Saturday, January 28, 2017

Book Review: THE VIKING FUNERAL, by Stephen J. Cannell

Stephen J. Cannell
St. Martin's Press, 2002
351 pages
Crime / Police Procedural 

THE VIKING FUNERAL is the second book in the Shane Scully Series, and while it is the first book I have ever read by Cannell, it will not be the last.

The story is pretty straight-forward. We have LAPD Officer Shane Scully. A single father. He is in dating Alexa, also an officer with LAPD. And the relationship is pretty serious. The idea is to get married. Turn the three of them into a family.

Life is never that simple.

Not long ago Shane's partner, Jody Dean, committed suicide. It has not been easy for Shane to come to terms with the demise. Suicide was the last thing Jody would have ever done. Despite all of the proof, the photographs, the medical examiner reports, Shane cannot accept the obvious--that his friend is gone.

Compounding his denial, Shane is certain he saw his friend driving a car on the freeway. More than that, he knows Jody saw him. Bringing this up to the authorities can cause him the loss of his badge, the death of his career.

Unwilling to leave it alone, Shane begins to dig for answers. What he discovers is a possible rogue undercover operation. The group is known as the Vikings. Perhaps the initial intent was righteous, but currently the band of cops is out of control. Infiltrating the Vikings is the only way Shane will get the answers he seeks. But in doing so he risks losing everything he holds dear!

Mexican bankers, laundering money, and murder fill the pages in this thrilling cop novel. Stephen J. Cannell knows how to pace a mystery. He should. He has penned dozens of Best Sellers, and written some fantastic television series, and movies. I know one thing is certain, Amazon is going to love me as I begin ordering the other books in this series!

Phillip Tomasso,

author of the Severed Empire Series,
and The Vaccination Trilogy

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