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The McCone Files [Paperback]

Marcia Muller


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Book Description

May 1 1995
The McCone Files gathers all of Sharon McCone's short cases covering her entire career as staff investigator at All Souls Legal Cooperative in San Francisco. Marcia Muller comments in the introduction, "Over the seventeen years since her first case, very little about McCone except her voice has remained the same, and the stories in this collection trace her development." Each tale, including two written especially for this volume, is a miniature masterpiece of plotting, realistic characters and vivid settings.

From the death of a clown in Diablo Valley to the disappearance of a young socialite on the Golden Gate Bridge, from the murder of a teenage gang leader in San Francisco to the drowning of an aged Japanese herb-gatherer, and from streets filled with juvenile runaways to the quietness of a mausoleum, Sharon investigates not only who committed the crimes but also what they say about or world toward the end of the twentieth century.

The McCone Files is a distinguished book by a distinguished author.


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Crippen & Landru Publishers (May 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885941056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885941053
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,125,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marcia Muller is the author of more than thirty-five novels, including twenty-five featuring PI Sharon McCone. She's been recognized with the 2005 Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America, the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, a Ridley Award, an American Mystery Award, and the Anthony Award.

--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fifteen great Sharon McCone short stories. May 8 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Found this in the local library and am enjoying it immensely. I had only read one or two of the stores in it. The last one (File Closed)had never been published before this book. All take place before Sharon left All Souls Cooperative
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good collection of mysteries April 22 2006
By Fred Camfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It is hard to say exactly when women PIs were first conceived by authors. Various writers had created women characters involved in crime solving, e.g., Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, Dashiell Hammett's Nora Charles, etc. At some point women characters begin to obtain licenses to operate as PIs. Cordelia Gray was created by P.D. James in "An Unsuitable Job for a Woman" (copyright 1973), but the series did not seem to continue beyond a second novel. The earliest Sharon McCone short story in the present collection shows a copyright in 1981, but the author indicates the character was created in 1971 (I know from personal experience that it can take a significant period of time to get a story published - my first Mark Mandering story was in an ezine in 2005). At about the same time Kinsey Millhone was created by Sue Grafton (the reprint edition of "A is for Alibi" shows a 1982 copyright, but I am not sure when the character was created ). Other women PIs have been created along the way, e.g., Tess Monaghan by Laura Lippman, Tamara Hayle by Valerie Wilson Wesley, etc.

The present collection has 15 short stories about PI Sharon McCone, although the last one is a continuation of the first. After working for a PI firm, Miss McCone strikes out on her own and becomes the house investigator for a legal cooperative in San Francisco, although sometimes taking on independent cases. The character develops from story to story.

Sharon McCone has her own unique characteristics, sometimes carrying a gun, but usually not. The stories involve missing people, murders, burglary, and missing money: but one case is unique as she rescues a man who called a crisis center hotline. Miss McCone has a love life of sorts, which is kept in the background. Her home is described as a cottage in a constant state of repair, but not much other information is given. The cases are set either in San Francisco, or within commuting distance driving her used MG.

Overall, the stories are well written and have some very original plots. The length of the stories varies. They could be read in any order, but it is better to read them in the same order that they appear in the collection.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it except for typing issues April 12 2012
By Rachael K. Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this series of short stories. It gives you a chronological development of Sharon McCone from the beginning of her work with All Souls, to her starting her own agency. The stories are short which makes it easy to have a quick read and get the whole story, yet still have more stories to read later. I would have given it a 5 star, but the ebook was full of typos. Guess the ebook publishers cannot afford to hire a typist that knows how to run a grammar check. That would have shown that "form" does not fit and the word was "from". I stopped counting but there were quite a few of those. There were other misspellings that occasionally made it difficult to understand what was being communicated. If they are going to charge a premium price for an ebook, they should at least get the spelling and grammar to match the original published book. I encourage the publishers to do a better job or risk my refusal to download any more ebooks by this publisher. I can always buy the paperback (for considerably less $) just not as convenient.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying Read Nov. 17 2012
By Louise108 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love Marcia Muller's work and this book of short stories is no exception. I have come to know Sharon McCone and find her fascinating. I like the novels better than short stories, but some cases do lend themselves to a shorter length. I enjoyed the book, but I was amused at some of the "typos" no doubt caused by computer spell checking. The best was changing the title of Beethoven's Third Symphony from Eroica to Erotica! Someone should have read this before it was issued! But I got a laugh out of it.
5.0 out of 5 stars The McCone Files July 27 2013
By Jane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I chose this rating because Marcia Muller is one heck of a writer and I enjoy any and all of her McCone stories.
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