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The Tin Collectors by Stephen J. Cannell
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Mar 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery-thrillers
Read from March 12 to 17, 2012

I first became aware of Stephen Cannell almost fifteen years ago, when Silk Stalkings was after-school viewing for me on USA - totally-inappropriate after-school viewing for a nine-year old, but hey, by today's standards? Totally tame - and that appreciation for the show, which has remained a guilty pleasure for its display of the height of 90's fashions (bright colors, big shoulder pads, and bigger hair!) and the delightful rapport between its first two stars, led me to his novels. As someone who prefers to start author-relationships with series instead of standalones where possible, I picked up the first in his series featuring LAPD Sgt. Shane Scully. From the second I started it, the vitality visible in the writing hooked me, and I really enjoyed the use of dialogue (all realistic), the sense that Cannell had really done his homework on the world of the LAPD (though writing for numerous cop-shows probably helped, too!), and the characters. There were twists and turns I never saw coming - maybe I should have, but unlike a lot of the mystery/cop-novels I've been reading lately, I found that I was too engaged in what was happening on each page to try to think ahead, to solve the case before Scully did. Before I even finished The Tin Collectors, I stopped at the library and grabbed The Viking Funeral, the second in the series, and I'm definitely looking forward to continuing along with Cannell and Scully as the series progresses; the only downside is that I know it'll eventually come to an end, due to the sad, too-soon passing of Cannell two years ago. But a great, engaging, intelligent read that's as much a character study as it is a cop-novel.
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