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The Pallbearers (Shane Scully #9)

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From perennial New York Times bestseller Stephen J. Cannell comes The Pallbearers, a powerful novel in which Detective Shane Scully, who grew up as an orphan, must revisit his painful childhood to find out who murdered the kind and charismatic man who became a father to him

Pop is found dead, the victim of an apparent self-inflicted shotgun blast. He left a note naming six
Paperback, 388 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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William Bentrim
Aug 01, 2010 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-swap
The Pallbearers by Stephen J. Cannell

Shane Scully doesn’t believe that Pop Dixon committed suicide neither do the other pallbearers at his funeral. They form a “murder club” and seek answers to this mystery.

Cannell’s Scully is explained in this book. Shane is a reoccurring character that frequently flies off the grid and exhibits a lot of anger. I haven’t read too many of the books featuring him but in this one you find out the source of his anger. The colorful characters literally illuminate t
Gentleman Farmer
The Pallbearers by Stephen J. Cannell features his protagonist Shane Scully. I've read several Shane Scully novels. He's an L.A. homicide cop who grew up as an orphan and still tries to deal with some of his anger issues. The novels tend to be fast moving and have a bit of a mystery to them.

I'd recommend them for people waiting for the next Harry Bosch novel. Although if pressed, Id admit that I prefer Michael Connelly's writing style, the characters are fairly similar and the novels have a simi
First Sentence: In 1976 America was just coming out of a protracted depression called the Vietnam War, but back then I was still in the middle of mine.

Homicide Detective Shane Scully was abandoned as an infant and grew up in the system. The only person who ever tried to give him some sense of being cared for was Walter “Pop” Dix, executive director of Huntington House. When Shane is told Pop committed suicide and specifically asked that Shane be a pallbearer, it doesn’t make sense. Shane hadn’t
Aug 20, 2015 Thom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephen J Cannell is the dude who wrote for my favorite PI TV show, The Rockford Files. The California slang and colloquialisms never fail to delight me. This book had everything I loved about the Rockford Files and as soon as I finished it, I went back to the library to see what else they had by this author. Such a gifted writer. After reading a serious non-fiction book, The Pallbearers was like eating ice cream.
Joe O'c
Feb 12, 2014 Joe O'c rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent; Continuing character: Shane Scully; when the man who helped get Scully on the right path when he was bouncing between foster homes dies, he is one of six people who the man helped called to be a pallbearer; when it turns out the man was murdered, this mixed group takes on trying to solve the case
Feb 14, 2016 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shane Scully and a group of orphans who went to Huntington House in their youth are called upon to become pallbearers for the director who killed himself. As they each look back on their days and how he helped them become who they are today, they begin to question his death.
Pretty good. I am a fan of the Shane Scully series and really enjoyed this one as it had the usual elements (police procedures, Shane's unique take on things, action). But it did not have a common problem with other Shane Scully novels--a decent plot which in the third act becomes way too complicated.

