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.