On the Grind: A Shane Scully Novel

Stephen J. Cannell, Author . St. Martin's $25.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-312-36628-5

In bestseller Cannell's implausible ninth Shane Scully crime thriller (after Three Shirt Deal ), Scully is unceremoniously dismissed from the LAPD after striking a plea bargain to avoid prosecution for blackmailing a movie actress, Tiffany Roberts, who was seeking a hit man to off her unsavory husband. Outraged at reports that Scully slept with Roberts, Scully's wife, who's chief of detectives, throws him out. Eventually, the ex-cop lands an entry-level job in Haven Park, a city known for “the most corrupt police department in California.” Early on, a plot twist casts Scully's disgrace in a new light, but it might have packed more of a punch had it not been so telegraphed. The stakes rise after the detective's new colleagues on the Haven Park police force recruit him to hobble the political aspirations of a reform candidate for mayor. Unfortunately, this effort lacks the humor and realism that marked the author's acclaimed TV creations, such as The Rockford Files and Wiseguy . Author tour. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 10/20/2008
Release date: 01/01/2009
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