City of Whispers (Sharon McCone Series #28)

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Private eye Sharon McCone receives an email asking for help from her emotionally disturbed half–brother, Darcy Blackhawk, but he fails to reply to her response. As Sharon digs deeper, she discovers that Darcy sent his message from an Internet café in San Francisco, a city he's never been to before. Sensing that Darcy is in terrible danger, McCone begins a search for him throughout the city. The investigation leads her to the body of a woman at the Palace of Fine Arts, where a witness told her Darcy was headed. ...
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Private eye Sharon McCone receives an email asking for help from her emotionally disturbed half–brother, Darcy Blackhawk, but he fails to reply to her response. As Sharon digs deeper, she discovers that Darcy sent his message from an Internet café in San Francisco, a city he's never been to before. Sensing that Darcy is in terrible danger, McCone begins a search for him throughout the city. The investigation leads her to the body of a woman at the Palace of Fine Arts, where a witness told her Darcy was headed. As her search widens, Sharon uncovers a connection to an unsolved murder of a young woman who was heiress to a multi–million dollar banking fortune. Sharon must race to solve both murders and ensure her brother's safety, despite the imminent danger that lurks within her own family.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An e-mailed cry for help from Sharon McCone’s troubled half-brother, Darcy Blackhawk, sucks McCone into a treacherous vortex of madness, greed, and murder in bestseller Muller’s exciting 30th mystery starring the no-nonsense San Francisco PI (after 2010’s Coming Back). Though McCone, still recovering from the bullet to the brain that nearly killed her, has pressing problems of her own, she and nephew/operative Mick Savage must hustle to find the psychologically deteriorating Darcy, who’s disappeared. Their urgency increases as clues seem to link him with the unsolved strangling of a young heiress two years earlier—and a pair of fresher corpses. Alternating chapters narrated by different characters add to the suspense of the intricate plot, which propels readers through a San Francisco few tourists see—from Colma, the city’s necropolis, to the exclusive mansions of Sea Cliff—and to a harrowing, haunting denouement. (Oct.)
Library Journal
In Muller's 29th Sharon McCone mystery, the San Francisco snoop searches for Darcy Blackhawk, her emotionally disturbed half-brother, and stumbles upon a two-year-old unsolved murder of a young heiress to a multimillion-dollar banking fortune. Finding Darcy becomes linked to solving the earlier crime. Muller uses her locations well, spotlighting places known only to locals, but perhaps tries to juggle too many subplots and characters, about half related to McCone. Laura Hicks meets the challenge of the narrators alternating from chapter to chapter, but her tone occasionally becomes somewhat strident for no obvious reason. VERDICT Recommended for fans of Muller, women detectives, and San Francisco culture. ["Don't even consider missing the latest Sharon McCone case," read the review of the Grand Central hc, LJ 10/1/11.—Ed.]—Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Lib.
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Sharon McCone's 29th case is a search for her half brother.

McCone, who has two dysfunctional families to deal with—three if you count the father she recently located—receives an e-mail asking for help from her half brother Darcy Blackhawk, a druggie and petty thief who's been in and out of trouble all his life. To soothe Saskia, their birth mother, McCone asks her private-investigation agency's techno-nerd Mick Savage to troll San Francisco Internet cafes and see whether Darcy can be found. The trail focuses on a remark Darcy made about Gaby and a coral tree in a cemetery. Gaby, it turns out, has been dead two years, possibly a suicide but more probably a murder victim. Someone who's stashed Darcy away keeps sticking hyper-drug doses in his arms when he can't tell where some secret tapes have gone. McCone and Mick, hot on the trail, locate Gaby's legal guardian, now in sole charge of her inherited millions. They also identify The Four Musketeers, a group Gaby was involved with while doing volunteer work at a shelter, and learn that, slowly but surely, the quartet is being killed off. Mick will be attacked, McCone will be shot at and Hy Ripinsky, McCone's husband, will thwart a ransom demand before Darcy is once more settled in a comfy psych ward for detoxing.

A glib but neatly plotted adventure from an author whose heroine has almost as many relatives (Coming Back,2010, etc.) as fans.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609983864
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Series: Sharon McCone Series , #28
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Marcia Muller is the author of more than thirty–five novels including twenty–five featuring PI Sharon McCone. She's been recognized with the 2005 Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America, the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, a Ridley Award, an American Mystery Award, and the Anthony Award.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    City of boring

    Sorry, I tried to read this book, but started it three times and nothing seemed to get my attention. For me, it was a waste of money. I love Sue Grafton's mysteries, but this lady just does not have the charm that Grafton's novels exude.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    One of my favorite authors

    I look forward to reading Marcia Muller's books when they come out. I have been reading her books for years. The characters have grown up with me and I know their past like my friends. That being said, it feels like Muller is just "phoning it in" with this book. The plots are getting simpler. There is less character development. Even the regular characters barely get mention, let alone any depth. I'll probably read her next book, but I won't be eagerly anticipating it like I have in the past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Agreed!

    I'm also missing Muller's longer, more elaborate plots, and am less than thrilled with this new style of character 'voices' which at best are thinly written, and at worst a needless contrivance. I love these characters and Muller's storytelling has always been first rate, so I wonder what's going on for her these days that this is what she's turning out. Can't imagine she doesn't know it's not up to snuff.

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

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    What could he have done now? Where has he been? Why does he sh

    What could he have done now? Where has he been? Why does he show up when he needs something and then not allow us to know where he is?

    Those were questions Shar asked herself after she received an e-mail from her constantly absent half-brother, Darcy. She always helped him out, but she couldn't help if she couldn't find him. She was worried that this time he was truly in deep trouble.

    The story takes place in San Francisco in wealthy neighborhoods and also in squalor. You can guess where they were looking for Darcy. The book centered on the search for Darcy and also on his role in the murder of Gaby. His return to the city prompted the re-investigation of Gaby's murder.

    The chapters were divided into the book’s characters describing each character's role in the search for Darcy. Luckily Shar and her co-workers were good at detective work.

    Each suspect in the murder had something to hide and each suspect kept quiet. Gaby had been dead for two years, and opening up the investigation caused those involved to become alarmed and to hide more secrets and cover up what happened with more murders. There were some characters who you would readily suspect and others that will surprise you. The characters were likable, and they all had their secrets….”Secrets, damned secrets.” Page 193 According to Sharon, secrets were the root of all evil….she even had some of her own.

    This is the first Sharon McCone mystery I have read. Not bad, but not a gripper.

    The author, Marcia Muller, has a good writing style, and I liked how she set up each chapter. It became more gripping toward the end. I would not be opposed to reading more of Ms. Muller’s work. 4/5

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

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    Sharon McCone is a winner every time . . .

    I like this character enough that I am willing to read her any way I can get her, but I am about to lose patience with the way these past 3 books have been written. I disliked the Darcy Blackhawk entries and actually don't like the format of a different voice for each chapter. They are about 1/3 the size of the usual Sharon McCone stories; I miss the full size novels with the impeccable plots . . .will we ever see these again?

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