Leaving L.A.'s Parker Centre, Shane Scully and his wife, Alexa, agree to meet at home...but Alexa never arrives. Then Shane's called to a crime scene on Mulholland Drive, where the victim, an apparent gang member, has been executed - and left in Alexa's car. Her gun is the likely murder weapon. As Shane desperately tries to find Alexa, his leads point to a feud between two gangsta-rap record companies, both heavily manned by Crips and Bloods. At the centre of this war is a ruthless, beautiful Lady Macbeth-like white woman raised in Compton. Married to a multi-millionaire rap mogul, she is known as the White Sister. Shane is no stranger to big trouble, but he's never before been smeared as a "racist cop" or thrown in jail while there's a hit out on him. Much worse is the unknown fate of Alexa, and the fact that in the mysterious White Sister - who holds the clue to a sinister conspiracy - he may have met his match.
Stephen J. Cannell (1941-2010) was the author of the bestselling Shane Scully books, including "The Prostitute's Ball," "The Pallbearers," and "Three Shirt Deal." He was also an Emmy Award winning television writer and producer, and in his thirty-five-year career, he created or co-created more than forty TV series. Among his hits were "The Rockford Files," "Silk Stalkings," "The A-Team," "21 Jump Street," "Hunter," "Renegade," "Wiseguy," and "The Commish." He received numerous awards, including the Saturn Award - Life Career Award (2004), The Marlow Lifetime Achievement Award from Mystery Writers of America (2005), and the WGA Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement (2006). Having overcome severe dyslexia, Cannell was an avid spokesperson on the condition and an advocate for children and adults with learning disabilities. He was a third-generation Californian and resided in the Pasadena area with his wife, Marcia, and their children.