Vertical Coffin

Vertical Coffin

A Shane Scully Novel

Book - 2004 | 1st ed.
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Baker & Taylor
LAPD Sergeant Shane Scully and his wife are drawn into the heart of a jurisdictional nightmare when infighting escalates between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau as members of elite teams from both agencies become the target of a killer.

McMillan Palgrave
A nightmarish series of events sweeps LAPD's Sergeant Shane Scully and his wife (and boss), Alexa, into the vortex of an enormous, jurisdictional firestorm.

First, a sheriff's deputy, a friend of Shane's, is gunned down while serving a routine search warrant. His fellow deputies blame the incident on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, whom they angrily accuse of having failed to warn them that the suspect had a huge arsenal of illegal weapons in his house.

Soon thereafter, a member of the ATF Situation Response Team is shot to death, followed by the sniper murder of the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau. At the request of the Mayor, LAPD, as an uninvolved and unbiased agency, assigns Shane Scully to investigate.

He is given an impossible deadline to find a solution before these two elite and deadly SWAT Teams kill each other off amid a hurricane of horrible publicity. Shane pursues his investigation in a direction that neither his chief nor his wife agrees with, and succeeds in putting himself, his loved ones, and his career in terrible jeopardy before he finally discovers the shocking and deadly truth.

Blackwell North Amer
SWAT teams refer to doorways as "vertical coffins" because they are most vulnerable when passing through them. The new Shane Scully novels starts with a bang as an L.A. sheriff's deputy is gunned down on the front porch of a house while serving a routine warrant.
The arrest is given to the Sheriff's Department by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, who neglects to mention the man is suspected of hording an arsenal of illegal weapons. The shooter barricades himself in his house as multiagency SWAT teams eventually burn it to the ground with the suspect still inside.
Two elite SWAT units from the L.A. Sheriff's Department and the ATF appear to be engaged in a deadly midnight war. Officers from both agencies are being sniped at and murdered in vertical coffins. As the violence escalates, the mayor directs the LAPD, the only uninvolved and unbiased law enforcement agency, to investigate. Shane's wife, Alexa, under orders from Chief Tony Filosiani, assigns him to the case.
Almost immediately, Scully is thrust into a nightmare of police intrigue and finds himself with no friends in law enforcement, isolated in a lethal no-man's-land between two warring agencies.

& Taylor

LAPD Sergeant Shane Scully is drawn into the escalating infighting between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau as members of both agencies become the target of a killer.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312304256
Characteristics: x, 335 p. ; 25 cm.


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