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Listen to the silence
Muller, Marcia.
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Publication Information:
New York : Mysterious Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
289 pages ; 24 cm
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Central Library X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Alden Ewell Free Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Boston Free Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
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Grand Island Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Lancaster Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
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Upon the death of her father, San Francisco-based PI Sharon McCone discovers she's adopted and is determined to find her biological parents. She journeys to Idaho's Flathead Reservation for answers but discovers some locals who will stop at nothing to keep certain secrets hidden.

Author Notes

Marcia Muller, novelist, short-story writer and anthologist, was born in Detroit in 1944. She attended the University of Michigan, where she studied writing.

Edwin of the Iron Shoes (1977) was her first book featuring Sharon McCone, a female private eye strong enough to compete in the male-dominated crime genre. In 1993, Muller was given the Private Eye Writers of America Life Achievement Award, and the following year her novel Wolf in the Shadows won the Anthony Boucher Award and was nominated for the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Crime Novel.

Muller is the co-author of the Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery series with Bill Pronzini.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Muller's Sharon McCone, one of the mystery genre's pioneer female private investigators, has been solving crimes since 1971. Her new case turns out to be very personal. In the midst of a number of changes in her life, Sharon is celebrating the marriage of her assistant, Rae Kelleher, when she receives a telephone call. Her father has died and left instructions that only she may sort his personal property. What Sharon finds there leads to a search for her roots. The journey takes her to a Shoshone reservation in Montana, to Boise, and to a ghost town in Modoc County, California. Encounters with an environmentalist lawyer, a bigoted developer, and a Native American artist all contribute to what Sharon discovers about her family--revelations that both uncover old secrets and spark new conflicts. As a result, she must assess her relationships with all of her relatives--new and old--and resolve an identity crisis. In the process, there's also a killer to catch. McCone fans will enjoy learning more about their hero, who emerges in the end with new strength and a greater appreciation of family. Those encountering Muller's work for the first time will be inspired to read all 20 of the previous McCone books. --Barbara Bibel

Publisher's Weekly Review

Boucher Award-winner Muller is back on form (after last year's somewhat disappointing and atypical A Walk Through Fire) in this latest entry in her deservedly popular series featuring PI Sharon McCone. In a personal twist, McCone has to crack one of her toughest cases yet: the mystery of her own life. Her father's death brings McCone not only sadness but the shocking revelation that she was adopted. The search for her birth parents takes her to a Shoshone reservation in Idaho, where an old man named Elwood Farmer offers cryptic advice. Armed with an old photograph in a buffalo-bone frame, McCone tracks down Saskia Blackhawk, the woman she believes to be her birth mother, only to see her put into a coma by a hit-and-run. Saskia, a lawyer, had been battling with Austin DeCarlo, a developer, over Spirit Lake, an area Modoc Indians consider sacred, but DeCarlo considers ripe for a resort. DeCarlo may be McCone's biological father, which would mean that her father may be trying to kill her mother. Meanwhile, professional troublemaker Jimmy D. Bearpaw seems happy to play on either side of the fence as long as he can make life hard for everybody. McCone must sort out the current legal tangles and ask some tough questions if she's to discover what really happened 40 years agoÄand facing some important family truths may be harder than confronting a killer. Although Muller gives a long-ago murder curiously short shrift, she delivers an emotion-packed tale that adds new depth to her heroine. Mystery Guild main selection. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

When Sharon McCone's father dies unexpectedly, she inherits the daunting task of going through boxes of his personal effects. Among them she finds adoption papers with her name on them, a shock to say the least. As she begins to poll her family, more questions than answers emerge. Sharon travels to Montana to talk to distant Shoshone relatives and then to a ghost town and a sacred Indian lake in California. All of this investigating leads to a breach with her mother as well as to old family secrets and a murder; it seems no one wants her to discover the truth. Kathy Garver's narration is serviceable, with good pacing as Sharon's past is slowly revealed. Fans of Muller have a treat in store for them: this story answers many questions concerning the main characters. Recommended for all public libraries.ÄBarbara Perkins, Irving P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-Sharon McCone is celebrating her colleague's wedding when the phone call comes informing her of her father's death. His final instructions are explicit: Sharon is to be the only one to go through his personal papers. In them, she finds a document confirming her adoption. This comes as a total and devastating surprise to her. Determined to find the identity of her birth parents, she travels from a Shoshone Indian reservation in Montana to a ghost town in California. She discovers deceptions, family intrigues, mysterious land deals, a murder, and has her life threatened more than once. Teens will be fascinated by Sharon's search for her roots, and the ending has a twist that will make them eager to read the earlier McCone mysteries as well.-Katherine Fitch, Rachel Carson Middle School, Fairfax, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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