Vigilante (Mass Market Paperbound)

By Stephen J. Cannell

St. Martin's Press, 9781250008084, 320pp.

Publication Date: September 25, 2012



Stephen Cannell
"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 department. So when she's found dead in her home, Detective Scully and his partner Hitchens fear the worst: that there's a killer in their ranks.

Outside the crime scene, Nixon Nash and his television crew have set up shop. Nash is the charismatic host of a hit reality show called "Vigilante TV," dedicated to beating the cops at their own game: solving murders before they can. Now he has the murder of Lita Mendez in his sights. He presents the detectives with a choice: either join his team, or prepare for a public takedown.

But Scully knows that Nash isn't the folk-hero he seems. He will do anything in the name of self-promotion. If a detective got in his way, would he be prepared to kill? In this new novel, Scully will have to risk everything save himself and the job he loves.

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.

Praise For Vigilante

Praise for Stephen J. Cannell



“Cannell’s sturdy just-the-facts style and intimate knowledge of L.A. police venues and procedures unflinchingly ring true in a culture that assumes even homicide ‘isn’t about justice; it’s about Nielsen ratings.’” —Publishers Weekly


“The late Cannell’s last Scully novel is a fitting ending to the series, reminding us why Cannell was a significant part of our entertainment culture on TV and in print for decades: he was a darn good storyteller. This well-plotted story shouldn’t be missed.” —RT Book Reviews



“Fast, funny, and delightfully twisty—the best Scully yet.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


“Cannell injects new life into his bestselling Shane Scully series…Hitch and Shane are a powerful combination.” —Publishers Weekly


“Perfectly fresh…[Scully is] a great character, and this is another fine novel in the series.” —Booklist




“Cover to cover, [On the Grind] never lets you up for air. Read it!”—Michael Connelly


“A hard-boiled cop and really scuzzy bad guys...Cannell is the gold in crime fiction.” —Stephen Coonts




“Cannell’s brand of thriller is served straight-up…and he knows how to cut to the chase.”

The New York Times


“The white-knuckle climax is one of the most exciting ever.”—




“A very satisfying thriller written by a born entertainer.”—New York Post


“A strong piece of fiction that leads readers…through the harrowing underbelly of L.A. ”—Daily News


“A terrific read.”—New York Sun