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Hollywood Tough (Shane Scully Novel) Hardcover – 13 Feb 2003

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (13 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312291027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312291020
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.1 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,823,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cannell ... clearly knows the ins and outs of the entertainment industry, and the detective story, with its wry, subtle humor, doubles as a Hollywood satire.... The well-drawn characters and keen observations on the similarities between Hollywood and the mafia make this a winner."--"Publishers Weekly""" "Once again, veteran writer/TV producer Cannell has concocted his special brand of reader candy."--"Kirkus Reviews""" "This is a mystery series I can strongly recommend."--The Mystery Reader "Cannell keeps the suspense level high ... making HOLLYWOOD TOUGH ...impossible to put down. Cannell ... continues to demonstrate that he is a master of whatever media he should choose to partake. Certainly the world of suspense literature is richer for his participation."--Bookreporter.com "An interesting and chill provoking read."--Reviewing the Evidence

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In his thirty-five-year-career, Emmy Award-winning writer STEPHEN J. CANNELL 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." St. Martin's Press is proud to have been his publisher for nearly a decade.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE on 20 Nov 2003
Format: Hardcover
Cannell's third Shane Scully novel is as polished and entertaining as its predecessors, although this is perhaps generally lighter in tone. By involving an undercover Scully in the Hollywood movie business, Cannell, a famed veteran TV producer himself, works out many of his hang-ups about today's entertainment industry, ruthlessly lampooning the vagaries and idiocies of the assorted flakes and frauds populating it. But Cannell manages to cram in as many thrills and plot twists as usual, expertly negotiating the shifts in tone from satire to bleak tragedy.
Cannell never disappoints, and his Shane Scully books are shaping up as one of the best series in contemporary crime writing.
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By Miss PAB on 20 Jun 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Wonderful...I love the lead character and bought all the books as I discovered that the author had died.....a very good read
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By Strv 74 on 31 Mar 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Problem with Shane Scully in this book is that he is very hard to understand. You think he is this hard tough guy but then he goes soft and falls out of character. Does he want to be a hard core police man or a family father that puts family first? He is all over in this book. Maybe Mr Cannell has put him into such an environment that it is impossible to play just one role? There are so many strange things happening in this book that you just stop and wonder were it all came from.

Why is he knocking out his son and in the process knocks out one of his tooths instead of just cuffing him to a car?
Why is he constantly disobeying orders from his commanding officer and wife? Why is she putting up with it?
How is it possible for him to convince the LAPD to put up so much money on such a crazy idea?
Why is he going all soft over a dead prostitute? And who actually killed her?
Why is he hesitating to shoot a number of crazy killers that are spreading bullets everywhere?
And where is the SWAT team when they are actually needed?

The Story in this one is not easy to follow and the many question marks makes you stumble when you just want to move on. It is not bad but does not have the clear flow and the believable characters that you would like to have.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
It�s Hard to get back to work 29 Jan 2003
By John W. Bates - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Stephen Cannell's latest Shane Scully novel returns the reader to Los Angeles one year after Shane and his beautiful wife/partner/boss Alexa barely survived The Viking Funeral (St. Martin's, January 2002 and December 2002 softcover). Shane is completing medical leave recuperation from injuries received in that story. He and Alexa, happily married, and Shane's son "Chooch" seemingly have adjusted well to all of their traumas, and Shane is wondering what kind of new duty he will draw, and if he will be working under his wife, who has progressed rapidly up the LAPD promotion ladder. Things cannot stay serene for long, however.
Shane and Alexa attend an engagement party for Alexa's best friend, who has been star-crossed for lovers. At the party, Shane meets Nicky Marcella, one of his former clients/snitch, a con man who has become a movie producer. He asks Shane to help him locate an old friend whom he wants to cast in his new movie, but he can't locate her. Also, Shane overhears the groom to be making an arch comment about never needing a divorce - his previous wives died after he tired of the! Shane is suspicious and over Alexa's objections starts to investigate. He also finds the missing actress, who is now a doped-up prostitute. He reports back to Nicky, and then forgets about it - until he is called out to a crime scene to identify her tortured body and explain why she had his business card. Now Shane is angry and pushes on to discover an East Cost mafia family trying to wedge into the Hollywood unions, a merging of street gangs to take over narcotics trafficking in LA, and ends up fronting a sting that before he knows it is really producing a megamillion dollar movie. And then the gang involvement reaches in and entangles his son.
It all works out in the end, and Shane doesn't really get to be a movie magnet. It is a suspense-filled story with lots of action. Cannell can be counted on for a good story, whether in one of his novels or one of his movies. This one is true to form.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Save your cash! 9 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Stephen Cannell has written his third book in his Shane Scully series. This tale involves the whole Scully family that has been created over the three books, and a deputy chief that allows his officers to do anything they wish. Gone is the hard-boiled edge Cannell has put into his previous books. Cannell has run out of ideas for this series and has failed in his attempt to keep it fun. "Tin Collectors" was by far the best work of this series. This tale drags on for 300 some pages, and is not worth the time or the money. The 3 stars is a gift. I hope he can do better in the next one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Shane Scully cracks the crust of Hollywood 28 Jan 2005
By Schtinky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Yes, it's true. Shane and Alexa are back in action, now married and living in Shane's small house in Venice CA with Shane's son Chooch. Alexa's long time friend Nora Bishop is getting married, and after a series of bad boyfriends she has finally landed Farrell Champion, big name movie producer.

