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Cape Perdidoby Marcia Muller
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- Muller's McCone series has consistently received strong reviews from national publications, including the New York Times Book Review, San Francisco Chronicle, and USA TODAY, among others. Dead Midnight was published by Warner in 7/03 and hit the Los Angeles Times bestseller list, grossing over 76,000 copies.- Marcia Muller is the recipient of the Private live Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award. All the Sharon McCone novels and Muller's two previous stand-alones were Main Selections of The Mystery Guild.- Wolf in the Shadows (Warner, 2001) was nominated for an Edgar Award and won the Anthony Boucher Award.
"MWA Grand Master Muller delivers a relatively routine stand-alone, a murder mystery with an environmental veneer, which falls short of the quality of her acclaimed Sharon McCone series (The Dangerous Hour, etc.). When a greedy North Carolina corporation seeks to harvest water from a quiet California lumber town — the Cape Perdido of the title — Jessie Domingo, a public and community relations consultant, and Fitch Collier, an arrogant and difficult attorney who specializes in water rights, team up to help the community fight the interloper. The conflict between the townspeople and the company rapidly escalates after a sniper takes a shot at one of the huge bags to be used to transport the water. The lingering shadow from a decades-old unsolved murder connected to many of the local players in the dispute complicates Domingo's work and leads to even more violence. Less than compelling characters and a pat ending mark this as an uncharacteristic lapse for Muller, who hopefully will return to form with her next book. Agent, Molly Friedrich. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Once a lumber town, Cape Perdido is now a getaway for tourists and outdoor recreationists. But when the water harvesting plans of a North Carolina company threaten the residents' livelihoods, four people get caught up in the fight to save the town.
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