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Writing a series means treading delicately on a high wire between repetition and revelation. Having once created a character who will voyage through two or 10 or 10,000 books, an author must decide what facets of the character's life will reappear as touchstones in each book, what items may be left by the wayside, how the past will inform the present, and how the present will indicate the future. With each new novel, the author reaches out to readers who may be comfortably familiar with the series and to readers who may be discovering it for the first time. There is no shortage of mystery writers whose series are immensely rewarding (think Sara Paretsky or Sue Grafton), but it's a difficult balancing act nonetheless. With Listen to the Silence, Marcia Muller seems to stumble slightly, just enough to leave readers wondering whether a safety net is in order. It's as if the burden of the past becomes too heavy for either character or author to support. Sharon seems a trifle flat, and Muller's integration of family and familiarity seems forced and abrupt. A first-time reader would do well to seek out earlier volumes in the series, but confirmed Muller fans will still relish the intensity with which the novel plunges into deeply unsettling territory. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This was my first Muller book and I selected it because of the American Indian influence. Not sure how I'd like her others, but I wasn't disappointed in this. Read morePublished on April 3 2004 by Born to Read
Marcia Muller writes like somebody who has just accomplished a 3 week seminar on how to become a "bestselling author". Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by shuwa
When Sharon McCone's father dies, he leaves a request that Sharon be the one to go through his papers. Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2002 by Karen Potts
"Listen to the Silence" is the 21st Sharon McCone novel by Marcia Muller. I think that this novel is one of the best, if not the very best, of this long-running series. Read morePublished on July 7 2002 by Ricky N.
Sharon McCone doesn't just look like a Shoshone. She is one. Throughout this highly successful mystery series, Marcia Muller has run this continuing tread of her private... Read morePublished on Dec 12 2001 by Edna H
Sharon always knew that she was part Shoshone, growing up. She took a funny pride in realizing how much she looked like her Shoshone great-grandmother rather than the rest of the... Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2001 by frumiousb
I just finished reading this book and it was great. I was hooked by the 3rd page. Sharon found out she was adopted after her father dies and she sets out to find out who she really... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2001
For a while, I was reminded of Yvette Melanson's true story "Looking for Lost Bird" and maybe that's where Marcia Muller got her inspiration for this fork in the Sharon McCone... Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2001 by TundraVision
Private Detective Sharon McCone takes herself as a client when she learns she's adopted and determines to track down her birth family. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2000 by booksforabuck