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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press; Reissue edition (April 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0445409029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0445409026
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,418 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.

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More About the Author

MARCIA MULLER has written many novels and short stories. Her novel "Wolf in the Shadows" won the Anthony Boucher Award. The recipient of the Private Eye Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award - their highest accolade - she lives in northern California with her husband, mystery writer Bill Pronzini.

Customer Reviews

Good story, believable heroine, interesting settings.
Elisabeth Kilmer
If you haven't read any of Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone books, I highly recommend this one.
Susan R. Cakars
I love starting with book 1 in a series and reading straight through.
Pamela Fagan Hutchins

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ricky N. on September 11, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Edwin of the Iron Shoes" is Marcia Muller's first Sharon McCone novel, and the first hard-boiled female private investigator novel published. It was written in 1977, and since then there have been a rash of hard-boiled female private eye novels published. McCone works for All Souls Legal Cooperative. A small-time antique store owner is murdered with a dagger from one of her display cases. Edwin of the Iron Shoes is a little-boy mannequin with iron shoes who "witnesses" the murder, but of course can't speak. This is a very good novel, which I would give 4 stars in a usual review, but the impact this novel has had on American mystery fiction earns it a 5th star. Marcia Muller was the first, and in my opinion, still the best by far.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ben Railton (railton@erols.com) on August 24, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Just as Dashiell Hammett invented the hard-boiled PI and paved the way for the future success of Chadler, Spillane, MacDonald, and others, so Marcia Muller created the equivalent concept of the female hard-boiled PI. Edwin is Muller's first novel, but her detective, Sharon McCone, springs to life fully formed and quite likeable. What's more, the book is actually a well-crafted mystery, a whodunit with very real clues and a killer not revealed until the very end (unlike some of Muller's inheritors, who seem to favor suspense over actual mystery). All in all, a very satisfying read, and especially interesting in light of it's status as originator. All you Paretsky and Grafton (and Cornell, etc) fans, give it a shot!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By MLPlayfair on May 31, 2003
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This is the 1st of the Sharon McCone books. I discovered it when another author's fictional detective referred to McCone on a "case." And holy cow! This book is copyrighted 1977. Where has it been hiding from me? Sharon McCone is quite a bit like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone (or vice versa), which is truly high praise from me. It's savvy, sexy, exciting stuff. McCone is way cool. EDWIN OF THE IRON SHOES is set mostly in an antique shop with the eerie "characters" of a headless mannequin named Clothilde and a little "boy" named Edwin who has strange iron shoes. The author creates only a sketchy sense of place, but a definite sense of character, with some really fun potental villains. A very interesting ultimate motive for the murder makes for a satisfying ending. I can see why this is such a popular series. I loved it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1998
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I am a fan of Ms Muller's,and I thought I'd go back to the beginning. I was not at all disappointed. This is a thoroughly enjoying who-dunnit and I recommend it to you. As you read it you can see the clues that she will make this character a winner. It is uncluttered by her usual gang who will probably be introduced later, so her effort is focused and her characterizations really overwhelm in this effort. I will now go through the rest of her books, in order, resting assured they we be as good as the last.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on June 4, 2002
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It took me a long time to discover Marsha Muller, but I am glad that I finally did. This is the first installment of her Sharon McCone Mystery Series which had a strong influence on later female authors and heroines. Sue Grafton, in a quote on the book jacket calls Muller the "founding mother of the contemporary female hard-boiled private eye". That's quite a claim considering how many well-known female investigators there are in fiction now. In this first installment, Sharon McCone is the investigator for a group of attorneys called All Souls Cooperative. Her boss Hank asks her to investigate the murder of an antique store owner who has been stabbed with one of her own knives. Sharon learns that the dead woman was about to make an important decision about selling her property and she feels that this might be a motive. She also discovers some shady goings-on among the art dealers and tries to fit this in to a motive for murder. Add to this some past and present romances, and there are several possible suspects. Muller's writing is clear and to-the-point. She tells a good story and carefully wraps up each loose end. I look forward to reading the other books in this series, which has so far spanned a 25-year period.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Susan R. Cakars on February 19, 2001
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I read this book a number of years ago, but recently decided to go back and try to read the Sharon McCone books in order.
I was not disappointed. The first time I read this book I did not realize what an excellent first mystery book this is. Sharon McCone is a likeable and believable character.
I liked the information about the world of art and antiques.
If you haven't read any of Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone books, I highly recommend this one.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Silmarwen VINE VOICE on October 28, 2004
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Private eye Sharon McCone was hired by All Souls Cooperative, a San Francisco legal services plan, to discover who was vandalizing a small street of antique shops when one of the antique dealers was found murdered in her own shop. Sharon had no idea who had killed Joan Albritton, a pleasant older woman whose main fault was talking to the dressmaker's dummy, the stuffed German shepherd, and the little boy mannequin she kept in her shop, but she didn't feel confident in the police's ability to discover the killer. Especially after she met the unpleasantly patronizing Lieutenant Marcus who was in charge of the case. Uncertain of whether she would be paid for her work or not, but refusing to allow Joan Albritton's killer to go free, Sharon starts her investigation.

Suspects abound, with Charlie, the junkman who ran the shop across the street from Joan's, at the forefront. Charlie was Joan's former lover, recently jilted for a wealthier man, and he was the one who had discovered the body and called the police. Then there was Cara Ingalls, a real estate mogul with ice running through her veins. She made no secret of the fact that she was glad that Joan was gone so that she could buy the land and force the antique dealers out. Of course, Cara was not the only one trying to buy the land and then there was the slimy bond bailsman and the slick "antique-style" dealer who kept popping up at every corner. Not to mention the puzzling Lieutenant Marcus, who was grateful for Sharon's help and then pushing her aside the next. As Sharon takes more and more risks, she comes closer to solving Joan's death, but she also comes closer to being murdered herself...

Edwin of the Iron Shoes is the First Sharon McCone mystery and it was just okay.
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