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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: The Women's Press; First Paperback Edition edition (1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704343894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704343894
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,442,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been reading the Sharon McCone series for ages.
Hey, Teach
It's this greater sense of resolve, as well as the breathlessly paced plot, that make this novel one of the best Muller novels ever.
The Mouse
Very well written - with atmospheric descriptions of places the detective goes to.
Wannabe Marcia

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Mouse on December 23, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Some people prefer the old days when Sharon was a young, eager, and underpaid investigator for All Souls Legal Cooperative. For me, the changes in McCone's character were not only expected, but in this case, they served to strengthen McCone's integrity and self-sufficiency. With her estrangment from the All Souls "family", McCone has to rely more than ever on her own sense and meticulous detecting skills. It's this greater sense of resolve, as well as the breathlessly paced plot, that make this novel one of the best Muller novels ever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wannabe Marcia on August 5, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Very well written - with atmospheric descriptions of places the detective goes to. I enjoy the Sharon McCone books - having just recently discovered them - and as a person who does not live in the USA, the descriptions of people and places help bring life in the USA alive for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia K. Robertson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Wolf in the Shadows is another in Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone series, and McCone gets better which each subsequent book.

Sharon McCone is a PI living in San Francisco and working for a law firm called All Souls Legal Cooperative. At the beginning of Wolf in the Shadows, McCone is faced with two major issues. First, her job at All Souls is being turned into a supervisor/desk position, something that McCone knows will not work for her. Just when she has to make a decision about her job, her lover, Hy Ripinsky goes missing. Ripinsky is an environmental activist who has a shady past (maybe CIA?). When McCone starts investigating, she discovers that Ripinsky took on a job for an international security agency, RKI. The CEO of a biotech company was kidnapped, and Ripinsky was given the job of delivering the ransom money in exchange for the CEO. But now Ripinsky is missing also, and RKI wants both Ripinsky and their money. They suspect that Ripinsky has skipped town with the ransom money and they hire McCone to find out what happened to him.

McCone travels to San Diego and Mexico on Ripinsky's trail. In the process, she has to deal with illegal aliens, environmental terrorists, crooked Mexican politicians and gang members as well as the ruthless men from RKI. She also must make some hard decisions about what she wants for her future (that's providing she lives to see it through).

The only thing that really spoiled Wolf in the Shadows is that I have not been reading these books in order. Having read one that was published after Wolf in the Shadows, I had a basic idea of how it would end. So from now on, I will be a little more careful to read them in order. Other than that, Wolf is a fine book in a good series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Marsha Muller has always struck me as being a formula writer, and her characters never rang true to me. But this book breaks the mold. A great read for those long summer evenings on the porch.
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"Beware of the wolf in the shadows. He is watchful and patient, and when he catches you he will eat you up - skin and bones and heart."

I read Wolf in the Shadows by Marcia Muller for the Book Awards Challenge II. This book was published in 1993 and won the Anthony Award in 1994.

This book is a Sharon McCone mystery and it chronicles ten days in her life. Sharon is a private investigator for All Souls Legal Cooperative in San Francisco. Her lover, Hy Ripinsky, has disappeared and she is searching for him. At the same time, All Souls offers her a "promotion" - a desk job managing investigators and paralegals, and that doesn't hold much appeal for her. Sharon's search for Hy leads her to RKI, a security agency with questionable practices. Hy was delivering a 2 million dollar ransom for RKI when he went missing, so they assumed he'd stolen it. Sharon agrees to find Hy, but first she must shake the agents RKI has tailing her. Through a series of twists and turns (I don't want to spoil the plot), the mystery is solved and Sharon finds herself with two jobs to consider - one with All Souls and another with RKI.

This book is fun read with a complex plot that kept my interest throughout. Mystery lovers will enjoy it, like I did.
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By Karen Potts on August 13, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sharon McCone is shocked and dismayed when she is summoned in to a meeting of the partners of All Souls' Legal Cooperative where she works. Instead of the reprimand which she expects, Sharon receives the offer of a promotion which would put her behind a desk and away from the action. Although this goes against her grain, Sharon knows she must accept it if she wants to continue to work at All Souls'. At the same time, she discovers that her lover, Hy, has disappeared while on a job for a company called RKI. When she talks to Gage Renshaw at RKI, he tells her that he thinks Hy has double-crossed him and he wants to find him. Sharon offers to do so, thereby getting paid for something she planned to do anyway, and also having a paying job which doesn't involve All Souls'. She travels back and forth between California and Mexico in search of Hy and the answer to a series of unanswered questions. Muller's books in this series become longer as time goes on, and this causes some extra action which becomes a bit distracting to the main plot. However, she still spins a good tale and Sharon McCone remains a very likeable heroine.
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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.

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