Search Results: "Stephen J. Cannell"


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THE PLAN by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1995

"Early touches of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell awaken hopes for a superior thriller—but TV scriptwriter Cannell (The Rockford Files, The Commish, etc.) trots out the same old song and dance."
First novel and political thriller about the Mafia setting up an unknown Rhode Island governor to nab the US presidency. Read full book review >

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VIGILANTE by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Well plotted and smartly paced. Scully goes out a winner."
In his valedictory case, LAPD Detective Shane Scully (The Prostitutes' Ball, 2010, etc.) finds real danger in the dubious world of reality TV. Read full book review >

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THE PROSTITUTES' BALL by Stephen J. Cannell
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Fast, funny and delightfully twisty—the best Scully yet."
In Shane Scully's tenth (The Pallbearers, 2010, etc.), the savvy LAPD cop encounters Hollywood glitz, a homicide blitz and almost nothing that is what it seems to be. Read full book review >

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WHITE SISTER by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

"Hip-hop, slam-bang, slap-dash."
More mindless action in the Shane Scully series (Vertical Coffin, 2004, etc.), with our hero adrift in the wild world of rap. Read full book review >

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ON THE GRIND by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"'The mop-up,' says our hero as crooks, creeps and assorted bottom feeders finally surrender to the forces of good, 'was right out of a Bruckheimer movie.' Or a phoned-in Cannell novel."
Could it be that one of the LAPD'S fairest-haired boys is actually a dirtbag? Say it ain't so, Shane (Three Shirt Deal, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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VERTICAL COFFIN by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Action's been a reliable staple in the Scully series, but here Cannell gets the people right, too. A likable, believable cast makes this the best yet by the Rockford man."
Internecine warfare between feebies and sheriff's guys with the LAPD as peacemakers—could you believe—in this rousing bang-banger. Read full book review >

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THE TIN COLLECTORS by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 13, 2001

"Lackluster plotting, paper-thin people, and slapdash prose."
A subpar thriller from veteran TV writer/producer Cannell (The Devil's Workshop, 1999, etc.) shows rogue cops conspiring against the one good apple in L.A.'s rotten barrel. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"He did much better work when he was writing The Rockford Files. (Author tour)"
A ho-hummer about hush-hush bio-weaponry in conspiratorial hands. Read full book review >

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RIDING THE SNAKE by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 7, 1998

"His fiction cries out for the same qualitites. (Author tour)"
She's a cop under a cloud; he's a country club wastrel. Read full book review >

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KING CON by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 4, 1997

"Cannell shows off his skill at Elmore Leonardstyle plot twists and slangy street dialogue, but his blend of cinematically detailed violence and pointless Hollywood fairy-tale scenes fails to convince. (Film rights to MGM; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; author tour)"
Breezy, novelized screenplay from TV screenwriter Cannell (Final Victim, 1996, etc.) almost makes crime cute. Read full book review >

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HOLLYWOOD TOUGH by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Once again, veteran writer/TV producer Cannell has concocted his special brand of reader candy. If you believe a word of it, there's this bridge you might be interested in."
Cop turns movie mogul to foil the Mafia, in a dopey but likable thriller by the man who made his bones with The Rockford Files. Read full book review >

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THE VIKING FUNERAL by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"In these further adventures of the hopelessly derivative Sergeant Scully, more is worse."
By-the-numbers thriller about a money-laundering scam spearheaded by a giant tobacco company. Not a surprise in the carload. Read full book review >