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Publisher's Summary

L.A. police detective Shane Scully comes under investigation by Internal Affairs (derisively known as "the tin collectors") after he kills his ex-partner who was one of the mayor's bodyguards. Temporarily reassigned, so that he can remain under the department's watchful eye, Scully finds that more than his badge is at stake when he is set up to take the rap in a deadly plot of corruption and conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the LAPD.
©2007 Stephen J. Cannell (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Mr. Cannell's brand of thriller is served straight up...and he knows how to cut to the chase." ( The New York Times)

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Police Procedural Gone Bad

Here is another instance of me trying a book for the second time and discovering a treasure. I suppose my concentration is often drawn to my situation more than the novel I am listening too from time to time.

The first chapters are captivating, setting the hook as it were. What appears to be a cut and dry case of self defense is complicated by police corruption. The procedurals we are exposed to is inner departmental rules and politics. It’s clear from the beginning Cannell researched the subject well.

Any novel I like must have characters I find intriguing. That is certainly the case here. Great characters, relationships, secrets and betrayals are all featured here.

I highly recommend this novel!

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Great begining

I listened to all the Shane Scully books except the fisrt two, Tin Collectors and Viking Funeral; I am now going back to the begining. Even after knowing where things go, this is a great book. If you never have listen to a Shane Scully book, Start now and with this one!

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How many stereotypes can you put in one book?

Apparently the answer is a LOT. Both predictable and boring is not a good combination for a cop story - - and this is both. I am reminded of why it takes a really superior writer to make a conspiracy plausible. Unfortunately, this book is short one superior writer. I also kept looking at the narration - - the voice is so deep it sounds like you must be listening to the wrong speed. Can't recommend this one.

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Laughable and Predictable

In agreement with another reviewer, the narration of this story was stiff compared to other narrators. It takes a lot of patience to finish this story. However, the material was only of average quality. While a trite premise and familar story about a cop, a prostitue, an angry teen-ager, and a slew of bad cops the story had potential. The use of initials or acronyms was ridiculously over-done. I suppose the author wanted to impress the listener/reader with his knowledge of police lingo. He under-estimated the intellect of the reader as this technique distracted from the credibility or realism (although this is fiction) of the story. The main character did an exceptional job of tempering his zeal for an old flame and using sometimes, common sense. It is unclear at the end of the story, what happened to the old flame. It was difficult to like any of the characters or care what happened to them. This story is a good one to listen to when doing yard work or house work.

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Awful narration

The story itself was reasonably good and was the only reason I continued to listen to the stilted and boring narration. The narrator often sounded like a 3rd grade student reading outloud from a text book...just not the right thing for this genre.

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underwhelmed

I had wanted to listen to this one for several years when it was referenced in a Michael Connelly book - I enjoy detective series especially the ones that are somewhat realistic - unfortunately this was not one of them. In the end, I wasn't sure if the book was written in a way that narrating would be cheesy, or if the Narration was simply below average. The storyline in this one is both implausible and to a large degree uninteresting. I think this is the first book in the series, and later books have Scott Brick as the narrator so I may try another one of the series.

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I'm hooked on Shane Scully!

Where does The Tin Collectors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 20....thought it was great start to the series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tin Collectors?

The letter to Chooch! Listen and you will see why!

Have you listened to any of Robert Lawrence’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I enjoyed his narration.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again, the letter to Chooch...teared up a little.

Any additional comments?

I will continue on....Shane is such a funny, likable guy, I look forward to what the future holds for him.

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my take.

enjoyed it. great story. wife wanted to know how Scully and Chooch and Alexa all came together as I listened to book out of order. always loved cannell from the rockford says.

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terrible voice

why can't male narrators ever do a convincing female voice. so many stories and female characters young and old sound like gravel voiced truckers and mountain men.

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Waste of money

F bomb first 3 min - writer limits himself to a smaller audience
Just an opinion