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Truit Hickman is a small-time crook doing life in California's notoriously brutal Corcoran State Prison for the murder of his mother. He admitted to the crime, but now Hickman claims his confession was coerced by the cops. A beautiful Internal Affairs detective, Secada "Scout" Llevar, asks Shane Scully to help investigate, and he agrees after learning the original homicide detective was Brian Devine, a ruthless cop with whom Scully has a bad history. What begins as a routine review quickly turns into something much more deadly. The case is abruptly shut down by an LAPD deputy chief, and Shane begins to suspect that, for unknown reasons, Hickman really may have been framed by the police. But some things, once started, cannot be stopped, and the investigation spirals dangerously out of control, implicating a violent Hispanic gang, a millionaire power broker, and the front-runner in the Los Angeles mayoral race.
Meanwhile, Shane and Alexa struggle to save their marriage, which has come perilously close to disintegration since Alexa's near-fatal shooting in White Sister - just as Shane finds himself attracted to his new partner. Could the answer to their marital troubles be tied to the case he's investigating?
In Cannell's heart-pounding thriller, Shane is tried in ways he has never been, risking his family, his job, and his life.
©2008 Stephen J. Cannell (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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"Narrator Scott Brick brings his usual expert voice to this production." ( AudioFile)
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By Anne on 10-24-08

Plausibility problems

This was a barn-burner, as are all Cannell's novels, and I enjoyed the story. However, by about two thirds of the way through belief was stretched to the breaking point, and resolution was "Deus ex Machina" several times over - I actually wondered when it would end. Having read all of Cannell's previous novels and enjoyed them enormously, I expected better, and was disappointed in the lack of credibility in the plot of this novel.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

By Nina on 01-10-09

Good plot, but not well written

The title sums it up. This book goes around and on and on. I've listened to enough books (and read a good many:-) to know when something is well-written. Shame because underneath all the wordiness is an interesting story. Not the best reader either.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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