The Tin Collectors

The Tin Collectors

A Novel

Book - 2001
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Inside the department, they're called Tin Collectors: Internal Affairs Agents, the police of the police.If they catch you breaking the rules, they'll come after your badge.If they want you badly enough, they'll collect more than just your tin.LAPD Detective Shane Scully is startled awake in the middle of the night by a call from his ex-partner's wife, who is being beaten by her abusive husband.Racing to their house to stop the fight, Scully ends up killing his ex-partner, a cop who is beloved within the department.Suddenly, Scully finds himself an outcast, shunned by his fellow cops who intend to exact vengeance no matter what the cost.Internal Affairs zeroes in on the "renegade" cop with their sharpest young prosecutor, the ice queen Alexa Hamilton, who has her own reasons for taking revenge on Scully.Desperate to save his career, Scully starts kicking over rocks within the LAPD.What he uncovers is pure evil: a conspiracy going to the very top that ultimately threatens not just his own life but that of a young teenage boy, Chooch, entrusted to Scully's care by his mother - Sandy Sandoval.Known as the Black Widow, Sandy is a beautiful and courageous woman who also happens to be the LAPD's most important undercover informant, and Scully will do anything to keep her son safe.Stephen J. Cannell combines mystery and violence, loyalty and passion in a tale with an ending as unpredictable as LA itself. AUTHORBIO: In his 35-year career, Emmy award-winning writer Stephen J. Cannell has created such TV hits as The Rockford Files, Silk Stalkings, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy, and The Commish. He has also penned the bestsellers The Plan, Final Victim, and King Con.He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their children.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312269593
0312269595
Branch Call Number: Can
Characteristics: 389 p.

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Dreamstime
Nov 21, 2016

The concept of the book has potential, but I intensely disliked Shane. The beginning of the story is ridiculous. Two or more female characters lead this panting guy around by the ring in his nose. All of his troubles begin with Shane's absurd decision to play Sir Galahad and rescue his former girlfriend from an abusive but highly decorated police officer who was once his partner. His relationship with another prostitute and taking responsibility for her rebellious teenage son is beyond my belief. By the end of the story I was rooting for the paper-cutout bad guys to remove the "hero" from the story. Oh yea, the ending pours pickle juice over the day-old cupcake.

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