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Private investigator Sharon McCone returns in New York Times bestselling author Marcia Muller's latest page-turning mystery!

"[Marcia Muller's] stories crackle like few others on the mystery landscape." - San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

"Muller undoubtedly remains one of today's best mystery writers." -Associated Press

Author Notes

Marcia Muller, novelist, short-story writer and anthologist, was born in Detroit in 1944. She attended the University of Michigan, where she studied writing.

Edwin of the Iron Shoes (1977) was her first book featuring Sharon McCone, a female private eye strong enough to compete in the male-dominated crime genre. In 1993, Muller was given the Private Eye Writers of America Life Achievement Award, and the following year her novel Wolf in the Shadows won the Anthony Boucher Award and was nominated for the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Crime Novel.

Muller is the co-author of the Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery series with Bill Pronzini.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PI Sharon McCone's search for a missing friend leads to a cold case involving a serial killer. Trish and Jim Curley, former neighbors of McCone and currently vacationing in Costa Rica, ask McCone to check on their adult daughter, Chelle, who hasn't been answering their calls. At 23, Chelle rehabs properties, with her current project being the Breakers, a run-down building in southwest San Francisco that was once an elite social center before being converted to apartments. Chelle isn't to be found at the Breakers, where she's been living and working, or at her parents' house. But what McCone does find at the Breakers is a horrifying collage of mass murderers, including the Carver, who was never found after stabbing four men and carving his signature on their bodies seven years earlier; now he seems to be at work again. With the help of colleagues and friends, McCone doggedly tracks down leads, even when she suffers a painful personal loss in the midst of the case. In her thirty-fourth outing, McCone sometimes turns introspective, adding depth to her adventures in her beloved city. A prime Muller mystery.--Michele Leber Copyright 2018 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In MWA Grand Master Muller's underwhelming 35th novel featuring San Francisco PI Sharon McCone (after 2017's The Color of Fear), McCone is dismayed to learn that 23-year-old Chelle Curley, a daughter of friends who restores old buildings, has disappeared from the Breakers, a former nightclub that Chelle was renovating to turn into a service center for disabled veterans. Interviews with Chelle's friends lead nowhere, but McCone is intrigued that the nook where Chelle was camping out in the Breakers was next to a wall covered with news clippings about killers such as Jack the Ripper and Charles Manson. The case gets even weirder when Zack Kaplan, one of the building's tenant's acquaintances, asks McCone to come over right away; disturbingly, Zack is nowhere to be found, but the PI finds a note in Chelle's handwriting, stating, "I've got a right to disappear." Developments in McCone's personal life don't add much, and the solution will strike some as so improbable as to undercut the notion that her investigative work is realistic. Muller has done better. Agent: Molly Friedrich, Friedrich Literary. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Trekking to the southwest San Franciscobuilding being renovated by Chelle Curley, the out-of-touch daughter of old friends, private investigator Sharon McCone finds a hidden art gallery depicting various murder scenes, past and present. But no Chelle. Another gritty case from Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Muller.

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