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The Viking funeral
Cannell, Stephen J.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, [2002]

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388 pages ; 25
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X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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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 years since Jody committed suicide in the Rampart Division parking lot by blowing his brains out with a service revolver. Shane served as a pallbearer at the funeral.

What Scully will discover is that Jody and five other cops who are supposed to be dead are anything but; originally sent deep undercover to bust an extremely violent criminal network, they have become the LAPD's worst nightmare. Calling themselves the Vikings, they are rogue cops who know how the system works. In order to penetrate the group and set his cover, Scully is supposed to shoot his fiancée, Alexa. The setup goes awry and Shane finds himself looking down at his future wife's body. He is soon driven into the corridors of near-madness and into the bed of an extremely beautiful and utterly ruthless corporate seductress who threatens to destroy his soul.

Shane's desperate and deadly undercover journey takes him from the embrace of Alexa and his teenage son, Chooch, to the Caribbean island of Aruba--to the decadence of Columbia's opulent palaces and the desperation of its deadly streets. Sergeant Scully is driven to the psychological brink, his life in the hands of the most dangerous killer he's ever known-his closest childhood friend.

Author Notes

Stephen J. Cannell was born in Los Angeles, California on February 5, 1941. He was dyslexic and struggled through school. After graduating from the University of Oregon, he drove a truck for his father's home-decorating business and wrote TV scripts at night and on the weekends. His first writing successes were story ideas sold to Mission Impossible. Four years later, he sold a script for It Takes a Thief. In 1966 a script he submitted for Adam 12 so impressed the producers at Universal that they offered him the position of head writer. At Universal he wrote and helped create several TV shows including The Rockford Files, Baretta, and Baa Baa Black Sheep.

He started his own production company in 1979, generating The A-Team, Riptide, Hunter, and 21 Jump Street. Other credits include Wiseguy, Renegade, and Silk Stalkings. He has scripted over 1,500 TV episodes and created or co-created over 40 programs.

His first novel, The Plan, was published in 1995. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 15 novels including Final Victim, King Con, and the Shane Scully series. He died of complications associated with melanoma on September 30, 2010 at the age of 69.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Los Angeles police detective Shane Scully catches a glimpse of his childhood buddy and former partner Jody Dean cruising the freeway. No big deal, except that Dean committed suicide two years earlier in the LAPD parking lot. Scully's fiance, Alexa, also a police officer, assures him he was mistaken, but Scully saw the recognition in the driver's eyes. He becomes even more obsessed when Jody's former commanding officer, just entering retirement, is found murdered. Scully doesn't believe in coincidence and continues to dig until he makes contact. The suicide was a charade; Jody used it to go deep undercover. His assignment was to track the drug money being laundered through some of the country's most respected multinational corporations. Jody insinuated himself into the money trail, but the lure of a $100 million fortune and a serious lack of conscience shattered his link to law enforcement. Shane exploits their history together and ostensibly joins Jody on the other side of the law. Shane's dilemma becomes saving Jody while simultaneously bringing the money launderers to justice. Cannell, winner of four Emmy awards and the author of last year's best-selling Scully caper The Tin Collectors [BKL N 15 00], has penned another winner. Scully is a likable protagonist who struggles with his personal life while staying a step ahead of a disturbed, dangerous adversary. A top-notch thriller with more than a little heart. --Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

Readers willing to check their disbelief at the door will enjoy this latest over-the-top thriller by Cannell (The Tin Collectors). It's been three years since LAPD cop Shane Scully's best friend and fellow cop Jody Dean blew his brains out so what does it mean when Shane spots Jody driving in the next lane on the freeway? Shane's lover, Alexa Hamilton, herself a star in the LAPD, is skeptical of the sighting partly because Shane is undergoing psychiatric treatment until they find her boss dead in a faked suicide with a strange tattoo on his ankle. The tattoo is the symbol used by the Vikings, a group of brutal rogue cops in Jody's unit who were kicked off the force. A two-way radio at Sheperd's home leads Shane to Jody's hiding place, and it turns out he's involved in a lot more than just a rogue gang. Shane stumbles into a huge money-laundering conspiracy involving the cops, Colombian drug cartels and Big Tobacco. But in order to win Jody's trust and save his own life, Shane must betray Alexa. The action intensifies as the rogues, with Shane along with them undercover, face peril trying to keep ahead of murderous drug lords while the bodies pile up. Solid plotting with nail-biting suspense and multiple surprises keep the reader guessing and sweating right up to the cinematic ending. As the creator of such TV series as The Rockford Files and The A Team, Cannell has a knack for character and a bent for drama that will satisfy even the most jaded thrill lover. 10-city author tour. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Sergeant Shane Scully is back from the best-selling The Tin Collection with a big problem: he spots an old friend and colleague who supposedly committed suicide. It seems that there's a bunch of cops running around who went deep undercover and promptly went bad. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.