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The McCone Files

by Marcia Muller

At last! The McCone Files gathers all of Sharon McCone's short cases covering her entire career as staff investigator at All Souls Legal Cooperative in San Francisco. Each tale, including two written especially for this volume, is a miniature masterpiece of plotting, realistic characters and vivid settings. From the death of a clown in Diablo Valley to the disappearance of a young socialite on the Golden Gate Bridge, from the murder of a teenage gang leader in San Francisco to the drowning of an aged Japanese herb-gatherer, and from streets filled with juvenile runaways to the quietness of a mausoleum, Sharon investigates not only who committed the crimes but also what they say about our world toward the end of the twentieth century.

The Night Searchers

by Marcia Muller

When new clients Jay and Camilla Givens come to Sharon McCone with Camilla's stories of devil worshippers performing human sacrifices in San Francisco, the detective is skeptical, to say the least. However, when she discovers that Jay is involved with the treasure hunting group The Night Searchers, she starts looking into what exactly he and the other participants are up to after dark. As she digs deeper into the Searchers, Sharon joins their ranks in order to find out more-while someone is searching for her.

Pennies on a Dead Woman's Eyes

by Marcia Muller

It looked like a lost cause. Convicted of a brutal society murder in 1956, Lis Benedict had served a long sentence and just been released from jail. Then in a last desperate attempt to clear the Benedict name, her daughter Judy convinces All Souls Legal Cooperative to take her mother's case before the Historical Tribunal. Sharon McCone loves a challenge but has little affection for the cold and unlikable Lis. Then, suddenly, the woman in question is dead, a vicious threat is scrawled in red paint across the front of Sharon's house, and San Francisco's #1 P.I. is following a fresh trail of death that leads back to a wild debutante, a prestigious think tank, and the power politics of the 50s...all in search of a killer who has engineered a fatal cover-up and built a brilliant career on murder.

Pennies on a Dead Woman's Eyes (Sharon McCone Book 12)

by Marcia Muller

Convicted of a brutal society murder in 1956, Lis Benedict had served a long sentence and just been released from jail.

The Shape of Dread

by Marcia Muller

Bobby Foster, car-hop at the chic Cafe Comedie, is going to the gas chamber. He's already confessed to the murder of Tracy Kostakos, the club's rising star. But two years after the crime, Tracy's body is still missing and Bobby's confession is full of holes. All Souls Legal Cooperative's final appeal sends San Francisco's #1 P.I. Sharon McCone behind the footlights into the super-charged arena of anxious club owners and aspiring young hopefuls...into the fractured world of Tracy's privileged family and the mind of a young comedienne who was not the good little girl they thought they knew...into a labyrinth of death and deception where someone will kill to laugh last and get away with murder.

Skeleton in the Closet

by Marcia Muller

Sharon McCone is excited--and relieved--to move her detective agency into the perfect new office space. Unfortunately, real estate woes aren't the only headache that the new building brings into Sharon's life. Possible nineteenth century ghosts and a shady "intra-reality organization" ensure that Sharon's new office will bring as much excitement as any of her clients. Approx. 7000 words.

Tell Me Who I Am: A Sharon McCone Short Story

by Marcia Muller

From New York Times bestselling author Marcia Muller, a new short story featuring her beloved private investigator, Sharon McCone.

There's Nothing to Be Afraid Of

by Marcia Muller

The Globe Apartments, six stories of decaying brick and concrete, rises above San Francisco's volatile Tenderloin district. The seedy former hotel, once a haven for the city's down and out, now houses Vietnamese families striving to improve their lives. But P.I. Sharon McCone believes that someone from the Tenderloin's shadowy underworld is determined to drive the newcomers out. The suspects range from the colorful to the dangerous: a poetry-loving drifter, a mean-spirited preacher, a flower seller with a deadly touch, an enterprising pornographer, and a developer who'd like nothing better than to unload his worst investment - the Globe Hotel. When All Souls is called upon the pattern of intimidation, resentment explodes into murder. As McCone takes up the refugees' cause, she is drawn into the depths of the city's most hated industry - and into the secrets of San Francisco's buried past.

There's Nothing to Be Afraid of (Sharon McCone Book 6)

by Marcia Muller

Sharon McCone--whom the San Francisco Review of Books has praised as "easily the best in a recent spate of female detectives"--returns in her seventh adventure. Shortly before Christmas, she is hired by Vietnamese refugees occupying a seedy Tenderloin district hotel to investigate some strange goings-on. Sharon must walk a fine line in order to avoid danger in this tawdry refuge of the poor, the disabled, the disturbed, and the vicious: it seems someone is determined to oust her clients from the only home they have known in America. When resentment of the Vietnamese flares into murder, Sharon is confronted with any number of suspects. Could it be Brother Harry, the hate-filled street preacher? Or Otis Knox, the eccentric "porno king" of the district? What about Sallie Hyde, the child murderess turned flower seller? Perhaps it's Roy LaFond, the greedy developer who owns the hotel. All of them have their motives. Set against the stark backdrop of a part of San Francisco visitors and residents alike seldom see, There's Nothing to Be Afraid Of is a complex and absorbing puzzle.

There's Something in a Sunday

by Marcia Muller

It's a cold Sunday in San Francisco. Sharon McCone's alone on a routine surveillance job, following a man named Frank Wilkonson through the city's lush horticultural hot spots to the serene foothills of the Diablos. But when she returns to find her kindly old client in a pool of blood, nothing she's learned explains it. The search for answers takes her from Wilkonson's sullen brood on Burning Oak Ranch, to the eccentric havoc of a household in the Haight, to Golden Gate Park and the desperate digs of the homeless. Unraveling the threads that link a homeless man, a pair of prominent activists, a wayward rancher, and a mysterious missing beauty, Sharon is plunged into the depths of domestic mayhem... entering a realm where dreams shatter and marriage leads to bloody murder.

