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Marcia Muller
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May 1 1999 Sharon McCone Mysteries
A DOUBLE NIGHTMAR94E

With her agency going great guns, Sharon McCone is known as one of the best detectives in the business...until her reputation is threatened by an impostor. The woman's resemblance to McCone is uncanny. Her knowledge of McCone's life is chilling. And with lover Hy Ripinsky away on business, McCone is alone as the double insidiously sabotages McCone's career, invades her home, and leads her into a deadly game of cat and mouse through San Francisco's underworld. Now, with professional detachment giving way to blinding rage, McCone is fighting for her life. But her very essence is also at stake...as a hunger for personal justice overrides her fiercely held ethics and lets loose a primeval urge for revenge.

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In the old days, Sharon McCone was a scrappy, idealistic investigator working out of a rambling old San Francisco Victorian that housed the All Souls legal collective. In the 1990s, All Souls is a conventionally successful law firm, and McCone is on her own. These days her profile is a lot higher, thanks to a People magazine article, and her digs, both personal and professional, are decidedly more upscale. But the price of fame is higher than she knows; somewhere there's a woman with Sharon's face, Sharon's name, and a supply of Sharon's business cards. The impersonator isn't just drumming up business on her own--she's sleeping with McCone's clients and then stealing from them, destroying the agency's reputation, and threatening Sharon's family and friends as well as her livelihood. The mystery woman may even have found a way to screw up Sharon's relationship with Hy Ripinsky, her long-time lover. What's certain is that she knows the most intimate details of McCone's private as well as public life, and that wherever Sharon goes, her impersonator has somehow managed to get there first. What seemed at first like an innocent case of heroine-worship turns decidedly deadly, especially since McCone has no clue as to the mystery woman's motives, plans, or identity.

Marcia Muller almost single-handedly invented the genre of female P.I.'s, and she's in top form here, capitalizing on McCone's vulnerabilities as well as her strengths in a tightly plotted mystery with a dramatic climax, strong characters, and solid characterization. In prior installments, both Muller and McCone had started to lose their edge a bit, but fans of longstanding will be delighted by this engrossing adventure. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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That's when Sharon McCone, ace San Francisco PI, grapples with nightmares in this gripping 19th outing in 20 years (following Both Ends of the Night, 1997). Someone is impersonating Sharon, wearing her name-tag at parties, sleeping with unsuitable men, committing crimes of which the detective can be accused, erasing her phone messages, using her credit cards, even breaking into her apartment, mistreating her cat and opening a bottle of her favorite wine. The imitator seems to want to become the PI, but why? McCone's mood isn't helped when one of her assistants, Ted Smalley, starts acting weirdly, and her lover, Hy Ripinsky, seems to be pinned down in a mysterious kidnapping in Latin America and is out of touch for far too long. McCone has to work hard to stay afloat under fearful pressure, and only the loyal teamwork of her crew and her determination to run her nemesis to earth brings a hard-won release. Her new flying skills are put to good use in a nail-biting climax as her doppelg?nger steals her and Ripinsky's cherished Citabria plane . As always, Muller's straightforward, no-nonsense writing and fully dimensioned characterizations lend credibility and color to her deftly plotted tale.
Copyright 1998 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 Stalkers, unlimited! Sept. 19 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sharon McCone, female PI, begins to hear reports of someone who is impersonating her. This person uses her credit cards, breaks into her house, has affairs while using Sharon's identity, and begins to seriously mess up Sharon's life and psyche. At the same time, Sharon's secretary Ted is exhibiting strange and irrascible behavior. Eventually it comes to light that he, too, is battling with a stalker. Are these incidents related and is it the same person doing all of this mischief? Sharon has to investigate these problems without the support of her lover, Hy Ripinsky, who is off on an assignment for his company. The identities of the stalkers are revealed before the end of the book, but Muller still spins a good tale of Sharon's investigation and pursuit of them. As usual, flying plays an important part in this book and there is a good mystery told. This book will please Sharon McCone fans, old and new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What If It Happened To You June 10 1999
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While Other People Sleep, by Marcia Muller is a mystery book full of intensity and suspense. Each character has some kind of problem that rely on a private investigator, Sharon McCone, to help them. But what she does not see is that she needs help of her own. In Sharon's case it's ironic because her character is a sophisticated, intellectual, employer who is a famous private investigator, who does not realize that there ia an imposter, impersonting her, who is sabotaging her reputation, her life. She is more concerned with assisting others with their problems, trying to get to the bottom of her own case. What is so intriguing about this story is that is gives a full description of each step of the process. Each maneuver that a character does or says is given a fulj detail step-by-step. So when reading and using your imagination simultaneously, it's like being there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars McCONE vs McCONE April 28 2001
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In this one Sharon McCone is going against herself, or so it appears. An imposter is using her name and is reading her mind. The book started off real well and I thought it was going to be the best McCone I had read in a while, then, after Sharon found out who the imposter was,the rest was anti-clamatic. Then we got into a severl pages about the planes again. I agree with one of the other reviewers, the books were better when the stories were much more simple. When Sharon was with All Souls. If you want some good reading, read the earlier books and leave the later ones alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taut, Compelling Tale That Keeps You Riveted June 1 1999
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I thought that the build-up of the suspense in this book was the best in the series. If you go with the story (and not worry about how accurate all the details are), you'll have a gripping experience that will stay with you with you in the wee hours of the night. The inner journey from disbelief, to fear, to anger was especially rewarding as McCone gets down to finding out what is happening as someone impersonates her. McCone is usually a little too self-contained for my taste, and this book makes her more appealing. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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2.0 out of 5 stars High-tech, low entertainment Oct. 11 1999
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It used to be that Sharon McCone drove around in a car, gathering clues, using her brain to solve simple, but riveting mysteries. Now she flies a plane, uses computers, her boyfriend is an ex-mercenary who's a partner in a high-tech security firm...What happened to simplicity in mysteries? McCone has gone the way of Scarpetta, who used to be a medical examiner but now seems to be an international solver of terrorist activity. If you need a McCone fix, read one of the old books. Or better yet, Ms. Muller, simplify, simplify...
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