Sharon McCone Series, No 29
Grand Central Publishing
October 28th, 2010/ ISBN 978-0446581066
by Susan Johnson
Marcia Muller has been writing the character of Sharon McCone
for many years. Sharon has always been a strong, independent woman
who makes her way through the world on her on two feet.
However since her previous book, Locked In those feet have stumbled
and had a very rough path to follow. In the book Locked In. Sharon
is shot in the head and suffers a syndrome known as “Locked
in.” She was paralyzed and could not communicate, but her
mind was clear and alert. In effect, she was locked in her own mind.
Now after months of physical therapy, Sharon is ready to return
to her work as a San Francisco private detective. Her coworkers
are showing some doubt. Her husband is driving her crazy because
she refuses any help and he hates to watch her struggle with everyday
While in rehab, Sharon made friends with a young woman named Piper
Quinn. Now Piper is missing, and Sharon will do whatever it takes
to find her friend. She has restrictions on her driving, so she
enlists the help of her young neighbor and soon finds that she is
risking not only her life but the life of friends, neighbors and
family in her search for the young woman.
How refreshing it is to see a writer take her character in a new
direction after so many books. For a change, Sharon is not strong
and indispensable but must ask for help from others in spite of
her indomitable spirit.
Sharon McCone will always be the standard to which other writers
compare their female investigators.