Synopses & Reviews
In Locked In, San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone was shot in the head and suffered from locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but with an alert, conscious mind. Now, as Sharon struggles to regain control over her body, she wants everything to go back to normal, but realizes that it may not be possible to return to her old life. Meanwhile, Sharon's relationships are suffering. Her husband is impatient with her refusal to accept help and some of her colleagues doubt her abilities after the accident. But when Sharon's friend from physical therapy goes missing, she must call upon those closest to her to find out the truth behind the disappearance. The investigation soon points to issues of national security and proves to be the most dangerous and critical case yet for Sharon and her colleagues.
"In Muller's brisk, carefully crafted 28th Sharon McCone mystery, the San Francisco PI, who's recovering from a debilitating bullet wound to the head suffered in 2009's Locked In, becomes alarmed when a close friend, Piper Quinn, abruptly stops coming to their rehab center. When McCone visits Quinn, whose husband was killed in Iraq, she finds her semi-conscious, watched over by a sinister and evasive caregiver. A further visit by Adah Joslyn, McCone's office manager, finds Piper gone and her apartment scrupulously and professionally cleaned. Shortly afterward, Adah herself vanishes. When McCone Investigations' shrewd employees pool their impressive abilities and connections to find the two missing women, early evidence suggests that a malevolent and clandestine intelligence agency might be deeply involved. Each chapter neatly dovetails with the next and each supporting character plays a key small role as the action builds to a gripping conclusion. (Oct.) When the stabbed body of Jaycees president Carl Atkinson turns up in a coffin at the Jaycees' Halloween haunted house fund-raiser, Barry Clayton investigates in de Castrique's absorbing fifth mystery to feature the Gainesboro, N.C., undertaker and police officer. Since Carl wasn't supposed to be in the coffin, might someone else have been the intended victim? Barry's carefully ordered universe shifts on the arrival of his ex-wife, Rachel, a reporter for a cable news network, looking for the scoop of a lifetime. As Barry and his fellow cops try to solve the Atkinson murder without upsetting Carl's town-bigwig father, they must also contend with a shooting incident, an illicit affair, spousal abuse, and Christmas tree rustlers. Filled with ample wit, wry humor, and multiple plot twists, this is a fine place to start for anyone who has yet to meet Buryin' Barry and a welcome visit for those who have. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone is shot in the head and suffers from locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but with an alert, conscious mind. When her friend from physical therapy goes missing, she must call upon those closest to her to find out the truth behind the disappearance.
About the Author
MARCIA MULLER has written many novels and short stories. Her novel WOLF IN THE SHADOWS won the Anthony Boucher Award. The recipient of the Private Eye Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award--their highest accolade--she lives in northern California with her husband, mystery writer Bill Pronzini.