By Stephen J. Cannell
Center Point Large Print, 2012
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - June 11, 2012This is an interesting crime novel with well-drawn characters, likable protagonists, properly disagreeable villains, and a somewhat different and suspenseful plot line. The hero, Shane Scully, who appeared in prior Cannell books, is a police detective whose wife is the chief of detectives. He is partnered with a millionaire who prefers police work to retirement. Shane and his partner handle the more complicated and sensitive murder cases in Los Angeles. They are assigned the case of the murder of a woman who had filed over 200 cases against the police, alleging corruption, a case that raises the question, was she killed by police officers who she was harassing? What complicates the case is that a former police officer turned TV star has decided to use this case to belittle the LA police and Shane personally. He is determined to show that Shane and the LA police are incompetent. He seems to know what the police are doing, which raises the question, is there an informer among the police? While the police have small resources, the ex-cop-TV-personality has hired former cops, ex FBI profilers, retired judges and others, including a former girlfriend of Shane, to help him solve the case. He is very manipulative and uses deception to mislead the police. Shane wanders if he has another agenda for his plot against the police besides raising his ratings.