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Listen to the Silence (Sharon McCone Mysteries) Hardcover – July 19, 2000
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Writing a series means treading delicately on a high wire between repetition and revelation. Having once created a character who will voyage through two or 10 or 10,000 books, an author must decide what facets of the character's life will reappear as touchstones in each book, what items may be left by the wayside, how the past will inform the present, and how the present will indicate the future. With each new novel, the author reaches out to readers who may be comfortably familiar with the series and to readers who may be discovering it for the first time. There is no shortage of mystery writers whose series are immensely rewarding (think Sara Paretsky or Sue Grafton), but it's a difficult balancing act nonetheless. With Listen to the Silence, Marcia Muller seems to stumble slightly, just enough to leave readers wondering whether a safety net is in order. It's as if the burden of the past becomes too heavy for either character or author to support. Sharon seems a trifle flat, and Muller's integration of family and familiarity seems forced and abrupt. A first-time reader would do well to seek out earlier volumes in the series, but confirmed Muller fans will still relish the intensity with which the novel plunges into deeply unsettling territory. --Kelly Flynn
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I can't tell you very much about the plot without giving away things that will spoil the story for you. So I apologize for not giving you as much detail as I usually do.
Let me talk instead about how the plot is organized. Sharon McCone is off on a search for identity where one clue connects to another. So there is the usual mystery-unraveling aspect to the plot. The complications are above average in their extent, and provide satisfying revelations right up to the end.
As you may know from other Sharon McCone novels, Marcia Muller likes to work with mental dialogue as well as spoken dialogue. In this case, the internal dialogue is about listening for what people don't say, when they hesitate, or change the subject. From this interesting technique, you will probably become a better listener. Like most of us, Sharon McCone lets most of this information pass her by the first time she hears it. But upon further reflection, she sees missing elements. And then profitably focuses her attention on those. By this method, most of the plot is unraveled.
But the development of what a family is makes this a remarkable mystery.Read more ›
I haven't read one of Muller's books in a long time and had forgotten how engrossing they can be. I started this book in the afternoon and didn't put it down until I finished it late the same night. I recommend this book highly.
Yet another well-written renewal for the Sharon McCone series. Muller is perhaps better than any other writer at letting her character really evolve. I look forward to the books that will follow the material here.
I must say I was disappointed to find out that Sharon McCone was born in 1959 - Edwin of the Iron Shoes was out in 1977 which would have made Sharon 18 years old. This distressed me as I view her as an old friend who has matured along with me over the years!!
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I read this book to relax me. Sharon Mccone 's father has died and she is responsible to settle his affairs. He left papers of her adoption. This news to her. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bettylouise
married to BILL PROZINI
sharon mc cone---A gREAt character !
Watch out for Brilliance Audio books. You need a stereo with speakers you can separate to play left on one side of the tape and right on the other side. Read morePublished on November 7, 2010 by R. Mazur
this book centers around tragedy,the discovery of Sharon's adoption and her quest to locate her birth parents. Read morePublished on March 27, 2009 by Stella Dunn
Listen to the Silence (Sharon McCone Mysteries) Our Book Club read this book. It included places I had visited and was very realistic. Good book!Published on January 30, 2009 by Adeline M. Chambers
Another flawless Marcia Muller mystery with the perfect blend of personal life and mystery. This entry in the Sharon McCone series offers a deeper look into McCone's past,... Read morePublished on April 5, 2007 by Lois Lain
I just read Marcia Muller's Ask the Cards a Question and can say that I wasn't very impressed. But a friend of mine encouraged me to try another book (Muller is one of her... Read morePublished on March 26, 2007 by Cynthia K. Robertson
Mystery authors have created numerous awards, many it might appear primarily designed to influence our buying behavior, to improve current and future sales of the nominated and... Read morePublished on January 7, 2007 by One-Reader