Cold Hit: A Shane Scully Novel (Shane Scully Novels)
Publish Date: 2005-08-01
Author: Stephen J. Cannell
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What if, under the PATRIOT Act, federal bureaucrats could take murder cases away from local copsthen bury those cases so theyre never investigated again? What if government agents could bug your home, your car, your place of businessyour entire lifewith nothing more than spoken permission from a secret panel of judges?
What if the Department of Homeland Security could pull police officers off the street and hold them in cells indefinitely as material witnessesbecause theyre working on sensitive investigations?
They can . . .
The PATRIOT Act and the Homeland Security Act give enormous power to our nations top federal law enforcement officials. They operate under the presumption that these officials are honest, diligent, and fair.
But what if theyre not?
In THE COLD HIT, Detective Shane Scully suspects that the regional boss of the Department of Homeland Security is thwarting a major murder investigation. But why?
Robert Allen Virtue can act without oversight or accountability. Theres no way to question him; theres no way to way to check up on him; theres no way to find out if hes exceeding his authority. Virtually at will, he can bug anyone he considers a threat to national security, take over criminal investigations, and jail cops. Even if he is breaking the law, theres no way to know it. Theres nothing to rely on but his integrity. His professional commitment. His good name. Virtue.
That may be a very big mistake.
Shane and his partner are investigating the Fingertip Killer, a serial murderer preying on homeless Vietnam vets in Los Angeles. A bullet taken from one victim's skull matches the bullet that killed another man ten years earlieran unexpected ballistics match linking one unsolved case to another that police call a cold hit. When the earlier victim turns out to have been an LAPD cop, the investigation becomes very personal for Shane. But theres a problem: Robert Allen Virtue wants him taken off it.
To solve the cops murder, and possibly the Fingertip case, Scully must go behind the powerful bureaucrats back and deep undercoverwhere he will begin unraveling a deadly far-reaching conspiracy that threatens to destroy everything he loves: his career, his freedom, and his family.