Vertical Coffin - Shane Scully, Bk 4 - Audio CD - Abridged Author:Stephen J. Cannell, Scott Brick (Narrator) A nightmarish series of events sweeps LAPD's Sergeant Shane Scully and his wife (and boss), Alexa, into the vortex of an enormous, jurisdictional firestorm. — First, a sheriff's deputy, a friend of Shane's, is gunned down while serving a routine search warrant. His fellow deputies blame the incident on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco a... more »nd Firearms, whom they angrily accuse of having failed to warn them that the suspect had a huge arsenal of illegal weapons in his house.
Soon thereafter, a member of the ATF Situation Response Team is shot to death, followed by the sniper murder of the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau. At the request of the Mayor, LAPD, as an uninvolved and unbiased agency, assigns Shane Scully to investigate.
He is given an impossible deadline to find a solution before these two elite and deadly SWAT Teams kill each other off amid a hurricane of horrible publicity. Shane pursues his investigation in a direction that neither his chief nor his wife agrees with, and succeeds in putting himself, his loved ones, and his career in terrible jeopardy before he finally discovers the shocking and deadly truth.
Cannell's books are mostly excellent and this is no exception. Shane Scully is one of his great characters and this story keeps you turning the pages to find out what's going to happen. I enjoy writers who develop their characters well -- showing their vulnerabilities as well as their strengths -- and Cannell really pulls it off with this book. I liked it so much that as I began reading the book I realized that I had already read it, and in fact have it in my library! But I read it anyway!!
This is the second Shane Scully mystery I've read by Stephen Cannell. I liked it just as much as I liked the first one, The Viking Funeral.
Shane's (LAPD) buddy Emo Rojas (also a cop) is killed in the beginning of the book and it is widely thought to have been a setup by ATF. Scully is tapped to investigate since ATF has submitted a bogus investigative report which no one at LAPD believes.
This appears to be a pissing match between Federal agents (ATF) and the local SWAT team (LASD). Kinda like: You killed out agent so we killed yours. The danger is escalating and more cops are dying. Scully needs to figure what the hell is going on and quickly before he too is caught in the crossfire.