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Product Details

  • Series: Sharon Mccone Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446573353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446573351
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

San Francisco PI Sharon McCone is a straight shooter—gun or no gun. She’s also a survivor. Back on the beat after recovering from a bullet to the brain, McCone is hired by Caro Warrick, who can’t rest easy even after being acquitted of her best friend’s murder. What is eating at Warrick’s conscience? And why can’t the public accept the verdict and move on? Turns out, Warrick has a worrisome past. During her childhood, her brother accidentally shot and killed their younger sister. Can one ever recover from such a traumatic event? McCone has an impressive track record, and she’s confident she can prevail where other gumshoes have failed. For her part, Warrick has partnered with a true-crime writer in hopes of setting the record straight. At the same time, a vindictive journalist is determined to bring her down. When McCone finds Warrick’s bloody body at her doorstep, she fears the demons she will inevitably unearth. Although this thirty-first entry in the acclaimed series moves slowly at times, McCone remains a thoroughly likable sleuth, and her many fans will eagerly follow her anywhere, at whatever pace. --Allison Block

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"Throughout her many McCone novels, Muller has displayed a knack both for keeping the series fresh and for allowing her character to grow. She accomplishes both goals this time by taking McCone out of the spotlight but giving her fans a chance to root for her to recover. After all these years, Muller's series remains a gold standard for female detective stories."—Kirkus, starred review

"Top-notch mystery and more from one of the genre's Grand Masters."—Library Journal

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

It is well written, moves at a great pace and keeps me interested.
dollswest
I had to choose between being bored to death by not having a good read or being bored to death by trying to read Looking for Yesterday.
Michael R. Smith
I also was left a bit confused at the end -- the culprit's identity was pretty obvious and his reasons didn't really work for me.
A Reader

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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Julia Walker VINE VOICE on October 25, 2012
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This is the 30th Sharon McCone novel, and I have the horrid suspicion that this is how Marcia Muller thought of it: gotta go work on #30; #30 is going OK; just got the jacket art for #30 . . . .

It's formulaic, something Muller has never been.

In my 5-star review of COMING BACK I say that I've grown up and grown old with the daughters of Sisters in Crime, following Muller and McCone since 1977, when I was mid-20s. So I see Sharon as a contemporary, and maybe that's the problem. I should remind myself of that great tag-line from The Godfather: It's not personal; it's business.

Writing is a business, and I realize that. But the author and press shouldn't rub the reader's nose in it. My only quibble about COMING BACK was the excessive number of blank pages -- nearly 20% of the 292 pages are empty. This is a cheat for the reader, who buys a slim book only to discover it's an anorexic book. And, while this is less obvious on Kindle, the book ends just as quickly.

In CITY OF WHISPERS, the first Muller book that's failed to impress me, the white space disappeared. Cool! But so did much of the character development and the logic of the historical plot lines.

Here we have, almost, the worst of both worlds. There are 15 chapters, each prefaced with front-and-back blank pages, the right-hand (recto) page having the day and date on it. But that information could just as easily appear on the first page of the chapter, along with the time stamp. Could better appear. Furthermore, six chapters end on a recto page, followed by a blank verso, making for 3 empty pages between chapters. Amazon's publishing info aside, there are 293 pages between the first and last lines, and 36 of them are blank.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lady Galaxy on November 7, 2012
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I would say that this book in the Sharon McCone series was definitely intended for long time fans and not an attempt to attract new readers. If you've never read a Sharon McCone story before, don't start with this one. If you don't want to go back to the beginning of the series, I'd recommend starting with "A Wild and Lonely Place." But I think most long time fans will find something to like about this book. Though not every character who has been introduced to the series in past books made an actual appearance, many of them are mentioned and we got updates about what they're doing now.

This book was more about Sharon's journey through life than it was about the mystery. Perhaps that's the reason for the title. Throughout the book, Sharon is thinking about past choices, realizing that she is no longer as physically or mentally strong as she was in her youth, and wondering what is going to be next for her. I've followed this series since both Sharon and I were much younger, so I understand that we are both getting to the age where we realize we cannot return to "yesterday," but we are still "Looking for Yesterday." There is a sense of wistfulness and restlessness for Sharon's character.

I was very glad that Marcia Muller has finally dropped her experiment with multiple viewpoints and that this story is told from Sharon's viewpoint all the way through.

I was disappointed that Hy was used more as a plot device to provide information to the reader, and that was awkward. Twice she asked Hy to tell her about things like gun control and money laundering, and it was just awkward.

It was a fairly quick read. The mystery itself was not very interesting. Though she technically had a client, there was not much interaction with the client.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Zoeeagleeye VINE VOICE on December 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The problem with aging girl detectives is that after awhile they begin to seem stupid unless they are allowed to grow and gain some wisdom with age. Since all the authors of these 'girl detectives' books are now older women, you'd think they would have accrued some wisdom themselves to pass on to their heroines.

That said, "Looking For Yesterday" is still a very good read, loaded with personality, interesting family stuff, interesting characters you can tell one from the other, and action aplenty. Although I don't know where Sharon McCone picked up her 'psychic vibe,' since she still isn't that convinced about the reality of God et. al, plus all that comes with it. Muller continues to bash her heroine as if trying to get rid of some sticky stuff on her writing hand. Is Muller getting tired of McCone? Perhaps if McCone were allowed to evolve, Muller might like her better.

I personally am tired of Sharon being stupid and unknowledgeable about police procedure and the likelihood of danger. She's been in this business quite a while and has learned enough through not only her own experience, but her operatives and Hy's experiences, to be able to sense danger, or at least prevent potential harm. It's unrealistic to have her all alone in an office and then she hears the elevator, but no one is there. Any detective worth his or her salt would immediately douse the lights, or pick up their gun, or at the very least take the stairs when leaving.

One of the biggest gaps of common sense and procedure is when she and Mick (and why she should call him for help is beyond me -- how is it that her two best operatives have had the flu for 12 days??? -- because Mick isn't quick on his feet or very responsible) go to a suspects house and find him dead.
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