There's Something in a Sunday (Sharon McCone Book 8)

by Marcia Muller

After returning from a routine surveillance job, Sharon McCone finds her kindly old client lying in a pool of blood.

Till the Butchers Cut Him Down (Sharon McCone Book 14)

by Marcia Muller

P.I. Sharon McCone has struck out on her own and needs all the clients she can get - even a shady character from her Berkeley days. From the moment T.J. "Suitcase" Gordon whisks her off in his private helicopter, complaining of death threats, her life will never be the same....

Trophies and Dead Things

by Marcia Muller

When a former sixties radical is murdered during a string of random sniper attacks, the All Souls Legal Cooperative must settle his surprisingly large estate. P.I. Sharon McCone comes across a new will, made just days before he died, that disinherits his two children in favor of four unknown and unconnected parties. McCone sifts through Perry Hilderly's belongings, but finds little to explain this puzzling change -- until she uncovers a .357 with the serial number burned off. As McCone tracks down the new beneficiaries she discovers that the shootings aren't so random after all and that the dead man isn't the only one with a lurid past. To find the killer, she must follow a treacherous trail of evidence that travels from the Vietnam years to the present. But along the way the elusive sniper waits in a homicidal rage and takes aim -- this time at All Souls and Sharon McCone.

Vanishing Point (Sharon McCone Book 23)

by Marcia Muller

In the latest installment in this critically acclaimed series, McCone is hired to investigate one of San Luis Obispo County's most puzzling cold cases. A generation ago, Laurel Greenwood, a housewife and artist, inexplicably vanished, leaving her young daughter alone. Now, new evidence suggests that the missing woman may have led a strange double life. But before McCone can penetrate the tangled mystery, she must first solve a second disappearance that of her client, the now grown daughter of Laurel Greenwood. The case, which forces Sharon to explore the darker sides of two marriages, comes uncomfortably close on the heels of her own marriage to Hy Ripinsky, and she begins to doubt the wisdom of her impulsive trip to the Reno wedding chapel.

A Walk Through the Fire

by Marcia Muller

Sharon McCone, weary of San Francisco's persistent rainy weather, jumps at the chance to investigate sabotage on the set of a documentary film being shot on the island of Kauai. Based on the writings of Hawaiian scholar Elson Wellbright, the film has incited major controversy among some of Wellbright's family members who aren't anxious to see the project reach completion. Vandalism quickly escalates into big-time violence, and McCone discovers a world of family secrets, drug dealing, political insurgency, and murder in this new crime novel by one of the world's most beloved mystery writers.

A Walk Through the Fire (Sharon McCone Book 19)

by Marcia Muller

ALOHA MURDER! Accidents are plaguing a documentary film crew on breathtakingly beautiful Kauai. Can San Francisco P.I. Sharon McCone ferret out possible sabotage behind the scenes? The job sounds like a breeze--McCone envisions romantic, tropical nights with her lover, Hy Ripinsky. Instead, she finds a troubled paradise with rising tensions between native and non-native Hawaiians, a film going south fast, and a macabre ritual death. Then a mysterious local pilot rattles her commitment to Hy, and soon McCone is in danger herself... caught in the place Hawaiians call "ahi wela maka'u," the place between fire love and fire terror, the place where even a seasoned private eye can get burned.

Where Echoes Live

by Marcia Muller

Sharon McCone has been asked by a former colleague to look into the plans of a large corporation to reopen a gold mine near the Nevada border that could seriously endanger the ecosystem of the area. Following a trail of bizarre happenings, disappearances, and a bullet-ridden body, McCone's trail leads to her to a Hong Kong industrialist . . . and a killer bent on large-scale destruction. Can McCone find her way through this twisted landscape to find the killer and prevent another murder?

While Other People Sleep (Sharon McCone Book 18)

by Marcia Muller

It starts when Sharon McCone's acquaintance tells her that someone was pretending to be McCone at a party. The mysterious woman is handing out McCone's business cards, advising clients, and picking up men for intimate encounters. The woman's physical resemblance is uncanny. Her knowledge of McCone's life is chilling. To make matters worse, McCone's office manager, Ted Smalley, has been acting oddly. As she reluctantly decides to investigate Ted's behavior, McCone's double breaks into her house, interferes with her family, and leads McCone in a terrifying game of cat and mouse through the bizarre nightlife of San Francisco. McCone begins to uncover Ted's desperate problem, but the impostor escalates her dirty tricks. The determined PI must pull out all the stops to defeat the criminal hitting too close to home.

A Wild and Lonely Place

by Marcia Muller

The bestselling author of Till the Butchers Cut Him Down presents her latest mystery starring Saron McCone. Investigating a terrorist bombing at the Consulate of an Arab Emirate, Sharon is thinking only of the million-dollar-reward--until she meets the consul general's daughter. When the girl disappears, Sharon risks everything to save her.

Wolf in the Shadows

by Marcia Muller

Muller's popular heroine, San Francisco sleuth Sharon McCone, faces her greatest challenge when her boyfriend disappears while delivering a $2 million ransom for a kidnapped researcher. Each of Muller's mysteries sells more than the previous, and this 14th ties into her new July hardcover Till the Butchers Cut Him Down.

Wolf in the Shadows (Sharon McCone Book 13)

by Marcia Muller

Muller's popular heroine, San Francisco sleuth Sharon McCone, faces her greatest challenge when her boyfriend disappears while delivering a $2 million ransom for a kidnapped researcher. Each of Muller's mysteries sells more than the previous, and this 14th ties into her new July hardcover Till the Butchers Cut Him Down.

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