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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (757 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcia Muller Narrator: Deanna Hurst Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sharon McCone Mysteries Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781482979091
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Shot in the head by an unknown assailant, Sharon McCone finds herself trapped by Locked-In Syndrome: almost total paralysis but an alert, conscious mind. Since the late-night attack occurred at her agency’s offices, the natural conclusion was that it was connected to one of the firm’s cases.

As Sharon lies in her hospital bed, furiously trying to break out of her body’s prison and discover her attacker’s identity, all the members of her agency fan out to find the reason why she was assaulted. Meanwhile, Sharon becomes a locked-in detective, sorting through the clues her colleagues discover.

As the case draws to a surprising and even shocking conclusion, Sharon’s husband, Hy, must decide whether or not to surrender to his own violent past and exact final vengeance when the person responsible is identified.                            

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Throughout her many McCone novels, Muller has displayed a knack both for keeping the series fresh and for allowing her character to grow. She accomplishes both goals this time by taking McCone out of the spotlight but giving her fans a chance to root for her to recover. After all these years, Muller’s series remains a gold standard for female detective stories.”

    Kirkus (starred review)

  • “Bestseller Muller’s harrowing 27th mystery to feature San Francisco PI Sharon McCone pens with a bang: returning to her office late one night, McCone is shot while interrupting a burglary. When she wakes up in the hospital, McCone is fully conscious but “locked in.” Paralyzed, she can communicate only by blinking her eyes. Muller articulates this chilling conceit with painful realism…Narrative duty falls on McCone’s motley crew of co-workers and other series regulars like her husband, Hy Ripinsky. Each chapter, told from a different perspective, provides another clue in a convoluted case that includes multiple murders, a sex scandal in city government and the inevitable cover up. While this approach can be hard to follow at times, it provides Muller ample opportunity to showcase her strength at characterization.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Top-notch mystery and more from one of the genre’s Grand Masters.”

    Library Journal

  • “Sharon McCone deals with her toughest case yet. Returning to her office to retrieve a forgotten cell phone on a foggy San Francisco evening, McCone is shot in the head by an unknown assailant. She finds herself in the hospital suffering from locked-in syndrome…They rally around her, convening conferences at the hospital so that she can participate in the hunt despite her condition. As the pieces fall into place, McCone’s husband, Hy, must decide whether he can keep his violent past in check once the responsible party is identified. Throughout her many McCone novels, Muller has displayed a knack both for keeping the series fresh and for allowing her character to grow. She accomplishes both goals this time by taking McCone out of the spotlight but giving her fans a chance to root for her to recover. After all these years, Muller’s series remains a gold standard for female detective stories.”

    Booklist

  • A 2010 Barry Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2010 Shamus Award for Best Hardcover Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 1/23/2014

    " I like this author and the Sharon McCone series but this was a bit thin. Concept borrowed from The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, but S.M. seemed to have a much easier time than M. Bauby! It hardly hampered her detecting a whit! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 12/19/2013

    " good. short very quick read (lots of blank pages)fairly predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margy | 12/13/2013

    " I used to read her books all of the time - this is my return to her after several years. I like the concept of the story; being locked in, but the story itself could have been much better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Corien | 12/6/2013

    " Same old same old (- diving bell butterfly). Didn't finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary A. | 11/28/2013

    " Very complex and many characters. A slow read but worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Carter | 10/5/2013

    " This Sharon McCone mystery was quite different than the others. I enjoyed having all of the characters from her life together, working on her case. Since I see this is #27 in the series, I plan to go back and see if I missed any books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelasher | 9/13/2013

    " Interesting concept but I like it better when told from one pov. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 8/18/2013

    " Another good mystery in the Sharon McCone series. In this case, she has been shot and might not recover. Meanwhile, her family and friends are trying to find out who had shot her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 5/13/2013

    " Wow! Marcia Muller at her best. Sharon McCone doesn't say much in this book, but she communicates despite having "locked-in" syndrome. A fast read that you won't want to put down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodie | 2/10/2013

    " I read this in one very lazy Saturday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 2/6/2013

    " Haven't read Marcia Muller in awhile, and really enjoyed the fast pace of the book, the short chapters that just make one want to keep on reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Genie | 6/11/2012

    " An ok read but I get the feeling it was almost sn exercise for Marcia muller- how could Sharon solve the mystery when she couldn't even move or speak? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel | 3/14/2012

    " one of her better ones "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharron | 11/26/2011

    " I had begun to tire of Sharon McCone but this addition to the series re-energized my interest. It used the Josephine Tey trick of the narrator solving the mystery from bed - only in this case McCone was totally unable to communicate except by blinking her eyes. Clever story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 9/20/2011

    " I think think was the best yet. Held you on the edge of your seat and then made your cry. I will be looking forward to see how Muller will follow this up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 9/9/2011

    " This was a good one, hard to put down. I really liked the way the short chapters, written from the point-of-view of each of the different characters, kept the story moving. Marcia Muller never disappoints. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie T | 9/8/2011

    " Shar has been shot entering the office and is now locked in, can't move or speak. The story is told from the points of view of Hy, her family and co-workers. An engrossing read that keeps you guessing till the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " powerful story, group investigates while Sharon recovers "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wilhelmina | 3/21/2011

    " Maybe 2 1/2 stars, but I have read this series for years, and this is my least favorite in a very good series. If you are new to Muller's work, please don't judge the rest of the Sharon McCone books by this one. A disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ccqdesigns | 3/10/2011

    " Loved this easy fun mystery. Nothing heavy, just a quick interesting read. Great for sitting in doctor's offices. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda | 2/11/2011

    " If you like Sue Grafton, try Marcia Muller. The Sharon McCone series is a classic, great mystery series set in San Fran. It just gets better, I would highly recommend starting at the first, the evolution of Sharon, the main character, is only one the of delightful reasons to read this series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 2/6/2011

    " Another good mystery in the Sharon McCone series. In this case, she has been shot and might not recover. Meanwhile, her family and friends are trying to find out who had shot her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glennie | 1/19/2011

    " I read this right after I saw an episode on House MD where a patient had Locked-in syndrome. It was great reading this and trying to imagine what McCone was seeing thru her eyes,, as the patient had done on the TV show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 1/15/2011

    " A slight deaprture in style for Muller. Each (very short) chapter is through the eyses of one of the charachters.

    Good story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 11/27/2010

    " I am reluctantly finishing this book. Wow! Marcia Muller is BACK and in great form! A must-read for Muller fans and those who enjoy reading about smart, tough female detectives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Larissa | 10/1/2010

    " It took me way too long to read this book. I just couldn't get that into it. "

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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

Deanna Hurst is an actress, voice-over artist, and singer-songwriter. She has performed on stages throughout the United States, and her television credits include Judging Amy, Hunter, and Silk Stalkings. She has voiced hundreds of commercials for radio and television. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two dogs.