Both Ends of the Night (Sharon McCone Series #17)

Both Ends of the Night (Sharon McCone Series #17)

by Marcia Muller
     
 

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McCone's flying instructor Matty asks for help when her lover goes missing. Then, during an airshow, Matty's plane suddenly crashes. Convinced this is not an accident, McCone follows a trail of leads, and confronts the man who ordered Matty's death.See more details below

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McCone's flying instructor Matty asks for help when her lover goes missing. Then, during an airshow, Matty's plane suddenly crashes. Convinced this is not an accident, McCone follows a trail of leads, and confronts the man who ordered Matty's death.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
San Francisco PI Sharon McCone, in her 18th adventure (following The Broken Promise Land), loses a good friend and picks up a long, twisted trail of murders. Sharon's former flight instructor, Matty Wildress, dies in an aerobatics plane crash soon after asking Sharon for help. The man Matty loves, John Seabrook, has suddenly vanished, leaving his 11-year-old son, Zach, behind, and warning Matty to disappear, too. Sharon and her lover, Hy Ripinski, understanding that the crash was no accident, dig into Seabrook's background. Sharon's computer-savvy nephew, Mick, traces him to Florida, where he had pulled a similar vanishing act 10 years ago after his wife was shot to death. His trail leads to an Arkansas aircraft factory with sidelines in drugs and murder. The amoral boss there, Dunc Stirling, has also dropped out of sight. Believing that Stirling may lead them to Seabrook and to Matty's killer, Sharon and Hy call upon their best flying skills as they follow this theory deep into frozen northern woodlands. Muller plays the tragedy of Matty, Zach and Seabrook against the problems of Sharon's own family, imperfect but loving and supportive. Poignancy, page-turning action and a standout cast add up to another winner in this outstanding series. Major ad/promo. (July) FYI: On the back of the jacket and flap copy, the publisher is offering a $1 rebate off the cover price of this title.
Library Journal
Muller's Sharon McCone mysteries always seem to end up as main selections of the Mystery Guild. Here, McCone investigates a suspicious plane crash that claims a friend's beau.
Kirkus Reviews
The insular world of small airports, small planes, stunt flying, and flight instruction is explored in exhaustive detail in p.i. Sharon McCone's 18th case (The Broken Promise Land, 1996, etc.). Sharon has become a licensed pilot under the tutelage of tender-tough instructor Matty Windress at Los Alegres Municipal Airport, a short hop from San Francisco, where Sharon runs her investigative agency. Matty has lived for the last year with her boyfriend, John Seabrook, owner of a tree farm, and his young son Zachary. Now Seabrook has vanished, leaving Zachary behind, and Matty hires Sharon to find him. Matty knows nothing of Seabrook's past, but a letter surfaces within days instructing her to immediately withdraw the $70,000 he's wired into her bank account, then to take Zachary and disappear, telling no one her whereabouts. Matty balks—insists on carrying through her commitment to perform in an upcoming air show, and is killed when her plane crashes to the ground, sabotaged despite the efforts of Sharon and her lover Hy Ripinsky, once a flight instructor, to oversee the plane's safety. A saddened Sharon stashes Zachary with an old lawyer friend and gets to the business of dredging up Seabrook's life, using nephew Mick's computer skills; questioning every appropriate source; hopscotching the country in Hy's small plane or on commercial lines. There are more killings before she and Hy track down the root source of all the mayhem—Stirling Aviation, a manufacturing firm in Arkansas; its board of directors; its long- missing former head Duncan Stirling, and an old, still reverberating scandal.

An overextended story that rambles all over the map—literally and otherwise—but still manages to excite and hold the reader's attention. Another sturdy performance from an old hand.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446605502
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
Sharon McCone Series, #17
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.87(d)

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