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Vigilante (Shane Scully #11)

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In the last novel by acclaimed producer and New York Times bestselling author Stephen J. Cannell, LAPD detective Shane Scully and his partner Sumner Hitchens investigate a crime with ties to the sometimes violent world of reality TV

Lita Mendez was a thorn in the LAPD's side. An aggressive police critic and gang activist,she’d filed countless complaints against the departm
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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I am a winner for a first reads! I wanted to win this for 2 reasons:

1. I love mysteries
2. I have read almost all of J.Kellerman, J.A. Jance, and Robert B. Parker as well as Nevada Barr, Dana Stabenow and Sue Grafton and I was looking for a new mystery series writer with characters that are flawed but likable! This was it!

This was my first read of a Cannell and I was not disappointed. In fact, I read it in 2 days because I found it hard to put down. (even now it is late, but I won't sleep until I
Susan Segal
Vigilante is the 11th novel in the Shane Scully series by Stephen J. Cannell, acclaimed and prolific TV and novel writer, who is recently deceased. I was notified by Goodreads that I had won an advance copy of this novel. But when I saw that it was #11 in the series, I quickly downloaded #1, The Tin Collectors (2001) to my Kindle so I could have a little insight into the main character. However, after finishing Vigilante, I don't feel that I missed anything at all by not having read most of the ...more
What would you do if someone destroyed your career and life. Well this is what the book is about. You have a host of a TV show that purposely destroys the lives of policemen in various cities for some unknown reason that doesn't become clear until about the middle of the book. Now the TV host is an ex-policemen and lawyer. He got kicked off the force and his license was taken away so he turns to in his own mind fighting crimes. Not your every day crimes but the high profile ones. In the process ...more
Steven Cole
Full Disclosure: I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of Vigilante as part of the Goodreads First-Reads program, where readers get books for free in the hope that reviews get written for the various social media outlets.

I don’t generally choose police procedurals when I select the novels I read, so I don’t have an extensive background in the genre. This one got picked up because I got it free (often a deciding factor)...

It’s called “A Shane Scully Novel” and is apparently 11th in the series.
Stephen J. Cannell, the novel and TV writer who died a year ago, leaves his readers panting for breath with “Vigilante,’’ a signature final thriller in his Shane Scully series. One expects Scully to any minute emerge from a downtown Los Angeles alleyway and run smack into Joseph Wambaugh’s Hollywood Nate or Ed McBain’s Steve Carella.

The novel opens with Scully, a detective in an elite investigations unit, watching a rug-wrapped bum urinate against the side of a landmark downtown building that is
This was really good; fast-paced, well-written, and it has one of the most marvelously unlikable characters I have ever encountered. On the negative side the book was a little thin on supporting characters and the ending felt almost too neat to be satisfying. On the other hand, both of those problems contributed to an incredible flow. All too often books in this genre tend to lag a bit in the middle but that wasn't the case here. All of the parts of the formula are where they belong, but, in my ...more
Susan Segal
Vigilante is the 11th novel in the Shane Scully series by Stephen J. Cannell, acclaimed and prolific TV and novel writer, who is recently deceased. I was notified by Goodreads that I had won an advance copy of this novel. But when I saw that it was #11 in the series, I quickly downloaded #1, The Tin Collectors (2001) to my Kindle so I could have a little insight into the main character. However, after finishing Vigilante, I don't feel that I missed anything at all by not having read most of the ...more
Kelly Knapp
Jan 12, 2012 Kelly Knapp rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young adult 16 and up
Recommended to Kelly by: Goodreads First reads
Vigilante by Stephen J. Cannell
First, I wish to convey that I felt a great honor to have been chosen to read and review, Stephen J. Cannell’s final book; and it did not disappoint.
I have read only one other Cannell book, At First Sight: A Novel of Obsession. It was witty and delightful.
The same cannot be said for Vigilante. Cannell has mixed a TV reality show, which competes with police departments to solve murders that have become embarrassments within their communities, with a dead activist, a
I was fortunate to receive an early review copy of Stephen Cannell’s Vigilante, a Shane Scully novel. This was my first time reading Cannell and even though it’s the 11th Shane Scully novel, I had no problem jumping into the story.

