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Vertical Coffin (2004) [Novel]
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Series: Shane Scully
Part: 4

Summary (From the publisher):

SWAT teams refer to doorways as “vertical coffins” because they are most vulnerable when passing through them. This Shane Scully novel starts with a bang as a 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. In a plot full of twists and thrills, where nothing is as it appears, Shane puts himself and his loved ones in terrible jeopardy before finally discovering the shocking and deadly truth.

Original title: Vertical Coffin
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysterySuspense
FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesPolice Procedural

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Vertical Coffin (2004)
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Language: English

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Vertical Coffin (March 2005)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 0312934793
Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.22 x .94
Pages: 352

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Vertical Coffin (January 23, 2004)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 0312304250
Dimensions: 9.58 x 6.38 x 1.15
Pages: 335

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Vertical Coffin (2004)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Thorndike, Me.
Publisher: Center Point
ISBN: 1585474401
Pages: 352
Notes: Large print edition

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