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After heavy-handed FBI agents throw him off the Fingertip Killer case, Scully teams up with his wife and boss, Alexa, and a pair of tough cops from the LAPD's anti-terrorism squad. Outside the law and deep undercover, they fight to see justice done for the slain officer, and, possibly, to unravel a murderous plot with connections high up in the Homeland Security office.
"Cannell's writing keeps improving, too; fans of the Scully series will note both an added depth and a new stylistic panache in this installment. With every book, Cannell moves closer to joining crime fiction's A-Team." (Booklist)
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By Jeff on 09-01-05
Cold Hit is a HIT
This was my first Stephen J. Cannell novel. While the audiobook I listened to before this (THE PIECES OF THE PUZZLE by Robert Stanek) has better pacing and more action, I really liked the murder/mystery aspect of Cold Hit. Before getting into the review, I really wish Audible would have listed this book as COLD HIT (A SHANE SCULLY NOVEL). This would have given me a clue the novel was part of a larger series and equally as important, probably not the best first book to start with.
Cannell and Stanek hit on two timely topics. For Cannell, it's the Homeland Security Act and the Department of Homeland Security. For Stanek, it's world financial markets and turmoil/unrest. In both novels you have a rogue cop/agent acting without oversight and outside the normal bounds of their authority. Both are entirely believable as well, and will have you wondering if the story is fact or faction.
Detective Shane Scully is the main character in Cold Hit. Shane and his partner are investigating "the Fingertip Killer," a serial murderer preying on homeless Vietnam vets in Los Angeles. That's where it all begins at least. The previous one is called Vertical Coffin, which is a SWAT reference to a doorway. Good all around.
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