The Prostitutes' Ball

The Prostitutes' Ball

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The Prostitutes' Ball by Stephen J. Cannell, Scott Brick

Detective Shane Scully responds to a call in the Hollywood hills at a once-immaculate mansion, the scene of an infamous murder twenty-five years prior. He discovers the remnants of a lavish pool party. The revelers have fled, leaving three dead bodies in their wake, all shot with the same gun. One is an acclaimed film producer. The other two, a pair of gorgeous women.

With his new partner, Sumner "Hitch" Hitchens, Scully begins to investigate what looks to be an open-and-shut case: The women were hired prostitutes, and there's security video of an angry husband firing on all three. A simple case of brutal revenge. But nothing is ever as simple as it seems: There's a single spent bullet casing that doesn't match the rest.

From that single bullet emerges a story of love, murder, suicide, and one of the biggest financial frauds in L.A. history. Someone has gone to great lengths to cover up a decades-old crime, and as Scully and Hitch get closer to the answer, they find themselves in a killer's crosshairs.

Stephen J. Cannell's The Prostitute's Ball is "Fast, funny and delightfully twisty" (Kirkus Reviews)--a thrilling crime story that could only happen in L.A.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469245515
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Series: Shane Scully Series , #10
Edition description: Abridged
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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.


Pasadena, California

Date of Birth:

February 5, 1941

Place of Birth:

Los Angeles, California


B.S., University of Oregon

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The Prostitutes' Ball (Shane Scully Series #10) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 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.
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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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