When Alexa and Shane attend a party splattered with big name stars at Farrell's house, Shane runs into a no-name street grifter from the streets named Nicky Marcella. Nicky claims to be running a legitimate movie production company named Cine-Roma, and also claims to be partnered with Champion. He asks Shane for a favor in return for all the informing he had done in the past for LAPD, namely, find a girl named Carol White that Nicky wanted to star in his next movie.

Alexa is called away from the party for a big-time gang shooting, and as Shane is leaving separately, he overhears Farrell mentioning something about poisoning his two previous wives. Shane proceeds to find Carol, a used up junkie selling her body for fixes, and also discovers a strange plot to overtake the IATSE union by a mobster named Dennis Valentine from back east. When Carol is found brutally murdered, her death touches Shane deep inside, bring him face to face with the demons that keep him on the police force.

Shane realizes that somehow, Nicky, Dennis, Farrell, and the gang shootings are related, and vows to avenge Carol's useless death by discovering the truth behind the bizarre mob connections in the glamorous world of show business.

While Cannell's `The Viking Funeral' took a turn into the darker side of existence, `Hollywood Tough' makes up for it by skirting along an almost comedic edge of the seedier side of the movie industry. There's a script that makes no sense to be purchased from a Scientology-type religious fanatic, the movie star Michael Fallon who has so many phobias he has to track them on paper, a producer named Paul Lubick who's ego is only outsized by the massive redwood trees he imports for a ceiling shot, and Nicky Marcella's buzz-word wanna-be actions.

This time Shane may have bitten off more than he can chew, and as he slides into his own undercover world of glamour and glitz, he realizes the seductress's pull of the lifestyle and how close he finds himself submitting to its temptations. Also introduced in `Hollywood Tough' is Chooch's girlfriend Delfina, who to me turned out to be disappointingly shallow in comparison to the other brightly painted characters from the story.

Cannell again uses words to graphically sketch a rolling video in my head, the plot folding and twisting around one of my favorite book-cops of all. A fast and energetic read, don't miss out on the Shane Scully books, The Tin Collectors, The Viking Funeral, and now Hollywood Tough. Enjoy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Amateur Producers Beware 24 Mar 2003
By Untouchable - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the third Shane Scully book and he seems to at least be trying to settle down to domestic bliss. Or at least he would, if only his job wouldn't keep intruding on his family.
Scully seeks revenge on the killer of a hooker, murdered after he had tracked her down for one of his information sources. He is driven by a sense of guilt and responsibility. His most likely is an East Coast mobster who is trying to move in on the Hollywood scene by controlling the movie industry's unions. His method of attack is to go undercover as, of all things, a movie producer. His eyes are well and truly opened and a lot of fun is poked at the Hollywood movie industry when production begins on his movie (which is never meant to get made) and expenses begin to rocket out of control.
A parallel story involves an escalating gang-war that his wife (and boss) Alexa, who is head of the Detective Services Group is trying to calm. It soon becomes apparent that the two stories are going to overlap, but how and to what effect remains the mystery.
This is another compelling mystery that takes you from the extravagance of the Hollywood movie scene, right down to the mean streets of LA and the gangs who inhabit them. Plenty of action and a grandstand finish helps to make it a very enjoyable read. It has also left plenty of scope for a future Shane Scully book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Starsky & Hutch, Mannix, Paladin, whatever . . . . . 14 April 2003
By Larry Scantlebury - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Let me start off by saying I like Stephen Cannell. There's a certain type of writing he excels at. It's action packed, not hard to figure out. Good guys prevail, bad guys get the stuffing kicked out of them.
It's also predictable, superficial, anticipated and expected. It is, for the most part, like TV. It is in fact, TV.
It's difficult to feel nervous about Shane. We know at the end of the day he's going to have an Amstel Light, hug his son, and have life changing sex with his model-like wife. How bad can it get?
The problem with TV is of course, it's there to sell the sponsor and is never, never very believable. Ergo, the take-off on the reality shows. Who gives a hoot about greedy people with tattoos and abs, except that for the first time since the 70's, we're not really certain how it's going to end.
Not so with Shane, Chooch and Alexa. We know what's going to happen. Shane overhears one of his wife's friend's boyfriend say that he murdered his two ex-wives. Now that's a plausible beginning to a novel. So he follows up on that. And gets hooked up with the New Jersey mob. And Chooch's girlfriend gets kidnapped, and Shane starts a movie company.
Actually, it's a fun kind of story. And it has it's place. It won't be quoted like Dickens or mistaken for Leo Tolstoy.
But see, that's why we stopped watching TV and turned to reading, and that's why we implore our children to stop watching television. Because it's shallow, superficial and unchallenging.
So I can't disregard Stephen Cannell. In fact I like him and I will continue to read him. But he's not going to have me sweat like The Guards did, or Lehane does, or Elmore Leonard or James Lee Burke.
But boychik, don't be a goniff. Love 'ya. Loved your work. Keep it up babe. Ciao.
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