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On The Grind by Stephen J. Cannell

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Shane's career is really in trouble this time

  • Jan 11, 2009
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Bang! Right off the bat, Shane is caught and charged with felony case-tampering and blackmail on an investigation into arms dealing by Harry Venture of Venture Studios in Hollywood. While Shane was investigating Venture, the FBI was investigating him also, and Shane's caught on video tape "swapping spit" all over town with Harry's starlet wife, Tiffany Roberts. Shane is forced to resign and give up his pension, but even worse Alexa kicks him out of the house for cheating on her.

With a bad record, the only place Shane can find work is with the tiny city of Haven Park, deep in the LA immigrant ghetto. Partnered with Sgt. Alonzo Bell, Shane is trained into the absolute corruptness of Haven Park. Which is what his goal was, for he's deep undercover, working with Haven Park's Chief Of Police Ricky Ross, once an LAPD officer and full time drunk. Ricky has history with Shane, and now recently sober, Ricky wants to take his job seriously and end the corruption in Haven Park. But to do this, he and Shane will have to get to the top of the ladder, Mayor Cecil Bratano. The Mayoral race is on, and popular new-comer, ex-prizefighter Rock Chacon, is running against Bratano. How far will Bratano go to keep his throne in Haven Park, and just what is his throne built upon? Shane digs for the truth despite the danger he finds himself in.

'On The Grind' is the 8th novel in Stephen J. Cannell's "Shane Scully" detective series. Once again, Cannell has written in first-person from Shane's POV, a major mistake in this particular novel. I've often wished Cannell would return to third-person so that we can see and hear more of Alexa's mind (like we used to), but this time Cannell's first person has come out extraordinarily flat - emotionless and monotonous. In the last book, 'Three Shirt Deal', Shane and Alexa has marital issues that were too neatly and quickly wrapped up, and there's no residual of their problems in this book - making their relationship even more unrealistic.

While still a fast-paced thriller, 'On The Grind' extends Scully too far out into the implausible. He's beaten too hard, stretched too thin, and put into unbelievable situations that are just too far into space to accept. The ending is far-fetched and wrapped up too neatly, like an after-thought rather than a conclusion. This particular Scully installment has the feel of being written in a single weekend with a Monday deadline. If you're a fan of the series and have read every installment like I have, you'll definitely want to read this book, but get ready for a bit of a letdown. Sorry Scully fans. Enjoy anyway!
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review by . August 28, 2009
On the Grind, the eighth installment in the Shane Scully crime thriller series by Stephen J. Cannell is packed with suspense, intrigue and plenty of action from cover to cover.  Cannell is an Emmy-Award winning writer and the creator of over 40 television series including The Rockford Files, 21 Jump Street, The A-Team, Silk Stalkings, Hardcastle and McCormick, Hunter, The Greatest American Hero and The Commish.  The Shane Scully Crime Series began in 2001 and has produced such novels as …
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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 ...

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ISBN-10: 0312366280
ISBN-13: 978-0312366285
Date Published: January 6, 2009)
Format: Hardcover: 320 pages, Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches

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