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Leave a Message for Willie Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 1990

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press; Reissue edition (Oct. 1 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0445409002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0445409002
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,720,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Marcia Muller has written many novels and short stories. She has won six Anthony Awards, a Shamus Award, and is also the recipient of the Private Eye Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award (their highest accolade). She lives in northern California with her husband, mystery writer Bill Pronzini.

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"Leave a Message for Willie" is the fifth novel in the Sharon McCone series by Marcia Muller. Willie Whelan is a vendor, who is also a fence, at the Saltflats Flea Market. He hires McCone to check on a man wearing a yarmulke who has been hanging around Willie's stall. The man, Jerry Levin, claims he is working for a group that recovers stolen Torahs. Later that day Levin is found dead in Whelan's garage. Willie becomes the major suspect in this murder, and Sharon McCone must find the real killer. All the Sharon McCone mysteries are well-plotted, and the characters, especially McCone, make them a pleasure to read. "Leave a Message for Willie" is a very good novel.
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Sharon McCone has a difficult assignment. Why is a man in a suit and a yarmulke following Willie - flea market entrepanuer extradinaire? What unfolds is a short (152 pages) but tightly woven tale of torahs, player pianos, Vietnam PTSD, cabins in the Santa Cruz mountains and Sharon's ability to see the connections. It's a solid (not stellar) book in the series. As a native of the Bay Area, I enjoy her musings about the locale as much as the story and she goes some pretty interesting places in this episode. Also, Don the DJ from Games to Keep the Dark Away is back so we have a little romance for Sharon.
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Investigator Sharon McCone has been asked to do an assignment in which she'll work with Willie Whelan, a man who sells goods at flea markets. Willie is concerned because a man is stalking him and he wants Sharon to find out why. As she begins the investigation, the stalker is killed and Willie is the chief suspect. Sharon begins to uncover some strange occurrences in connection with the murdered man, and before it's all over her own life is put in jeopardy. This is a good mystery which Marcia Muller fans will want to read and it has some romance thrown in for good measure.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4efc6f0) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa46f2288) out of 5 stars Leave a Message for Willie June 8 2001
By Ricky N. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Leave a Message for Willie" is the fifth novel in the Sharon McCone series by Marcia Muller. Willie Whelan is a vendor, who is also a fence, at the Saltflats Flea Market. He hires McCone to check on a man wearing a yarmulke who has been hanging around Willie's stall. The man, Jerry Levin, claims he is working for a group that recovers stolen Torahs. Later that day Levin is found dead in Whelan's garage. Willie becomes the major suspect in this murder, and Sharon McCone must find the real killer. All the Sharon McCone mysteries are well-plotted, and the characters, especially McCone, make them a pleasure to read. "Leave a Message for Willie" is a very good novel.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa46f22dc) out of 5 stars Danger in a flea market June 25 2002
By Karen Potts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Investigator Sharon McCone has been asked to do an assignment in which she'll work with Willie Whelan, a man who sells goods at flea markets. Willie is concerned because a man is stalking him and he wants Sharon to find out why. As she begins the investigation, the stalker is killed and Willie is the chief suspect. Sharon begins to uncover some strange occurrences in connection with the murdered man, and before it's all over her own life is put in jeopardy. This is a good mystery which Marcia Muller fans will want to read and it has some romance thrown in for good measure.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa46f2714) out of 5 stars Good Mystery Oct. 13 2012
By A. richardson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Willie is a fence (deals stolen goods) who has a little problem. It seems that there is a little Jewish man who has been following him around and he wants Sharon to find out why. Sharon finds out from the guy, Levin, that he thinks that Willie has in his inventory of stolen goods some Torah's that belong to synagogues across the country and he is out to retrieve them. Sharon sets up a meeting with Levin to discuss the missing items, but Levin is murdered in Willie's house before they can get down to business. Willie is arrested for the murder, so now Sharon job has changed to finding out who killed Levin in order to clear Willie. The problem with having criminal clients is that they lie all of the time. So, Sharon has to spend her time finding out who Willie and Levin are, all the while trying to stay ahead of a murderer who before the book ends will kill again to keep his secrets. This was a really well told story that highlights Sharon's abilities and weaknesses and just makes her a really likeable character.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa46f26fc) out of 5 stars Memories March 28 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Fences, flea markets and torahs make a very odd combination, but they all fit into this Sharon McCone mystery. McCone has been assigned to the case of Willie Whelan, a fence who complains of being followed by an odd and sinister character. McCone has reservations about working for a fence, but she quickly takes a liking to Whelan who is too much of a crook with a heart of gold to be believable. Meanwhile, the case becomes more serious when a man is murdered. Published only about a decade after the Vietnam War, that conflict casts a long shadow over this book . Ms. Muller uses Vietnam to explain (unconvincingly) otherwise unsatisfactory motivations. This is a very readable period piece.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa46f2bb8) out of 5 stars Solid entry in the Sharon McCone series Sept. 28 2001
By Carol Peterson Hennekens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sharon McCone has a difficult assignment. Why is a man in a suit and a yarmulke following Willie - flea market entrepanuer extradinaire? What unfolds is a short (152 pages) but tightly woven tale of torahs, player pianos, Vietnam PTSD, cabins in the Santa Cruz mountains and Sharon's ability to see the connections. It's a solid (not stellar) book in the series. As a native of the Bay Area, I enjoy her musings about the locale as much as the story and she goes some pretty interesting places in this episode. Also, Don the DJ from Games to Keep the Dark Away is back so we have a little romance for Sharon.


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