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Stephen J. Cannell

Stephen J. Cannell Photo: Chuck Bowan

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

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  • Stephen Cannell on his book, On the Grind

    Emmy Award-winning writer Stephen Cannell (The A-Team) discusses his thriller, On the Grind.

  • The Evolution of Shane Scully (Part 1) by Mystery Writer Stephen

    Mystery Novel Author Stephen J. Cannell discusses the evolution of Shane Scully and his wife Alexa, and how the they came together.

  • The Evolution of Shane Scully (Part 2) by Mystery Writer Stephen

    Mystery Novel Author Stephen J. Cannell discusses the evolution of Shane Scully and his wife Alexa, and their adventures.

  • The Prostitutes' Ball: Mystery Novel by Stephen J. Cannell

    Stephen J. Cannell's new mystery novel, The Prostitutes' Ball, teams Shane Scully with a partner, whom he hates, to solve a triple murder.

  • Cold Hit by Stephen J. Cannell--audiobook excerpt

    Listen to this excerpt from the audiobook of Stephen J. Cannell's crime thriller novel Cold Hit. Cannell delivers non-stop action and intrigue in the latest installment of his New York Times bestselling Shane Scully series. Shane Scully and his partner are assigned to the case of "the Fingertip Killer"--a serial murderer preying on homeless veterans in Los Angeles. The latest killing, however, does not quite fit the pattern.

  • White Sister by Stephen J. Cannell--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Stephen J. Cannell's thriller novel White Sister, a Shane Scully novel. One night, Shane Scully's wife Alexa does not arrive home when planned. Then, in the middle of the night, Shane is called to a crime scene on Mulholland Drive: the African-American victim, who appears to be a Crip gangbanger, has been executed gangland style. Shockingly, the body is in Alexa's car and her gun is found nearby.

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Vigilante

Shane Scully Novels

Stephen J. Cannell

VigilanteStephen Cannell In the last novel by acclaimed producer and New York Times bestselling author Stephen J. Cannell,...

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Detective Shane Scully responds to a call in the Hollywood hills at a once-immaculate mansion, the scene of an infamous murder twenty-five years prior. He discovers the remnants of a lavish...

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The bestselling novelist and award-winning Hollywood producer weaves a high-tension novel of suspense around a chilling conspiracy of corruption within the LAPD, reminiscent of the classic movie...

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Driving along the freeway, Shane Scully glances over and sees Jody Dean, his oldest friend and LAPD colleague, at the wheel of an adjacent car. Why is Scully so surprised? Because it's been two...

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