Vertical Coffin by Stephen J. Cannell

By Stephen J. Cannell

A nightmarish sequence of occasions sweeps LAPD's Sergeant Shane Scully and his spouse (and boss), Alexa, into the vortex of a big, jurisdictional firestorm. First, a sheriff's deputy, a chum of Shane's, is gunned down whereas serving a regimen seek warrant. His fellow deputies blame the incident at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, whom they angrily accuse of getting did not warn them that the suspect had an incredible arsenal of unlawful guns in his condo. quickly thereafter, a member of the ATF state of affairs reaction workforce is shot to demise, through the sniper homicide of the Sheriff's distinct Enforcement Bureau. on the request of the Mayor, LAPD, as an uninvolved and impartial service provider, assigns Shane Scully to investigate.He is given an very unlikely closing date to discover an answer prior to those elite and lethal SWAT groups kill one another off amid a typhoon of terrible exposure. Shane pursues his research in a course that neither his leader nor his spouse is of the same opinion with, and succeeds in placing himself, his household, and his occupation in negative jeopardy sooner than he ultimately discovers the surprising and lethal fact.

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I motioned again toward the black-suited SWAT team that had fired the gas grenades. "That bunch starts lobbing hot gas canisters while we're still up under the porch. " He said nothing. I could see my warped reflection in his Ray-Bans. "This isn't my jurisdiction," I continued. "I'm a non-sheriff and a potentially friendly witness, so what I say will carry a lot of weight. " I smiled thinly. " Bob Dodds took off his shades. " he said, then put out his hand and we shook. "Emilio Rojas was a friend of mine," he added.

They were back to being Emo and Darren. Chooch was explaining the Wing-T offense he quarterbacked at Harvard-Westlake High School, finger painting plays on the table using the moist condensation from their beer cans. Emo watched closely as the play was diagrammed on the sawed wood. " Emo asked. His overdeveloped shoulders and muscular build made him look like a linebacker, but Shane knew he'd once played quarterback at Cerritos Junior College. " Chooch drew another play as he talked. "You can fake to the halfback, coming across like this; or do a naked rollout pass run option.

He was triggering off five-second bursts, which I estimated at about fifteen or twenty rounds. He probably needed another ten seconds to change C-clips at the top of the stairs before again going to work in the upstairs windows. The time for me to make my move up to the porch was after he shot the long burst through the far left downstairs window. I turned off the TVs and decided to test my theory. Moving to the front door, I waited for him to shoot out of the last window downstairs, then ran out of the house and across the street.

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