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By Stephen J. Cannell

St. Martin's Press, October 12, 2010 ($25.99)
ISBN-10: 0312557302
ISBN-13: 978-0312557300

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

This is the 10th book in the Shane Scully, LAPD homicide detective series. Shane's regular partner is on leave so he partners with Sumner "Hitch" Hitchens, a much despised detective in the department. ("Hitch" made a fortune when he sold the movie rights to one of his homicide cases.) Their assigned case involves three dead people and a spent cartridge case that doesn't match the others. The dead are a famous movie producer and two prostitutes in the backyard of a shuttered mansion that was the site of a murder decades ago. Is there a link between the cases?

I have been critical of this series in the past. I felt some of the books were very weak. However, I have always been a fan of Cannell's scriptwriting abilities. In THE PROSTITUTES' BALL I think the author has combined what he knows best (the inner workings of Hollywood and crime fiction) into an entertaining tale that allows me to ignore, if not forget completely, the previous books in the series that disappointed me.

I have no reservations in recommending THE PROSTITUTES' BALL to readers, both those new to the series and those who are long-time fans.

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