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by Marcia Muller
     
 

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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,

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
Library Journal
Rehab is hard work. Seven months after emerging from Locked-In Syndrome (as recounted in Locked In), Sharon McCone has been laboring to regain speech and motor control, working daily at physical therapy alongside Piper Quinn, victim of a devastating car accident. When Quinn misses days of exercise, McCone is worried enough to track her down, and when all traces of her and her fellow apartment building residents vanish overnight, McCone calls investigator Adah Joslyn for help. But when Joslyn also disappears, McCone realizes that her lack of follow-up has put her colleague in peril. As McCone chafes at being considered "special" and restricted from driving or piloting a plane, she finds her agency up against a ruthless rogue intelligence group, disbanded by the Obama administration but still operating and going after intelligence gathered by Quinn's ex-husband in Iraq. VERDICT What sets this novel far above the standard is Muller's sensitive and poignant description of McCone's struggles to regain her abilities—once again to be the brave and self-sufficient woman her husband Hy Ripinsky fell in love with. (And if Muller seems to preach about the danger of quasi-government and paramilitary organizations, her warnings sound justified.) Seeing Sharon McCone come back is a special pleasure—don't miss it. [Muller is married to mystery author Bill Pronzini, whose latest book, The Hidden, is reviewed below.—Ed.]—Michele Leber, Arlington, VA
Kirkus Reviews

Sharon McCone's 28th case.

After a bullet put her out of commission for the better part of a year while she learned to walk and talk and reestablish some semblance of independence, McCone has one more indignity to suffer through: her kith and kin's conviction that she's less than she was before, more prone to mistakes, less proficient as a private eye. When Piper Quinn, who like McCone is climbing back from physical problems, misses five days of rehab, McCone goes looking for her and finds that not only has her apartment been dismantled and repainted, but the neighbors swear she never lived there. McCone calls on Adah Joslyn, from her agency, for assistance. Adah's disappearance sends her into full investigative mode. Using his secret government contacts, McCone's husband, Hy Ripinsky, learns that Piper's ex-husband, supposedly killed in Iraq, did hush-hush work for rogue elements not accountable to Congress. Now the hunt is truly on, with no clear indication who'll surface first: Piper, her ex or Adah. McCone and Ripinsky take helicopters, buses and vintage cars to suspect locations while their employees fiddle with flow charts, telecommunications and legwork. They turn up a few extraneous bodies, but not the ones they're looking for until McCone's expended almost all her limited strength and Ripinsky's been dinged in the shoulder.

Glib and heavy-handed. Muller (Locked In, 2009, etc.) tackles security forces run amok with all the subtlety of a supermarket tabloid.

From the Publisher
"After all these years, Muller's series remains a gold standard for female detective stories."—Kirkus, starred review"

Top-notch mystery and more from one of the genre's Grand Masters."—Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446581066
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/2010
Series:
Sharon McCone Series, #27
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet 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.

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Coming Back 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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Dark and gritty, the Sharon McCone mysteries always keep me enthralled. This was no different. Sharon's impatience with her weakness will keep her more short-tempered than usual. She must face her own doubts as well as those of her employees as they try to track down a missing woman.
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As always, the story was great. Could do without the political editorials that really have nothing to do with the story. I am a great fan of McCone & Muller, not so much her political endorsements.
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bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Coming Back is the first book of Marcia's that I've read and I'm hooked! Sharon is a fantastic character and Marcia's writing is addictive. I've added her to my favorite authors list and now I need to go back and read the rest of this series. I would give this book five stars.
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cewilch More than 1 year ago
I haven't been as pleased with the last two books, LOCKED IN and COMING BACK - The writing style has been so different in these last two - not as suspenseful with a fast-moving plot - that I almost wondered if someone else was writing these books, or worse yet, that the author was thinking of ending this series - I hope not. In COMING BACK, each chapter was told in the voice of a different character; in my opinion this makes the story seem a bit disjointed. I long for the Sharon McCone books of old, before these last two.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
San Francisco private investigator Sharon McCone still recovers from the bullet she took to her head that left her mind intact Locked In her paralyzed body. However, she becomes concerned when her widow friend Piper Quinn suddenly without warning stops coming to the rehab center they both use. Worried as the sleuth knows Piper has not moved on past the death of her husband in combat in Iraq, Sharon goes to the Quinn home. There she finds her buddy in a semi-comatose sate with a mean spirited care provider not wanting any visitors. Sharon sends her office manager Adah Joslyn to see if Piper needs anything. However, Piper is gone and her apartment immaculately cleaned as if no one lived there. Soon after her visit, Adah disappears. Sharon and her crew at McCone Investigations begin snooping, but the clues they uncover hint at a top secret government intelligence agency. This is a great McCone thriller that hooks the reader from the opening scene as the heroine struggles to come back from her horrific injuries and never slows down until the finish. The story line is fast-paced and affirms that marvelous Marcia Mueller is one of the genre's best. Set aside time, as this McCone masterpiece is difficult to put down. Harriet Klausner