On the Grind
A Shane Scully Novel
By Stephen J. Cannell
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312366285, 320pp.)
Publication Date: January 6, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
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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?
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.
Praise for Stephen J. Cannell
“Scully navigates the stormy waters with style and an implacable, tough-guy attitude”
“Written by a born entertainer.”
--New York Post on White Sister
“A terrific read.”
--New York Sun on White Sister
“Cannell dishes out the action in forklift-sized servings.”
--Publishers Weekly on White Sister
“Stephen J. Cannell is one of my favorite authors. Read Steve---you’ll be hooked!”
--Janet Evanovich, bestselling author of Fearless Fourteen
“Stephen J. Cannell is a master storyteller and On The Grind is the proof. Cover to cover it’s a story that never lets you up for air. Read it!”
--Michael Connelly, bestselling author of The Brass Verdict