Shane Scully and his partner, Sumner Hitchens, get handed a hot case. The murder of Lita Mendez, a gang activist with a long history of filing complaints and making enemies in the police department. To make it hotter, Nixon Nash, host of the show, Vigilante, shows up a
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 4.0
*Genre* Murder, Mystery, Thriller, Last book of series, Shane Scully


Vigilante (Shane Scully #11) is the final novel in the Shane Scully series after writer, and TV producer Stephen J. Cannell passed away in September 2010. Unless another writer gets the families permission to continue this story, this is good-bye.

Quote of the book - "Sometimes this job really kicks ass," Hitch after he and Scully solve a cold case murder that everyone thought was dead and buried by incompeten
I had not read from this author before and I was just thrilled to find a new, good writer.

Shane Scully is a fictional Detective III in the LAPD. Alexa and Scully live with Chooch Scully, who is Shane Scully's son.Shane Scully seems to be a tough cop who can bend the rules in order to get things done. Detective Scully and his partner Hitchens have a tough case ahead and they fear the worst: that there's a killer in blue, walking among the police ranks. Because the dead person is a woman who was n
The book starts out kind of slow, gradually introducing us to the situation. The main concept of police vs. a TV show in fighting crime is very interesting. There is constant suspense and anxiety as to who will be the winner. Then near the middle and end, the story really gets exciting and full of action and unexpected events. I did not want to stop reading. While the protagonist, Shane Scully, seemed too impulsive and annoyed me at times, this quality made him seem real and led to many turning ...more
I signed up for this book not because of the title or the cover graphics but simply because of the author. I have never read anything by him before, I have never even heard of him, but once I read the author bio I had to see what this guy was about. Come on, who doesn't like the A-Team, (not that stupid movie they recently made but the original television series) the Rockford Files were great and need I say anything more about 21 Jump Street. Cannell is a television hero and I had to see what hi ...more
Dec 28, 2011 Jenny rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own, arc
This is only the second Stephen Cannell book that I have read. The face that I have not read the previous novels did not affect my understanding in this book. The book was entertaining and frustrating at the same time. I had no idea who was the murderer or how all the pieces would fit together. I was frustrated because I was so mad at the media guy for twisting cases to make police officers look bad. I loved how Scully & Hitch balanced each other out and worked their way through the case. Ca ...more
Stephen Cannell gets five stars but not for this book (I'd rate it a 3). The man gave many of us a huge amount of pleasure during his life. We have his books but we also have the memory of over 40 TV shows he wrote and created. My favorite--The Rockford Files. 21 Jump Street, The A-Team, Hunter, The Commish and many others weren't exactly my thing but obviously and deservedly people loved them. His place in crime fiction was solidified for me when he became a regular at Castle's poker table. Let ...more
Joe Young
Just remember, this is the guy responsible for the Rockford Files. Characters are memorable, dialogue is intense and the action just keeps rolling. The plot is guaranteed to keep you personally involved until you reach the end (whether you have time for sleep or not). Several parallel plots add to the story line but, don't detract from anything and finally merge near the end. It is hard to read this tale and recognize that the well has run dry and we'll have to find an alternative for all the en ...more
This was the final Shane Scully book in a fine series before the authors death. In this one LA detective Scully is investing the homicide of a huge critic of the LAPD and is being followed by the host of a TV show that is down on the LAPD. Every move he makes is caught on film. Really good story. I give it 4 stars.
Michael Sova
Stephen J. Cannell created, co-created, wrote for, or otherwise participated in a slew of hit television series including Ironside, Colombo, Adam-12, The Rockford Files, City of Angels, The Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, Booker, Riptide, Renegade, Silk Stockings, 21 Jump Street and a couple dozen others. Remember the old logos that showed the guy sitting at his typewriter? He'd tear out the sheet of paper, toss it into the air, and it would flutter down and land on a stack of other papers, ...more
Joe Nowak
It doesn't take long for the reader to figure out who the bad guy is in this book. What is difficult is figuring out how the bad guy gets the crime done without any suspicion falling back on himself.

The story deals with a self-styled tv vigilante who purports to solve crimes that cannot be solved by the police. In doing so he usually causes police officers involved in the case to wind up with serious career-ending results. That is until he runs afoul of Shane Scully.

A good read with a plausible
I was so sorry when I learnt that Cannell passed away, not only because of his gtreat cameos on CASTLE, but because he has created such a sensational character in Shane Scully. I have seen the ups and downs with both men and have even used Scott Brick (audio book narrator)'s voice to personify Scully and his sarcastic nature. He will be missed a great deal. More on that in a moment.

