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(Shane Scully #11)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,078 ratings  ·  133 reviews
""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 de
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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Nov 06, 2011 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
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
LAPD detectives Shane Scully and his partner Hitch are called to a neighborhood with lots of gang activity where the dead body belongs to Lita Mendez. She hated the police, filing hundreds of complaints against them, and they felt the same way about her. Outside the house, even before the detectives get there, a TV crew led by Nix Nash is filming. Nix is an ex-law enforcement officer, then lawyer, then prison inmate and now reality TV show host who loves to attack police and show how foolish the ...more
Nov 19, 2011 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
Amber Foxx
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the fast pace, the working friendships, the portrait of a marriage that thrives despite the police careers of both partners—or maybe even because of the shared stresses and the way they understand each other. The in-depth details of police work were fascinating, and the story engaged with the issue of conflicted police-community relations without taking sides or preaching. It’s part of the realistic setting. I loved the way Hitchens and Scully cracked the case through attention to subt ...more
Nov 19, 2011 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
Apr 05, 2011 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 01, 2011 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
Jan 07, 2012 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
Kelly Knapp
Jan 12, 2012 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
Steven Cole
Nov 06, 2011 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 06, 2011 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
Dec 12, 2011 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
Nov 17, 2014 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
Nov 08, 2011 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
Dec 12, 2011 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 13, 2011 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. Cannel ...more
Mar 22, 2012 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
Joe Young
Dec 14, 2011 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
May 04, 2012 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.
Denise Hlavka
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Found in my LFL. Funny that as I read this book, I thought it seemed a bit like a screenplay type action. Then I realized that Stephen Cannell is the creator of Rockford Files, the Commish, 21 Jump Street etc.
It was a good plot involving two police cases that a reality TV show, aptly called Vigilante, is also working on, trying to solve before the police solve them. No spoilers...but if you’re looking for an engaging, fast paced police yarn, this would fit the bill.
Roger Scherping
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. Scully and Hitch are an interesting set of characters, and the plot was very imaginative. I also liked the inside look at police work and terminology. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. I expected that the last witness would be a character from the book, and I thought the arrest of Lester was too predictable, based on how well crafted the rest of the book was. I also wasn't clear how they got a conviction on Nix without Batiste.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
The last Scully novel that I know of and that's fine with me. Stephen Cannell is too focused on women's looks for me and I've long felt that he's living vicariously through this character. I find Scully irritating.
Michelle English
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I listened to this book on tape. It was a very good book and I am so happy that I listened to it. I had not ready his other books so you can read them out of order. Really good story, Kept you going.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cannell-stephen
Sadly, the conclusion of the Shane Scully series. I gave the previous ten stories a three rating, I liked them, this one I gave a four, as it seemed on of the better, but just as much for the entire series. Enjoyable police detective series.
Elisa Archer
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing police procedural written by a master. It's a shame this is the last book by the great Stephen J. Cannell. He contributed so much to the genre (both in books and TV). He and his characters will be missed.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to the audio version. The narrator's voice made it good & believable. ...more
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book; love the main character. Interesting story and I was figuring it out along with the detectives. Was a interesting fast read.
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pretty good for a free book found in the Park. Funny in parts. Too bad it was the last in the series. Didn't realize till we were almost done. Too late to start again!
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book great rapport between the characters
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nls-audio
I have thoroughly enjoyed and loved every book in this series, and if you enjoy your detectives a bit hard-bitten and a bit nonconformist, I recommend Shane Scully.

As this book opens, Shane and his dapper partner get a call from a detective in another part of the city. They are urged to come quickly to a dilapidated house in the center of gang territory. When they arrive, inside they find the body of Lita Mendez, a woman nearly every cop fantasizes about killing. She is an anti-police activist w
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Stephen J. Cannell was an American television producer, writer, novelist, and occasional actor, and the founder of Cannell Entertainment (formerly Stephen J. Cannell Productions) and the Cannell Studios.

Cannell created or co-created several successful TV series from the 1970s to the 1990s. Creations included The Rockford Files, The A-Team, The Greatest American Hero, 21 Jump Street, and The Commis

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