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Both Ends of the Night [Mass Market Paperback]

Marcia Muller
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June 1 1998 Sharon McCone Mysteries
McCone's flying instructor Matty asks for help when her lover goes missing. Then, during an airshow, Matty's plane suddenly crashes. Convinced this is not an accident, McCone follows a trail of leads, and confronts the man who ordered Matty's death.

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San Francisco-based private detective Sharon McCone is tracking a man whose actions have already caused the deaths of two women who loved and trusted him in the 18th installment of this memorable series. Because Marcia Muller's books are as much about McCone's relationships with her extended, occasionally dysfunctional family as they are about the cases themselves, first-time visitors might have trouble sorting out all the relatives. But, as always, the rewards are well worth the effort. In this case, there are several evocative flying scenes that help groundlings understand why people do it, a stinging attack on the callousness of the Witness Protection Program, and more glimpses into the tangled soul of Hy Ripinsky, McCone's interesting lover. Other McCone adventures in paperback include The Broken Promise Land, A Wild and Lonely Place, Till the Butchers Cut Him Down, and Wolf in the Shadows. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Private investigator Sharon McCone agrees to help Matty, her friend and former flight instructor, investigate the disappearance of her boyfriend, John Seabrook. When Matty dies in a suspicious plane crash, McCone is convinced Seabrook's disappearance is connected to her friend's death and will stop at nothing to solve the case. Narrator Jean Reed Bahle's pleasant tone makes McCone an inviting, likable character for listeners. Her evenly paced reading reflects the persistent nature of the detective as she slowly but surely uncovers the truth. Despite the narrator's fine work, the use of low-quality sound effects seriously mars the program. Flashbacks, public address announcements, and characters' inner thoughts sound as if the narrator is talking from the bottom of the same well. Libraries can pass on this mediocre production.?Mark Tierney, Charles Cty. Pub. Sch., Waldorf, Md.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I Keep Reading Oct. 24 2003
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I keep coming back for Muller's next Sharon McCone story, so it's safe to conclude that I have enjoyed the series so far. By number 19, it's become as much about McCone and her extended family of familiar characters as it is about the mysteries. For that reason, I suggest that somebody new to the McCone books not start with this one. You can, but it all works better if you have some background.
I didn't find BOTH ENDS OF THE NIGHT to be one of Ms. Mullers' most compelling mysteries. It held my interest all the way through, but there was a little more rhapsodizing on the joys of airplane piloting than I wanted. I also thought that there weren't many real surprises in this one and the climax was too straightforward and obvious. Further, given the personal history of the guy living in the woods, he wouldn't have been difficult for a wealthy father to locate over the course of ten years.
I have enjoyed Mullers' McCone novels and will certainly read more of them. This one, however, while OK, was a bit of a letdown. Not bad, but not one of the best. I'm not suggesting that people (especially fans) not read it, just that there are others I liked better. My four-star rating on this one is a bit soft.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catch up with Sharon's latest adventure! Aug. 22 2000
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During the time I've known her, Sharon McCone's career has advanced from humble beginnings as an investigator in a co-operative legal service to owning her own private investigation agency employing several operatives and a computer guru. She's moved from a tiny studio apartment with eccentric neighbours to a fully renovated house with two cats and has a half share in a property on the coast. She has learned to fly and become an accomplished pilot. After a series of go-nowhere relationships, she's finally settled into a comfortable long-term partnership, on her terms, with someone who doesn't want to change her. She's been shot at, beaten up and got herself into and out of every sort of dangerous situation. She's a product of Marcia Muller's imagination, and every time I open one of her novels, I feel like I'm catching up with an old friend.
