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Till the Butchers Cut Him Down (Sharon McCone Series #14)
     

Till the Butchers Cut Him Down (Sharon McCone Series #14)

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by Marcia Muller
 

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P.I. Sharon McCone has struck out on her own and needs all the clients she can get - even a shady character from her Berkeley days. From the moment T.J. "Suitcase" Gordon whisks her off in his private helicopter, complaining of death threats, her life will never be the same....

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P.I. Sharon McCone has struck out on her own and needs all the clients she can get - even a shady character from her Berkeley days. From the moment T.J. "Suitcase" Gordon whisks her off in his private helicopter, complaining of death threats, her life will never be the same....

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While Muller continues to reveal new facets of character in her San Francisco PI, Sharon McCone, this latest case, the 15th, is considerably tamer than the Mexican border skirmishing featured in her 1993 Edgar-nominated A Wolf in the Shadows. McCone has just left the All-Souls Legal Cooperative and opened her own business when an eccentric friend from her UC-Berkeley days, who now specializes in rescuing failing corporations, asks her to find out who is sabotaging his efforts to save a San Francisco shipping firm and threatening his life. T. J. ``Suitcase'' Gordon reports some odd accidents, but McCone suspects that the obsessively private man may also be paranoid. She meets Gordon's wife Anna, who could have been her sister (``we looked that much alike''), but then an explosion destroys the Gordons' secluded northern California home, leaving Anna dead. With Gordon in reclusive mourning, Sharon investigates two of his past projects, one in a revived Nevada ghost town and another at a moribund steel center in Pennsylvania. Unearthing possible revenge motives and another murder victim, she draws the killer's malevolent attention to herself back in San Francisco. A final, abrupt climax caps this adventure, whose cast--outside of always amiable Sharon, her eager, troublesome nephew/assistant and her barely glimpsed lover, Hy Ripinsky--is a generally unengaging lot. Mystery Guild selection. (July)
Library Journal
Problems of the heart, ambivalent feelings of independence, and acute observations of reality lend investigator Sharon McCone a solid and enduring foundation of credibility. The San Francisco series heroine opens McCone Investigations with the bizarre case of a long-ago friend and onetime lover who believes someone wants him dead. McCone must first separate truth from fantasy, since the highly paid but lonely corporate turnaround man may just be paranoid, imagining several attempts on his life. Muller (Pennies on a Dead Woman's Eyes, LJ 6/1/92) maintains her exemplary high standards: great female private eye, smooth flowing narrative, and riveting plot.
Emily Melton
Muller took a giant step--and a big risk--in 1977, introducing Sharon McCone, first of the strong, tough, savvy new breed of female private investigators. Since then, of course, the female sleuth has become the hottest trend in the genre. Despite the popularity of your Warshawskis and your Millhones, however, Muller's McCone remains the grand lady of them all--less abrasive, more refined, not as mouthy, but at least as smart, adventurous, and likable as V. I., Kinsey, or any of the hundreds of others on the beat. Muller's fifteenth McCone mystery is one of her best, with a voice from the heroine's past providing the impetus for her latest case. "Suits" Gordon, a scheming hippie drug dealer on McCone's college campus 17 years ago, is now a "turnaround man," a troubleshooting guru who fixes corporate disasters about to happen. The techniques Suits uses guarantee he'll make enemies, and now one of those enemies is harassing him in some very nasty ways. He asks McCone to protect him from his unseen adversaries. Then Suits' wife is killed in a tragic explosion, Suits disappears, and McCone is left to uncover the truth about her friend from a maze of cryptic clues. Fine writing, an original plot filled with plenty of unusual twists, and rapid-fire action, plus McCone's ingenuity, sparkle, grit, and her very human vulnerability add up to one terrific book--sure to be a best-seller.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446561600
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
05/30/2009
Series:
Sharon McCone Series , #14
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
268,265
File size:
904 KB

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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