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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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Feb 03, 2012 Shelley rated it really liked it
*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
Dec 13, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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
Steven Cole
Feb 05, 2012 Steven Cole rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 15, 2011 Mario rated it really liked it
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
Nov 21, 2011 Liz rated it really liked it
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
Nov 28, 2011 Jody rated it really liked it
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
Nov 23, 2011 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Nov 19, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 19, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it
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
Dec 27, 2011 Tad rated it really liked it
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
Dec 12, 2011 A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2011 Silverana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Dec 28, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it
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
Joe Young
Dec 14, 2011 Joe Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 07, 2012 Hallie rated it really liked it
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
Jan 07, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it
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Kelly Knapp
Jan 12, 2012 Kelly Knapp rated it it was amazing
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
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
Don Sparrow
Mar 19, 2012 Don Sparrow rated it liked it
This 11th & final episode in the Shane Scully series did not disappoint. Shane had to deal with (heaven forbid) reality TV crime solving! An excellent suspense filled mystery as we have to expect from the late Stephen J. Cannell. S.C. overcame dyslexia to become an Emmy award winning writer / producer of over 45 tv shows (Rockford Files, 21 Jump street, Wiseguy, The A team,) and many best selling crime novels will be sorley missed.Shane Scully fans will not want to miss this last segment. Ha ...more
Mar 22, 2012 judy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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
May 04, 2012 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Harry Roger Williams III
Dec 26, 2012 Harry Roger Williams III rated it really liked it
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
Feb 28, 2013 Wendy rated it liked it
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
Apr 06, 2013 Quillracer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 16, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
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
Michael Sova
Jan 10, 2014 Michael Sova rated it really liked it
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
Nov 27, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
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
Jun 09, 2015 Snidely rated it liked it
I enjoyed most of the other books in the Shane Scully series more than this one. When I finished this book, I wondered if the writing of the conclusion had been hurried or truncated because of Mr. Cannell's final illness and death. It seemed like the first half of the story was engrossing and interesting in his normal, skillful way. But by the time I finished the book, it realized that the first half of the story covered about 75% of the pages and the second half was left only the remaining 25 p ...more
Jul 19, 2016 Bob rated it liked it
Fast read.
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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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