When Matty, the woman who taught Sharon to fly contacts her with a rather transparent excuse for a meeting, Sharon soon finds herself on another case. Turns out the instructor's live-in lover has disappeared, leaving Matty with his adolescent son and $70,000 in the bank. When she finds a message from her missing lover warning that her life may be in danger, Matty refuses to forego a planned aerobatic air show, with disastrous results. Sharon finds herself with a grieving boy on her hands, but luckily, her network of friends are more than willing to help. Soon Sharon finds the missing man is not who everyone thinks he is and she, together with her lover, Hy Ripinsky, set off across the country on a search for the truth. And the truth is not pretty, as they uncover a network of corruption involving a large corporation and government, while desperately trying to stay alive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Muller's Best Aug. 18 2000
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"Both Ends of the Night" is one of the best of the Sharon McCone novels. McCone is hired by Matty Wildress, who was McCone's flight instructor when Sharon got her pilot's license, to find her lover, John Seabrook, who had disappeared. Matty does aerobatics and had one final meet for the year. Before that she gets a letter from John telling her not to fly in the last meet. He puts $70,000 into Matty's account and asks her to take his son, Zach, and flee California. Matty choses to fly anyway, and dies in a crash while performing a simple move for her. Since Matty is McCone's friend, McCone continues her investigation. because the murder of Matty and John Seabrook's disappearance, seem to be conected. McCone's lover, Hy Ripinsky, who is usually a minor character, plays a major role helping Sharon to find Matty's killer because of his friendship with Matty from years back. They uncover corporate corruption, government witness programs, and people who will stop at nothing to fulfill their dreams. This novel is very well written. The characters are well-drawn and Muller is one of the best at putting the reader there. I had shivers when she and Hy were in sub-zero weather in Minnesota. An excellent novel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner by a great storyteller June 9 1997
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Three years ago, Matty Wildress taught private detective Sharon McCone how to fly an airplane.
It is time for Sharon to renew her flying license, so she goes to see Matty, who she has not seen
in a while. Matty does not seem like the same person as Sharon once trained under. She is
nervous and upset because her lover John Seabrook has disappeared, leaving behind his
pre-teen son to be watched by Matty. A week later, Matty receives a letter from John pleading
with her to immediately flee town (with the lad in hand) before something terrible happens to her
(or the child). Matty plans to heed the advice, but only after she does one last air show.
Shockingly, the plane crashes killing Matty.
.......Sharon cannot ignore the death of her friend. She begins to investigate the missing John and, with
the help of her nephew, traces the vanished man to Florida. Further investigation proves that John
has pulled this stunt at least once before, apparently a decade ago following the murder of his
spouse. As she gets closer to the truth, Sharon, with the help of her lover, place themselves in
danger, needing their best flying skills to survive.
.......BOTH ENDS OF THE NIGHT is the eighteenth Sharon McCone story and surprisingly with
that girth of books and the decade that has passed since the first tale, the novel and the character
remain extremely fresh as if it is the first story of this classic series. The San Francisco-based
McCone is a great female detective and the current story line is fast-paced and exciting.
However, what makes Marcia Muller's novel a passionate one sitting reading experience is the
supporting cast, who add layers of dimension and excitement. Ms. Muller continues to prove that
she earned that 1993 Life Achievement Award for one of the best (if not the best) female private
eye series on the market today.
.....Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it a lot
I'm a big fan of the Sharon McCone series and this one was a very good read. Fast-moving, credible. I enjoyed all the plane-related detail. Read more
Published on May 29 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Flight instructor hires Sharon
Sharon visits her flight instructor, Matty Wildress, and senses that something is bothering her. After some questioning, the private Matty discloses that her lover John has... Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2002 by Karen Potts
3.0 out of 5 stars OTHERS WERE BETTER!!!!
I don't think this book is as good as some of the others in the series. I won't go into detail about what the book is about as it is well said in the above writings. Read more
Published on April 6 2001 by Mac Blair
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much tribute to the dead pilot
Good entertainment with a fairly well constructed plot. I was interested in knowing about the Federal Witness Protection Program and the disappointments in people in Florida. Read more
Published on April 16 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Marcia Muller is great!
Marcia Muller is the mother of the female private eye genre. If you enjoy Paretsky, Grafton, Cornwell and other women writers who write about female main characters, you need to... Read more
Published on July 7 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping tale
Marcia Muller gets better and better. The plot is well-conceived and fast-paced, the writing always good and at times haunting, and the characters are by now old friends. Read more
Published on June 29 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars McCone- A real character
My first Muller book. Very happy that I found this author. Almost as good as Grafton's Millhone. Good plot, good characters. I will read more of her.
Published on June 22 1998
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