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The Night Searchers
     

The Night Searchers

3.8 5
by Marcia Muller
 

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When new clients Jay and Camilla Givens come to Sharon McCone with Camilla's stories of devil worshippers performing human sacrifices in San Francisco, the detective is skeptical, to say the least. However, when she discovers that Jay is involved with the treasure hunting group The Night Searchers, she starts looking into what exactly he and the other participants

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When new clients Jay and Camilla Givens come to Sharon McCone with Camilla's stories of devil worshippers performing human sacrifices in San Francisco, the detective is skeptical, to say the least. However, when she discovers that Jay is involved with the treasure hunting group The Night Searchers, she starts looking into what exactly he and the other participants are up to after dark. As she digs deeper into the Searchers, Sharon joins their ranks in order to find out more-while someone is searching for her.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Marilyn Stasio
[Muller] does something…daring by giving The Night Searchers the clean, classic moves of her earliest novels. It's refreshing to watch her revered sleuth personally handle the low-tech job of following a rich young couple around town…It's the perfect narrative structure for Muller, who is never better than when she's roaming the streets of the city she knows and loves so well.
Publishers Weekly
06/02/2014
At the start of MWA Grand Master Muller’s absorbing 32nd Sharon McCone mystery (after 2012’s Looking for Yesterday), Jay and Camilla Givens, an attractive young couple who live in San Francisco’s upscale Russian Hill neighborhood, come to the PI with a disturbing story. Camilla claims that one evening, while walking past a vacant lot, she saw people in hoods about to sacrifice an infant on “an outdoor fireplace, probably bought from Williams-Sonoma.” Jay is skeptical of his wife’s tale, as is McCone, who pegs Camilla as “an emotional defective.” But she agrees to look into the matter, and soon discovers that Jay has ties to a shadowy treasure-hunting cult called the Night Searchers. Accompanied by her handsome nephew, computer whiz Mick Savage, McCone covertly joins the group for a harrowing night on the town. McCone’s daring and smarts make her an irresistible heroine. The brisk narrative vividly evokes contemporary San Francisco. Agent: Molly Friedrich, Friedrich Literary. (July)
From the Publisher
Sharon McCone, the private investigator in Marcia Muller's detective stories, solved her first case in 1977, so Muller is entitled to go crazy on an assignment that takes this sturdy series to the 30-book mark. She does something more daring by giving THE NIGHT SEARCHERS the clean, classic moves of her earliest novels. It's refreshing to watch her revered sleuth personally handle the low-tech job of following a rich young couple around town. McCone is investigating the wife's sightings of a cult of devil-worshipers supposedly offering human sacrifices in the nicer sections of San Francisco.

McCone was never a loner. She started out working for a co-op of legal aid lawyers, and she maintains a full staff of operatives at her own shop. But this time, she's not as involved with her husband's hush-hush overseas business, and her demanding extended family seems to be managing its domestic problems without her. McCone uses that freedom to infiltrate a vaguely sinister group of treasure hunters who prowl the city by night, searching for clues in places like Alamo Square and Aquatic Park and the Maritime Museum down by the bay. It's the perfect narrative structure for Muller, who is never better than when she's roaming the streets of the city she knows and loves so well.—New York Times Book Review

At the start of MWA Grand Master Muller's absorbing 32nd Sharon McCone mystery (after 2012's Looking for Yesterday), Jay and Camilla Givens, an attractive young couple who live in San Francisco's upscale Russian Hill neighborhood, come to the PI with a disturbing story. Camilla claims that one evening, while walking past a vacant lot, she saw people in hoods about to sacrifice an infant on "an outdoor fireplace, probably bought from Williams-Sonoma." Jay is skeptical of his wife's tale, as is McCone, who pegs Camilla as "an emotional defective." But she agrees to look into the matter, and soon discovers that Jay has ties to a shadowy treasure-hunting cult called the Night Searchers. Accompanied by her handsome nephew, computer whiz Mick Savage, McCone covertly joins the group for a harrowing night on the town. McCone's daring and smarts make her an irresistible heroine. The brisk narrative vividly evokes contemporary San Francisco.—Publishers Weekly

How time does fly! This is book number thirty-one in the Sharon McCone Mystery series, with a plot so imaginative that readers will have no choice but to sit down and settle in for an exciting read they will not forget...The action never slows down, as the two investigators and their employees find themselves dead center in the middle of a truly bizarre group of folks that the reader will never forget. This is a definite keeper!—Suspense Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455527939
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Series:
Sharon McCone Series , #30
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Marcia Muller has written many novels and short stories. She has won six Anthony Awards, a Shamus Award, and is also the recipient of the Private Eye Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award as well as 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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The Night Searchers 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ruthwh More than 1 year ago
I LOVE IT and I can't wait for the next Sharon McCone paperback!!
Pippen More than 1 year ago
Always like Muller's book. Read every one of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Sharon McCone undertakes two peculiar cases, sort of interrelated. The first is brought to her by an attorney who introduces Sharon to Jay and Camilla Givens. The other is handed over to her by her husband, who operates a separate security agency, when he is called overseas on a secret mission. This one involves a kidnapping of one of his clients. It appears that Camilla “sees” devil worshipers performing human sacrifices in an undeveloped area in San Francisco. Meanwhile, Sharon learns that both Jay and the kidnapping victim are involved in a group that partakes in night forays, following clues, hunting treasure and, apparently, performing weird acts. Just how all these factors add up to Sharon solving both cases is the basis for a wide-ranging story. While the plot is worthy of note, it is complicated and ssomewhat loosely written and disjointed. The author does keep Sharon and her husband, Hy Ripinski, fresh and up to date, continuing their development as characters in this long-running series, and it is recommended.
aries68 More than 1 year ago
Night searchers was different from how marcia muller writes sharon mccone mysteries. It was a good book but not as exciting as the other sharon mccone mysteries.