The Pallbearers by Stephen J. Cannell is the 9th book in the “Shane Scully” thriller series. Pubisher: St. Martin’s Press, March 2010

A powerfully moving novel from TV producer and master of crime fiction Stephen J. Cannell, in which Detective Shane Scully, who grew up as an orphan, must revisit his painful childhood to find out who murdered his charismatic mentor and onetime father figure.

Abandoned by his parents as an infant and shunted from one foster family to another, Shane was ultimately raised in an orphanage called Huntington House. The only positive thing in his young life was the attention of the home’s director, Walter “Pop” Dix. Pop, an avid surfer, would take a small group of kids for early morning surfing. He was big-hearted, patient, and the father none of them had ever had.

That was thirty years ago, and Scully long ago put that difficult chapter of his life behind him. He is now an accomplished detective, married to Alexa, the gorgeous lieutenant and acting commander of the LAPD detective division. But Shane is forced to revisit the memories of his childhood when he learns that Pop has been found dead, the victim of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun blast. He has left a note asking six specific people, all of whom attended Huntington House, to be his pallbearers, and Shane is one of the chosen. He and his fellow pallbearers are convinced Pop would never have killed himself. That leaves murder. But why would anyone kill Pop? And whom?

Together, the pallbearers embark on a dangerous mission in pursuit of justice, and for retribution against the men responsible for Pop’s death. It takes them up against an unexpected adversary whose power and influence far exceed anything they could have imagined–violent, dangerous men who are determined to keep a lid on the secret behind Pop’s death, no matter who gets in their way.

This was a good read. Shane doesn’t believe that his “Pop” committed and when he and his friend look into this, they discover it’s more than what they think and set out to clear his name and lay him peacefully to rest. My rating: 4 stars

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