Three Shirt Deal by Stephen J. Cannell
A Shane Scully Novel (Shane Scully Series)

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Following the success of his bestselling novel White Sister, Stephen J. Cannell’s latest blockbuster has Detective Shane Scully fighting to save a man railroaded for murder, while his wife, Alexa, has become a total stranger to him


A small-time crook is doing life in California’s notoriously brutal Corcoran State Prison for the murder of his mother. He admitted to the crime, but now he claims his confession was coerced by the cops. A beautiful Internal Affairs detective, Secada “Scout” Llevar, asks Shane 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 the prisoner 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 latest heart-pounding thriller, Shane is tried in ways he has never been, risking his family, his job, and his life.


About Stephen J. Cannell

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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.
Published January 15, 2008 by St. Martin's Press. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Cannell, creator of TV’s Rockford Files and A-Team , fails to translate his considerable narrative gifts into print in this seventh Shane Scully police thriller (after 2006’s White Sister ).

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As Cannell piles on the pressure, widening the rift between the Scullys and adding threats, torture and narrow escapes to the crime story, Brick keeps pace, injecting elements of frustration, shock, anger and surprising tenderness.

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As Llevar tries to convince Scully to investigate, she chides his reluctance: “I thought you were supposed to be a White Knight…a walk-alone who wants to get it right and doesn’t sweat the fallout.” Scully replies, “That’s the Disney movie.

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