The late Cannell’s last Scully novel is a fitting ending to the series, reminding us why Cannell was a significant part of our entertainment culture on TV and in print for decades: he was a darn good storyteller. This well-plotted story shouldn’t be missed.
Scully’s new case concerns the murder of a gang activist who had filed numerous complaints against the LAPD, ruining careers in the process. The possibility that a cop is responsible for her death can’t be overlooked. Making a bad case even worse, it’s caught the attention of Nixon Nash, the star of a TV reality show that hunts down police incompetence — or even better, corruption — and brings down those involved. Nash will do whatever it takes to prove his point, and his current target is Scully’s case. A recipe for conflict? You bet. Nash feeds Scully leads, but are they real or red herrings to make the cops look clueless? Scully is in a cat-and-mouse game not only with the killer but also with Nash. Maybe reality TV isn’t so real after all. (ST. MARTIN’S, Dec., 320 pp., $25.99)