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Anxious Shane Scully followers can now relax.  From New York Times bestselling author Stephen J. Cannell comes the ninth Shane Scully novel, The Pallbearers.  Signed editions available at VJ Books (

In this compelling new novel, Detective Shane Scully must revisit his painful childhood to find out who murdered the kind and charismatic man who became a father to him.

Abandoned by his parents as an infant, Scully was reared in an orphanage, Huntington House. The only positive thing in his young life was the attention of the Home’s director, Walter “Pop” Dix. Pop, an avid surfer, would take a small group of kids for early morning surfing. He was the father none of them had ever had.

That was thirty years ago. Now, Shane is forced to revisit these memories when Pop is found dead, the victim of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun blast. He leaves a message asking six specific people, all of whom attended Huntington House, to be his pallbearers, and Shane is one of the chosen. He and his fellow pallbearers don’t believe it was a suicide. That leaves murder. But why, and by whom?

Together, the pallbearers start on a dangerous odyssey in pursuit of justice for Pop, and for retribution against those responsible for his death. Their journey takes them up against an unforeseen adversary whose power and influence far exceed anything they could have imagined. (more…)

Stephen Cannell – An Introduction

Stephen J. Cannell is the bestselling author of twelve novels, including the critically acclaimed Shane Scully series, which includes White Sister, Cold Hit, Vertical Coffin, Hollywood Tough, The Viking Funeral, The Tin Collectors and Three Shirt Deal. In addition, Cannell is the author of Runaway Heart, The Devil’s Workshop, Riding the Snake, King Con, Final Victim, and The Plan. His stand alone novel At First Sight:A Novel of Obsession released in July, 2008.
An Emmy award-winning writer/producer and Chairman of Cannell Studios, Cannell overcame severe dyslexia to become one of television’s most prolific writers. In a highly successful career that spans three decades, he has created or co-created more than 40 shows, of which he has scripted more than 450 episodes and produced or executive produced more than 1,500 episodes. His hits include The Rockford Files, Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, Hunter, Riptide, Hardcastle & McCormick, 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy, The Commish, Profit, and the hit syndicated shows, Renegade and Silk Stalkings.
During the past few years, Cannell has 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), and the NATPE Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award (2007).
Cannell is an avid spokesperson on Dyslexia, and is a third generation Californian who currently resides in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Marcia, and their three children.
Signed Stephen Cannell books are available at