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Point Deception Mass Market Paperback – May 1 2002


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446611360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446611367
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,005,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was hard to put down until I'd read the final page. Plenty of suspense & well-written prose. This is an author who is worthy of the praise she receives. Highly recommended!
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Format: Hardcover
This was my first book that I have read by Marcia Muller. I was pleasantly surprised to discover an intersting mystery. Rhoda Swift is a pretty strong female heroine and Guy Newberry is your classic guy to the rescue. While it was a little cliche at times, it was basically an intersting story with what was for me a surprise ending. It definitely has some twists to it. I am willing to try another one by Muller and see where it goes...
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Thinking that I had one of the latest Sharon McCone mysteries, I happily took it home from the library, only to discover that this book is about an entirely new character, Rhoda Swift, a sheriff's deputy. In spite of my negative vibes I proceeded with the book and enjoyed it thoroughly. As always, Marcia Muller catches the essence of the California coast and she weaves a wonderful story into a beautiful background. Deputy Rhoda Swift has never gotten over the multiple murders which occurred in her territory 13 years previously, and old memories are dredged up when another murder occurs near the anniversary of the deaths. A writer named Guy Newberry comes to town with a plan to write about the murders,and he and Rhoda form a bond based on past hurts in their lives. Muller creates a nice blend of mystery and romance and leaves plenty of room for future installments in this series.
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By A Customer on April 7 2002
Format: Hardcover
Awkward, cliche-riddled dialog and emotions support a inept plot whose torturous contrivances defy any hope of suspending disbelief. (Examples include the suicide that's beyond explanation once its use as a red herring is over, and a murderer whose face should be familiar to all but is recognized only by a stranger with a faxed photo.) This book has little to recommend it, and as a fan of the McCone series I was seriously disappointed.
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By A Customer on March 10 2002
Format: Hardcover
Thank you once again, Marcia, for a wonderful read! I couldn't put the book down. I highly recommend it
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By A Customer on Feb. 11 2002
Format: Hardcover
Kudos to Marcia Muller (and my apologies for the "old girl" remark) for "Point Deception," a welcome and unexpectedly entertaining departure from her Sharon McCone mysteries. To be honest, I've become tired of the increasingly high-tech McCone series, which in the past few entries seems to be running out of steam. I was wary of following Muller in a new direction, but I'm awfully glad I did! This is a taut, atmospheric thriller that shows Muller in top form, reminding me why I fell for her writing in the first place. I look forward to the next Rhoda Swift novel, which is the greatest praise I can think of.
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Format: Hardcover
writes an outstanding, complex tale of murder and betrayal, even when the book does not feature old favorite Sharon McCone.
Point Deception tells the story of Rhoda Swift, a young deputy in a rural California location who has been unable to bury the past of her first murder case, a case that has never been solved.
A well-known writer is tricked into exploring the area, and uncovering the old case, just as new murders, linked in some way
to the old case, occur. His friendship with Rhoda turns into
a partnership that leads them back in time, and through some terrifying moments, to discover the full truth.
Muller uses different points of view, most notably that of the newest victim, explored before her death takes place, to weave her tale. One of Muller's strong points is her character development; many of the characters here are rich with strong opinions, and no one in this small town can cast stones at any of the other residents - all have contributed to the decay and depression that pervades, and the cynicism that arises from that feeling. Also an impressive creator of scenic areas that come alive under her pen, Muller gives us a stark view of the crime scenes and the forest canyon area that contains the murder secrets of the past.
You'll find the book difficult to put down once you've started, so set aside some time!
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By P. Tidwell on Oct. 17 2001
Format: Hardcover
Stand aside Sharon McCone. You have not been replaced but M. Muller has developed a new female detective. This time our heroine is a member of the Sheriff's Department.
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