Stephen J. Cannell's Final Novel 'Vigilante' Published

| by Michael Allen

Mystery author and TV series creator Stephen J. Cannell passed away on September 30, 2010, but his work lives on. His last mystery novel 'Vigilante' hit stores last week.

In 'Vigilante,' LAPD detective Scully and his partner Sumner Hitchens investigate a murder that may be linked to a reality TV show.

It was ironic that Cannell's last novel was centered around TV. In addition to his New York Times bestselling novels, Cannell was also an Emmy Award-winning television writer and producer of more than 40 TV series including 'The Rockford Files,' 'The A-Team,' '21 Jump Street' and 'Hunter.'

Cannell, who was 69 when he died, is credited with writing more than 1,000 episodes of various TV series.

'Vigilante' has received strong reviews. Publishers Weekly said "Cannell's sturdy just-the-facts style and intimate knowledge of L.A. police venues and procedures unflinchingly ring true in a culture that assumes even homicide isn't about justice; it's about Nielsen ratings."

The Romantic Times added: "The late Cannell's last Scully novel is a fitting ending to the series, reminding us why Cannell was a significant part of our entertainment culture on TV and in print for decades: he was a darn good storyteller. This well-plotted story shouldn't be missed."