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3.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 5 3.46 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcia Muller Narrator: Laura Hicks Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sharon McCone Mysteries Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781482981537
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Private eye Sharon McCone receives an email asking for help from her emotionally disturbed half-brother, Darcy Blackhawk, but he fails to reply to her response. As Sharon digs deeper, she discovers that Darcy sent his message from an Internet cafe in San Francisco, a city he’s never been to before. Sensing that Darcy is in terrible danger, McCone begins a search for him throughout the city. The investigation leads her to the body of a woman at the Palace of Fine Arts, where a witness told her Darcy was headed. As her search widens, Sharon uncovers a connection to an unsolved murder of a young woman who was heiress to a multimillion dollar banking fortune. Sharon must race to solve both murders and ensure her brother’s safety, despite the imminent danger that lurks within her own family. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ms. Muller’s plotting is masterful, with her sure-footed, economical storytelling—even with the changes of narrator from chapter to chapter—supporting the plot as it glides easily along. And that takes some great writing.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Alternating chapters narrated by different characters add to the suspense of the intricate plot, which propels readers through a San Francisco few tourists see—from Colma, the city’s necropolis, to the exclusive mansions of Sea Cliff—and to a harrowing, haunting denouement.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Recommended for fans of Muller, women detectives, and San Francisco culture.”

    Library Journal

  • “As Sharon celebrates another birthday, devoted readers will appreciate all the more both the groundbreaking nature of this series (the first to star a female PI in hard-boiled fiction) and the fact that, throughout her long run, Sharon has aged gracefully and matured as a heroine and a woman.”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marla Madison | 2/18/2014

    " Disappointing! I was absolutely turned off by the beginning chapters, most of which were spent introducing a myriad of characters. The protagonist's family tree was introduced in detail, boring the reader by it's sheer volume. Turns out Sharon was given up for adoption at birth and now has close relations with both families. And has the very cliched, bad-boy, dope taking brother who shows up asking for her help. I couldn't get into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 2/10/2014

    " Excited to see another Sharon McCone book - number 28 and the series is still going strong. I do enjoy Muller's books but this one didn't grab me like her others. Many of them have me in a "can't put it down" trance and this one didn't. The extended family stories are far reaching and I found myself flipping ahead. However, I will read every book that comes out in this series until my dying day - I do like the character development and following Sharon's life as it has changed over the years. Seems like a l-l-l-o-o-o-n-n-n-g-g-g-g time since I read the first book - Edwin of the Iron Shoes. If you do choose to read these, read them in order!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 2/8/2014

    " Wonderful as all the Marcia Muller books are. Fast pace, and great story telling. Love Kinsey and all of the characters. Would recommend all of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura de Leon | 2/6/2014

    " It was nice to reacquaint myself with Sharon McCone, I've missed quite a few of her books. I'd like to fill in some of the gaps, and keep up with her a little better going forward. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/30/2014

    " I am enjoying the change in emphasis in this series. I don't think its quite as exciting as the first ones, but the perspective from the person losing his mind in this one and the one in lockdown before is interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Roys | 1/22/2014

    " Read it in an afternoon. Muller doesn't disappoint. I was thinking it was someone else up until the reveal. I LOVE IT when a writer can trick me. AND I love it even more when Muller uses Sharon McCone's family as the perpetrators of her cases. They are infinitely more interesting than the other clients who walk through her door. I am now curious as to what is going to come out about the building her agency will be moving to since she hinted that bad things had happened there. Will there be more and will anyone Sharon knows pay the ultimate price? As much as I like the one I'm reading currently, I also love guessing what her next case will be as there is usually a hint or two in the text. Only sucks that I have to wait so long ot find out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckayd229 | 1/17/2014

    " Always enjoy Muller's Sharon McCone's mysteries. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie | 1/15/2014

    " More of a 2.5. I liked it but only because I like the series and I was in the mood for a light easy read. This book is not as good as previous ones. The writing is worse, and the mystery isn't very exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Atkinson | 12/30/2013

    " Sharon McCone would be my alter ego of choice; Marcia Muller never fails to provide great reading entertainment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/10/2013

    " Didn't really listen to all of it, slept through some but it was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen Machuga | 11/23/2013

    " I didn't enjoy this one as much as I usually do her books. Not sure why I didn't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Davis | 11/18/2013

    " I have followed this series from the beginning and it only gets better... Love Sharon McCone.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E | 3/3/2013

    " I enjoy the Sharon McCone mystery series--good characters, good stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wanda | 7/16/2012

    " Didn't like the jumping back and forth between people. Didn't enjoy the brother's thinking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbe | 6/16/2012

    " Marcia Muller continues the Sharon McCone series and I still enjoy reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 5/10/2012

    " Told from viewpoints of Sharon McCone, Mick Savage, and Darcy Blackhawk. McCone and Savage are searching for McCone's half-brother, Darcy Blackhawk who is a dysfunctional druggie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenda | 5/3/2012

    " A long running series, right up there with Sue Grafton's. Set in and around San Fran. Not the strongest in the series, but good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora | 3/14/2012

    " Good, as usual. I seem to have missed a book though. Anyway, this one is about her half-brother who is homeless and hopeless, and missing. He's also the main suspect in the murder of a wealthy young woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 1/19/2012

    " Like welcoming back an old friend with a new adventure. Just enough twists to be entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/6/2011

    " Sharon McCone would be my alter ego of choice; Marcia Muller never fails to provide great reading entertainment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 11/3/2011

    " I have followed this series from the beginning and it only gets better... Love Sharon McCone.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glennie | 11/2/2011

    " Not one of her best. Only 261 pages and chapter titles took a whole page each. I always wonder if that's a way to stretch the length out. Writing was choppier than her usual. Her earlier books are much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 11/1/2011

    " I didn't enjoy this one as much as I usually do her books. Not sure why I didn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 9/4/2011

    " I'm always excited to read a new Marcia Muller mystery! These are such a great example of the "tough chick detective" genre.

    This book in particular didn't seem to do much to move the series along, but it was still entertaining and well written as always. "

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About the Author
Author Marcia Muller

Marcia Muller is a New York Times bestselling author and creator of the critically acclaimed series starring private investigator Sharon McCone. With more than thirty-five novels to her credit, Muller has received the 2005 Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America, the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, a Ridley Award, an American Mystery Award, and the Anthony Award.

About the Narrator

Laura Hicks is an Obie Award–winning actress who has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theater, film, and television. A native New Yorker and a Juilliard graduate, she has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia, Austria, Italy, and Ireland.