

"You have to sign the top copy for me. Keep the other," he instructed.

"You guys couldn’t wait until tomorrow?" I looked past him at the two stone-faced IOs standing a foot back, one on each side of the lieutenant. Water droplets had gathered on the plastic shoulders of their see-through raincoats.

"Nope," the lieutenant replied. "Chief Filosiani and the city attorney request your presence in his office at Parker Center immediately."

"I get to contact my Police Officers Association steward before answering these charges at a Skelly hearing," I said. "That right is guaranteed me under rule six of the city charter. The chief knows that, so what’s with this midnight meeting?"

"It’s not a command performance. The chief is extending you a courtesy. Your POA steward has been notified. If it was up to me, I’d just body-slam you like the piece of shit you are." He said it without raising his voice or putting any inflection on it. "You might want to get your shoes and jacket. It’s pretty wet out here. You can ride with us."

"What is it, Shane?" Alexa was coming out of the bedroom, walking down the hall.

I turned to look at her. Breathtakingly beautiful. Black hair framing a fashion model’s cheekbones. Incredible blue eyes that were locked on me. She was belting her robe, her black hair tousled with the memory of sex. I knew these might be the last friendly words we would speak.

"IA. They have a charge sheet. They want me to come with them."

"It’s almost midnight," she said, standing behind me. "Can’t it wait until morning?" She should have demanded the circumstances. It was a mistake; but then, I knew she was as upset about all this as I was.

"You might also want to come with us, Lieutenant Scully," Matthews said, glancing at Alexa. "The chief is waiting in his office with several people. I think you both need to hear what he has to say."

So that’s what we did. Alexa got dressed. I was in the bedroom with her for a minute to get my nylon windbreaker out of the closet. I looked over and saw that she was putting on her sixth-floor attire—dark pantsuit, blouse, gun and badge.

"So it begins," she said, her voice lifeless.


I went into the bathroom to run a razor over my chin. A consideration to this late-night meeting with the chief. For a minute I saw my reflection in the mirror staring back. A familiar stranger with battered eyebrows scarred in countless forgotten brawls. The face of an unruly combatant. My brown eyes looked back at me startled by the sudden confusion I felt.

Five minutes later I was in Lieutenant Matthews’s car with the two IOs. One was named Stan. I didn’t catch the other guy’s name. Not much talk as we headed to Parker Center, with Alexa following us in her silver BMW a few car lengths behind. I had fallen from respected member of society and guardian of the public trust to detestable scum in the eyes of the three men riding in that maroon Crown Vic with me. In their eyes, I was a turncoat. A cop gone bad.

I thought I knew what to expect, but the truth was I had little idea of what lay before me, little understanding of the mess I had so willingly stepped into.

But that’s life. I guess if you could see all the dead ends and blind turns, it wouldn’t be as interesting. At least that’s what I kept telling myself.

The windshield wipers on the detective plain-wrap slapped at the rain as we rushed along the 10 Freeway in the dead of night, the tires singing in the rain cuts. No red light, no siren. Just a maroon Ford with four stone-faced cops. All of us in the diamond lane, heading toward the end of my career at breakneck speed.

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On the Grind (Shane Scully Series #8) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
LAPD Detective Shane Scully strikes a deal with the District Attorney¿s Office to avoid probable jail time for blackmailing movie actress Tiffany Roberts instead of reporting her efforts to hire a hit man to kill her sleazy spouse. Part of the settlement is he leaves the police department. Scully¿s wife, LAPD Chief of Detectives Alexa is livid with his misbehavior that brought another black eye to the departmentand kicks him to the curb when she learns he probably slept with Roberts.
The former cop obtains a rookie¿s position with the Haven Park police department known as the most corrupt in the state. His new blue brothers assign him the task to cripple the efforts of a reformist running for city mayor.
This is an engaging Scully police procedural that gives away the key twist way too early in the otherwise well written albeit over the top plot as that subtracts from the trademark angst of previous tales (see WHITE SISTER and THREE SHIRT DEAL). Still the exciting story line is fun to follow as a disgraced Scully loses his job and his spouse, and ends up working in what law enforcement officials overwhelmingly believe is the most corrupt department in California; anyone not on the take will not live for very long.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story is great as expected by SJC. My problem is with the e-book. There were at least 4 instances of missing pages through out this book. Very dissapointed in B&N!
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Plot was a bit predictable. Still love the characters & will continue to read this series.
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I always enjoyed the TV shows Cannell produced, so I picked up this book. It's my first fiction read in many years (going to school forever!). I enjoyed the short chapters and fast pace of the story. The language was rough in places, but overall I liked the book.
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Plot was thin and not as convoluted as normal. Characters somewhat transparent and predictable. It appeared that at the end Cannell tried to get to the point with some good last minute chases and desert challenges but seemed rushed. The previous Shane Scully material had a litle more meat on the bone and substance.
MartaCG More than 1 year ago
When I see a Shane Scully book, I buy it without reading the description, actually, when I see Cannell, I buy it. I am never disappointed. Cannell is a great story teller - from the first page to the last. Scully's character is one you love - his family, his boss, all of it! Read them all - all Cannell - you will not waste any time.
badgerpackdgd More than 1 year ago
When I read the excerpts on Cannell's website, I thought Shane was finally done. It really got my interest. It was good to learn fairly early in the book that it was an undercover assignment. As usual, Shane almost gets killed, but escapes. Cannell does a good job describing the area where the story takes place. It was another book where I hated to put it down, as there was always something that made you want to keep reading it.
Borg-Virgo08 More than 1 year ago
This book was insane!!! I loved every minute of this book. It was so exciting, had me on the edge of my seat. Mr. Cannell really out did his self with this latest edition to the Shane Scully Series.
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KenCady More than 1 year ago
Shane Scully goes underground to infiltrate a corrupt small town police department. As far as that goes, this is a pretty good book. The story is interesting, and the author does a good job of conveying the tension involved in such an undercover role. The bad cops are colorful characters, and many of the interactions well described. When the stuff hits the fan, I think the book starts to come apart at the seams. That trip to Mexico just didn't work well for me. Things happen that just don't make sense or defy credibility. Yet, in total, the book is a fun read, told in a way that conveys a comic cynicism. The author does need to learn that the LA City Attorney does not prosecute murder cases. His lack of that knowledge gets the book off to a bad start.
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Swerl More than 1 year ago
Shane is thrown off the LAPD and out of the house by his wife, Alexa after being accused of evidence tampering and adultery. His life is in shambles. The only employment he can find is in a small police department in the heart of the L.A. barrio, which is known for hiring rejects from other departments. After signing on, Shane discovers that not only is the department corrupt, but the entire city government, including the mayor, is "on the grind." The temptation is great because everyone is getting rich, so the question is, will Shane cash in on it, or will he rebel against it?

Each time I read a Shane Scully novel, I feel that Cannell has outdone himself. ON THE GRIND is no exception. It is full of suspense, emotion, surprises and twists, and I experienced the eventual feeling of loss when I finished it to face the long wait for the next go-around with Shane Scully and family.