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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: 9 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


"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

I am a fan of Marcia Muller's books and the series of Sharon McCone.
There is little character development & the small amount that is there is convoluted, confusing, & disorienting.
Clues to what's going on shown up mid-way and pretty much point to what's going on.

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46 of 51 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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T.B. Grant TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 26, 2012
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"Looking for Yesterday" by Marcia Muller
Published by Grand Central Publishing, 2012
Hardcover edition: 293 pages
Genre: Mystery


Muller's 29th Sharon McCone detective novel, Looking for Yesterday, is a meandering entry in the ongoing detective series.

The novel picks up where City of Whispers and the 2012 short story, Skeletons in the Closet, ended. McCone Investigations have moved their office space from Pier 24 ½ to Sly Lane near Telegraph Hill, where the business of murder arrives on McCone's doorstep in the form of Carolyn Warrick--Sharon's latest case.

Caro Warrick was acquitted for the murder of her best friend, Amelia Bettencourt, but Sharon has her own doubts about the woman after reading Warrick's suspicious letter addressed to her. Sharon learns that Warrick's words are a cry for help. She decides to take the case, and investigates headlong into Warrick's dark past, talking with the woman's family, friends and neighbors, all with a different story to tell. Caro is not who she seems, and Sharon will soon discover her client's shady history and long list of lies, putting her own life in grave danger for the truth.

When Sharon returns home one night after a concert, the bloody and battered body of Caro Warrick is splayed across Sharon's front steps, barely breathing. The incident takes a turn for the worse, and Sharon, already knee-deep in the case, becomes a target for somebody's sick game of cat-and-mouse.

As always, Muller can tell a story, keeping the reader turning pages until the end. But Looking for Yesterday is not as strong and complex as earlier books. Clocking in at 293 pages, the story flies by because of fine storytelling, but by page 130, not a lot has transpired in the case.
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13 of 16 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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