Runaway Heart: A Novel

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As an Emmy Award winning writer, Stephen Cannell has created over 40 TV series, including The A-Team, The Greatest American Hero, and 21 Jump Street. He is also a New York Times Bestselling author. In Runaway Heart, Cannell combines cutting edge biotechnology and action-packed suspense in a new and stunningly original thriller set on the outer fringes of medical science . . .

What would modern war be like if the front-line foot soldiers were not our sons and daughters, but genetically engineered animals with superhuman strength and speed, and just enough intelligence to understand commands and follow them blindly?

This is exactly the weapon being developed at a base in the desert by a top-secret government agency.

Attorney Herman Strockmire, a rumpled man with a very big but defective heart, champion of lost legal causes and the infuriating nemesis of giant corporate polluters, becomes involved when one of his employees is literally torn limb from limb by one of the experimental prototypes.

At great personal risk, Herman , his beautiful daughter and law partner, Susan, and ex-LAPD detective, Jack Wirta, ignore all threats and plunge headlong into harm's way, finding themselves involved in a nightmare beyond anyone's wildest imagination...

This science exists today. The future is now.

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Praise for Hollywood Tough:
"Cannell, creator of such TV shows as The A-Team, clearly knows the ins and outs of the entertainment industry, and the detective story, with its wry, subtle humor, doubles as Hollywood satire. Most of the cops-and-robbers sequences hit the mark as well, and the well-drawn characters and keen observations on the similarities between Hollywood and the mafia make this a winner." -Publishers Weekly

"Scully has ample opportunity to prove how "Hollywood tough" he is . . . veteran writer/TV producer Cannell has concocted his special brand of reader candy." -Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Viking Funeral:
"Stephen J. Cannell's The Viking Funeral is the sort of fast and furious read you might expect from one of television's most successful and innovative writer-producers."
-Los Angeles Times

"Solid plotting with nail-biting suspense and multiple surprises keep the reader guessing and sweating right up to the cinematic ending . . . Cannell has a knack for characterization and a bent for drama that will satisfy even the most jaded thrill lover." -Publishers Weekly

"Stephen Cannell is . . . an accomplished novelist. . . . Is a Viking Funeral screenplay in the works? If so, don't be surprised to see Cannell's name on it."
-New York Daily News

Praise for The Tin Collectors:
"I've been a Stephen Cannell fan since his remarkable King Con, and he keeps getting better. The Tin Collectors is an LAPD story that possesses both heart and soul, a fresh and different look at the men and women who, even more than the NYPD, are the most media covered police force in the world. Stephen Cannell has the screenwriter's fine ear for dialogue and great sense of timing and pacing as well as the novelist's gift of substance and subtlety. Cannell likes to write, and it shows." - Nelson DeMille

i0"If you like cop novels, you're going to love this one. Cannell is a pro at the top of his game." - Stephen Coonts

About the Author:

In his thirty-five-year-career, Emmy Award-winning writer STEPHEN J. CANNELL created more than forty TV series. Among his hits were The Rockford Files, Silk Stalkings, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, Hunter, Renegade, Wiseguy, and The Commish. St. Martin’s Press is proud to have been his publisher for nearly a decade.

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