Has there been another writer-producer in the history of Tinseltown who has practically owned the whole gritty-crime-tough-guy genre like Mr. Stephen J. Cannell? We vote no. He's the man who's had a hand in dozens of hard-boiled, fast-talking hits, including "21 Jump Street" and "The Commish" (not to mention "The Greatest American Hero," which boasts the best television theme *ever*).
So when the guy turns to books, especially books set in LA, especially books set in LA involving LAPD, we know he's bringing tons of authorly flair, noir-ish dames and sticky situations that his hero may have to think fast to extricate himself from. And while many Hollywood writers get the (unfair) rep of not loving moments in the limelight, Cannell is a sometimes-thespian who brings charisma to his public appearances. TV fans, crime-book fans, fans of "Wiseguy" and "The Rockford Files" and all those shows that helped shape modern small-screen thrillers, take note.