Hollywood Tough

Hollywood Tough

St. Martin's Press | January, 2003 | 352 Pages | ISBN: 978-0-312-29102-0

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LAPD investigator Shane Scully agrees to return a favor to former snitch Nicky Marcella, a street hustler turned shady movie producer. He wants Shane to find Carol White, his former New Jersey high school classmate and an aspiring actress. What Shane finds is that she's abandoned her dreams for an abyss of drugs and prostitution, but her core of inherent decency touches him.

When she's murdered, he refuses to allow her to be dismissed as just another dead prostitute. He starts with Nicky, who's fronting a Mob-connected movie production company that is using muscle to infiltrate key labor unions. Evidently Carol's past collided with the Mob's plans, and she became expendable. Shane and Nicky--both guilt-ridden over their unwitting roles in her death--form an uneasy alliance to find Carol's killer.

Hollywood Tough

St. Martin's Press | January, 2003 | 352 Pages | ISBN: 978-0-312-29102-0

Order:  Amazon | Barnes and Noble

LAPD investigator Shane Scully agrees to return a favor to former snitch Nicky Marcella, a street hustler turned shady movie producer. He wants Shane to find Carol White, his former New Jersey high school classmate and an aspiring actress. What Shane finds is that she's abandoned her dreams for an abyss of drugs and prostitution, but her core of inherent decency touches him.

When she's murdered, he refuses to allow her to be dismissed as just another dead prostitute. He starts with Nicky, who's fronting a Mob-connected movie production company that is using muscle to infiltrate key labor unions. Evidently Carol's past collided with the Mob's plans, and she became expendable. Shane and Nicky--both guilt-ridden over their unwitting roles in her death--form an uneasy alliance to find Carol's killer.

Hollywood Tough

Hollywood Tough

“HOLLYWOOD TOUGH crackles with smart dialogue as well as quirky characters.  Yoou’d expect no less from thecreator of such hit television shows as ‘The Rockford Files’ and ‘The A-Team’ . . . [By the last page] you’ve had one heck of a read and are sorry to see HOLLYWOOD TOUGH come to an end—which may mark the difference between a page-turner and a can’t-put-it-down thriller.”
The Sunday Oregonian
“(Shane) Scully has ample opportunity to prove how “Hollywood Tough” he is… Veteran writer/TV producer Cannell has concocted his special brand of reader candy.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Cannell, creator of such TV shows as The A-Team, clearly knows the ins and outs of the entertainment industry, and the detective story, with its wry, subtle humor, doubles as Hollywood satire… Well-drawn characters and keen observations on the similarities between Hollywood and the mafia make this a winner.”
Publishers Weekly