On the Grind: A Shane Scully Novel (Shane Scully Novels)

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Charged with felony misconduct in a high profile solicitation of murder case, Lt. 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 departments reputation and his own, Scully chooses to leave. Scully’s colleagues of years feel betrayed to learn that a dirty cop had been in their midst. His wife Alexa, the Chief of Detectives, leaves him, seeking out 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 LA, 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 LA 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 far greater than any he could have expected. His estranged wife Alexa may be the only one who can get Shane out of this mess alive. The question is: Is she willing to?

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LIFE AS HE KNOWS IT IS OVER...

Charged with felony misconduct in a high-profile solicitation of murder case, detective Shane Scully has to make a choice: resign from the LAPD or face criminal prosecution. To make matters worse, his wife Alexa, the chief of detectives, is seeking a divorce citing his alleged affair with the accused, a beautiful Hollywood actress. In desperation, Shane joins the only police force that will hire disgraced cops—a small, incorporated city called Haven Park, populated almost entirely by illegal Mexican immigrants.

AND THE REAL TROUBLE IS JUST BEGINNING.

The department is a hotbed of corruption, in effect the personal goon squad of Haven Park’s mayor, Cecil Bratano. And Shane's new partner, Alonzo Bell, is one of the dirtiest cops around. But by the time he realizes the whole department is "on the grind," it's too late. Shane is trapped in a vicious game of money, lies, and murder. His estranged wife may be the only one who can get him out of this mess alive. The question is: Is she willing to?

“Stephen J. Cannell is a first-rate storyteller.”—Janet Evanovich

“[Cannell] keeps you nailed to the page.” —Ted Bell

About the Author:

Stephen J. Cannell (1941-2010) was the author of the bestselling Shane Scully books, including The Prostitute’s Ball, The Pallbearers, and Three Shirt Deal. He was also an Emmy Award winning television writer and producer, and in his thirty-five-year-career, he created or co-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. He received numerous awards, including the Saturn Award - Life Career Award (2004), The Marlow Lifetime Achievement Award from Mystery Writers of America (2005), and the WGA Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement (2006). Having overcome severe dyslexia, Cannell was an avid spokesperson on the condition and an advocate for children and adults with learning disabilities.  He was a third-generation Californian and resided in the Pasadena area with his wife, Marcia, and their children.

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