On the Grind: A Shane Scully Novel

by Stephen J Cannell | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9780312366285 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 2/22/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, February 22, 2009
On the heels of Three Shirt Deal, a New York Times bestseller, comes an electrifying new thriller from Stephen J. Cannell in which Lt. Shane Scully is accused of evidence tampering and his wife, Alexa, discovers Shane’s been having an affair with a beautiful movie star.

Charged with felony misconduct in a high-profile solicitation of murder case, Lieutenant Scully is faced with an impossible decision: either quietly resign from his job as a detective for the LAPD, the work he loves, or face criminal prosecution. Rather than smear the department’s reputation and his own, Scully chooses to leave. His colleagues of years feel betrayed to learn that a dirty cop has been in their midst. His wife, Alexa, the chief of detectives, leaves him, seeking a divorce for his dalliance with the accused in the case, a beautiful, well-known Hollywood actress. His son, Chooch, horrified by these events, won’t even speak to him. Life as Scully knows it is over. Or so it seems . . .

In order to make a living the only way he knows how, Shane seeks employment from a police department that has been known to hire rejects from other departments: the Haven Park PD. Haven Park is an incorporated city near downtown Los Angeles, just one square mile in size and populated almost entirely by Mexican immigrants, most of them illegal. The department is a hotbed of corruption, in effect the personal goon squad and collection agency of the town’s mayor, Cecil Bratano. Ushered into the department by his new partner, Alonzo Bell, Shane takes his lessons in policing from one of the dirtiest cops around.

But things in L.A. are hardly ever what they seem. Relentlessly harassed by an over-zealous FBI agent, the alluring Ophelia Love, and under the constant, violent, and hyper-paranoid scrutiny of his new comrades-at-arms, Shane finds himself in snare a far greater than any he could have expected. His estranged wife may be the only one who can get Shane out of this mess alive. The question is: Is she willing to do so?

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, February 22, 2009
Scully, a LAPD detective, has been charged with misconduct during a murder by solicitation case. He slept with a high profile actress seeking to kill her husband and then lost the evidence in the case. He has a choice of prosecution, creating bad press for the LAPD yet again or resignation. He choses to go quietly. His colleagues are stunned. His wife now wants a divorce and his son won't talk to him.

Scully then tries to find a police job in neighbouring cities only to be rejected as the word gets out of his misdemeanor. The only job left is with the Park Haven police department, near Los Angeles.

Scully quickly gets trained on how corrupt and crooked the Haven Park police are. They are the personal goon squad for the mayor and collect his bribes and protection money. Furthermore, they plan to kill off the man who is running in opposition to the mayor. A gang calls Haven Park home and the mayor welcomes them and drives out any other gangs trying to encroach on their territory.

Although parts of this book were predictable, lots weren't and that is what made this a great nail-biting police procedural mystery.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, April 02, 2009
mailed today to Giz who won this in a YBS swap

Journal Entry 4 by Giz-angel from Greenwich, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Thanks Acey :) another to add to my scary TBR but it looks great.

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