Some may find parts of the novel slow, lots of personal introspection about his childhood, but overall a pretty good read.
May 14, 2014 Dennis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would give it an almost OK. Kind of like a book that was laying around and I needed one to read and did not have to many options. I usually like Cannell but this is way too heavy on the surfer lingo and the mix of violence and mushy just did work this time.
Oct 12, 2014 Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in the Shane Scully series. Scully has been asked to look into the death of a man who basically raised him when he was abandoned by his parents. He and five others from the group home were asked to be "Pop"'s pallbearers at his funeral. What follows is an investigation with a lot of questions, resistance, and other impediments that only Scully and his wife Alexa can tangle with. A good read for sure.
May 26, 2013 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While not a big fan of The Pallbearers, I am a big fan of Stephen J. Cannell as a writer and a person. I felt there wasn't enough happening in this one to hold my interest. But the part where Scully is trying to figure out whether a friend's suicide was suicide is worth a read. Without giving too much away, a friend of Scully's is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face. His head has been obliterated. How can you tell if it was a suicide? Good stuff. There are also some well written ...more
May 08, 2015 Diane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wouldn't bother reading anything further in this series. Predictable. Lack of character development. Generally unsatisfying. And, I like detective novels...nothing in comparison to Connelly's Bosch, for instance.
Mar 21, 2010 Jeffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans who like light engrossing cop/ detective novels
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2010
Forward momentum. Thats what you get in a Shane Scully novel. Scully grew up in an orphanage which was run by Walter Dix, a surfer. Many years later, Scully is surprised to hear that Dix has committed suicide and that Dix wanted Scully to serve as a Pallbearer for the casket. The five other Pallbearers, a lawyer, a CPA, an Army Ranger, the current director of the house and a bank robber, and Scully get together after the funeral and find that no one believes that Dix killed himself. So with Scul ...more
Dec 09, 2015 Rhod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New author for me. Very polished and weaves a good story. Feels so real and natural - I am definitely going to read more of this man's books. Sorry we lost him recently. Mr. Cannell was a true talent.
Jun 03, 2010 M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was an interesting book, not one I'd read before under a different title and slightly different storyline. It's a mystery surrounding the death of "Pop" Dix, the director of the orphanage where all the good guys were raised, but the mystery is surrounded by a lot of soul searching on the part of several of the protagonists. The book is written in first person and told from his point of view. I gave it only 2 stars because I listened to it on CD and got tired of the "poor me, I'm s ...more
Sharon Lensky
Scully mystery. Deftly shows that most people are a mixture of good and bad. Shame about Pop though.
Jul 02, 2015 Dehibberdwrites rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, owned
My first Stephen J. Cannell novel. A good read, nothing difficult about it. A little predictable at times.
This is a Shane Scully novel and I believe one of the last books Cannell wrote before he died. Scully is a LAPD homicide cop who was an orphan. This is an important detail that plays out over time in the previous novels. In this book, the manager of a group home, where Scully grew up, dies. At first it is ruled suicide, but as the story progresses, it looks suspicious. Scully and other members of the group home investigate. I haven't read a Scully novel for several years, as I had gotten tired o ...more
Shai Unfiltered
Jun 10, 2016 Shai Unfiltered rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never wanted to write fan fiction but Corporal Cotton deserves her own series.
Apr 19, 2010 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes action/adventure, police procedurals, LA.
Recommended to Richard by: I read or watch all Mr. Cannell's work.
Stephen J. Cannell strikes again. A little bit of Shane Scully's early life is revealed when he is asked to be a pallbearer for the man who raised him from the age of 6. This kind, gentle soul has just committed suicide...or did he?

It is a gripping tale written, although complicated, written with the movie script in mind. It is very easy to visualize. The action is non-stop, but believable with a dramatic ride to the rescue at the end. The scenes on an Indian Reservation are a different site, al
Lorraine Ward
Jun 16, 2015 Lorraine Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-ystery
A great book, intend to read a lot more of Cannell
Dec 30, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#9 in the Shane Scully series.

LAPD Sgt Shane Scully, who grew up as an orphan, must revisit his childhood to find out who murdered the kind and charismatic man who became a father to him. Pop is found dead, the victim of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun blast. Shane and his fellow pallbearers don't believe it was a suicide. That leaves murder. Together, the pallbearers embark in pursuit of justice for Pop.
David Tanz
Sep 13, 2014 David Tanz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of his shane scully
Jul 15, 2016 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the surf lingo brah.
Colby Coombs
Jul 01, 2016 Colby Coombs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, crime, ripping
Superb. Vintage Cannell!
Sharon Maerten-Moore
Sep 16, 2015 Sharon Maerten-Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
Riveting book that I couldn't wait to listen to, but the end was a bit disappointing.
Mar 22, 2010 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
After a disappointing installment last year, Cannell & Shane Scully are back on track with this novel. This time, Scully has a personal stake in the murder he's investigating, which makes for a much more compelling read. He also isn't put into any truly threatening situations that we know he'll get out of, and his wife Alexa has a little more to do this time around. (Not a lot, but baby steps.)

Hopefully, this will mark a return to form for this series, rather than a momentary recapturing of
Apr 15, 2012 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Used to work with Stephen J Cannell Productions on Greatest American Hero, Hardcastle & McCormick and others. Finally jumped into the Shane Scully series with book #9 but a great place to start! Action packed from start to finish. It's an easy read with cover to cover action. I found this book hard to put down and a lot of fun. Characters were well developed, clear and concise. The ending was all tied up neatly a bit too quickly and rather abruptly but otherwise the book was an entertaining ...more
Mar 21, 2010 Grey853 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Apr 22, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Shane Sculley novel and as always, I was drawn into the story immediately...Sculley raise in a youth home is asked to be a pallbearer for his father-figure who supposedly killed himself...none of the 6 invited pallbearers think its suicide and the murder mystery commences...we get a lot of Scully's backstory as the investigation can tell Cannell's background is series TV, because of quickly we get to the core of the story...always fun and one of his best!!!
Nov 21, 2010 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is not my usual genre, but I had been wanting to read one of Stephen Cannell's books for a long time
because I had such a high regard for him as a person. The Pallbearers has a very creative storyline, and Stephen Cannell, God rest his soul, was a gifted writer. I didn't really dig the reader, though -- Scott Brick, and I wouldn't want to listen to another of his audio books. Technically, he does a good job, I suppose, but the excessive drama got on my nerves.
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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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