The Prostitutes' Ball: A Shane Scully Novel

The Prostitutes' Ball: A Shane Scully Novel

by Stephen J. Cannell

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ISBN-13: 9781429944953
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Series: Shane Scully Series , #10
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 119,465
File size: 577 KB

About the Author

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.


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.

Hometown:

Pasadena, California

Date of Birth:

February 5, 1941

Place of Birth:

Los Angeles, California

Education:

B.S., University of Oregon

Read an Excerpt


1

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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The Prostitutes' Ball (Shane Scully Series #10) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
crankyasianman More than 1 year ago
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 : (
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
MIJul More than 1 year ago
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.
readingaddict2 More than 1 year ago
Great reading for those that like suspense and Cannells' style.
megareader-nc More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought is started out a bit slow but speeded up to a really good old Hollywood mystery. I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
leegee More than 1 year ago
Excellent book by Cannell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an easy read, very entertaining. Great for a plane ride or at the besch.
ClodaughP on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This is a great last book in the Shane Scully series. It is written kind of like a movie, which is relevant to the story. Scully is forced to work with a new partner and isn¿t happy about it. Scully has a mild mid-life crisis, learns something new about his self, and has to come to terms with some age old issues.It is sad that we lost Stephen J. Cannell from the literary world, but this book ended in a good way to be the end of the series. I don¿t think the books would be as interesting is Shane became a millionaire, which seems to be a distinct possibility after the story ends..If you are a fan you will enjoy the book, but the book can stand alone.
jepeters333 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
It's a few days before Christmas when Detective Shane Scully and his wife, Alexa, respond to a call in the Hollywood Hills. The crime scene is the pristine backyard swimming pool of a once-immaculate mansion on Skyline Drive, the site of an infamous murder decades prior, in which a family was killed in cold blood on Christmas Eve. In the ensuing years the house has been shuttered and left exactly as it stood on that terrible night. Shane and Alexa arrive to discover the after-math of a lavish party. The revelers have fled, leaving 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. Hitch has a reputation in the department as a self-promoter; he sold the story rights to one of his cases to a film production company - and he has the millions to show for it. Scully and Hitch begin to investigate, and the case looks to be open-and-shut. 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 spent 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 LA history. It's a story fit for the screen - and Hitch is determined to get it there, no matter what it takes. 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. The case could be the makings of a blockbuster Hollywood film - but only if Scully gets out of it alive.
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DeanKoontz-Fan More than 1 year ago
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.
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Stephen J.Cannell, you should put more of your books in Nook format. This book I found very funny to read. By the way he also wrote for TV. in the 80's. He should write a new series for the paperback and nook readers ect. Look him on Barnes and Noble.
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