In VIGILANTE, Scully and his partner face the ever-growing world of reality television. They come up against a tv h
Over the years I have read several of the Shane Scully books written by Stephen J. Cannell and for the most part found them an enjoyable way to pass an evening. Cannell's latest and final Scully book, VIGILANTE, is no exception. Cannell, like his creations, was the ultimate example of taking life's lemons and making lemonade. He managed to write not only the successful Scully/Hitchens books but was also the creator and writer of some of my favorite TV shows ranging from The Rockford Files to The ...more
Today is a sad day. I just finished the last Shane Scully novel.

Shane and his partner, Sumner Hitchens, catch the murder of Lita Mendez, a woman who has been a thorn in the side of the LAPD for years. They no sooner arrive at the scene than they are approached by crusading TV journalist Nix Nash, who lives to expose incompetent police investigations by solving crimes before the cops do. Does Nash really want to help solve Lita’s murder, as he claims, or has he set his sights on Scully and Hitche
Fast paced police never slows down! - Detective Shane Scully is out to protect his fellow officers against a successful "Vigilante" reality show host. The host is a disgraced ex-cop named Nash Nix. Nix recently brought down the Atlanta PD over a botched murder case. Now he is out to get the LAPD when a cop hating gang member is murdered and a member of the LAPD may be guilty of the crime. Scully along with his screenplay selling partner, Hitchens, will make Nix's efforts very dif ...more
Stephen Canell’s Vigilante is a fast-paced thriller that combines all the best elements of a mystery - good dialogue, clever humor, captivating storyline, and believable police characters. In addition, Cannell used his extensive personal experience as a TV writer and producer ( 21 Jump Street, Rockford Files, Wise Guy, The Commish ) to set his story in Los Angeles and on the set of a true crime television reality show. The hero, Shane Scully, partners with Hitch Hitchens, surely a character out ...more
The final Shane Scully novel, Vigilante, happens to be my introduction to the late Stephen J. Cannell's books. The plot is quite intriguing. A well-known gang activist is murdered in Los Angeles. The LAPD detectives assigned to her case know that not only will it be high profile, it could also spell the end of their careers if not handled correctly. Enter NIxon Nash, the charismatic host of a reality TV show called "Vigilante TV." Nash, who had hired the dead activist as a consultant, is well kn ...more
I'll have to recheck but I believe this is my fourth ride with Shane Scully and author Cannell. Odd how the math of an Eh author and a Meh audiobook narrator (Scott Brick) would combine to create a pretty fun and great story.

My experience w the Scully series has been mediocre at best. I partly blame myself. Because Detective Scully spends so much time in Hollywood and Los Angeles I keep expecting a Harry Bosch-esque novel to surface. Not fair to this author since Michael Connelly is the genius
Definitely love Cannell's book. it is a shame he is no longer with us.

This was a good, gritty novel about a murder and a ruthless reporter that seems to pursue these kinds of cases. as out hero digs into the case, he discover a spooky tie between the victim and this reporter...and it turns into an exciting ending...and NO, I'm not spoiling it! LOL Pick up the book!
I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program on Goodreads.

This was a well-written and fast-paced book, a bit lacking on supporting characters and with an ending that seems a bit too tidy, but otherwise a good read.

Harry Roger Williams III
Not intellectual fare, but wonderful fun and distraction and a great way to recontextualize whatever you're dealing with lately. "You think you have problems?" Cannell's recurring hero Shane Scully is up against an evildoer you can picture easily enough in your mind, a lurid "Reality TV star" whose mission in life seems to make life miserable for police. One measure of a well written story is the solutions you think you have drawn as you move toward the conclusion, telling yourself how good it w ...more
Joe O'c
Very Good; Continuing character: Shane Scully; after a woman who constantly accused police of misbehavior is killed, a national TV shows up trying to exploit the situation at the expense of Scully and the LA police force
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 1994.

An Emmy award-winning writer/producer and Chairman of Cannell Studios, Cannell overcame severe dyslexia to become one of television's most prolific writers. In a highly successful career that spans three decades, he created or co-created more than 40 shows, of which he has scripted more than 450 episodes and produced or execu
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