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September 2012

Sharon McCone is in trouble again!
LOOKING FOR YESTERDAY - Available Nov 6th
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Sharon McCone is in trouble again!

In an exclusive e-book story, “Skeleton in the Closet” — to be released by Grand Central Books and offered beginning in early October, as a prelude to her next adventure, Looking for Yesterday — she leases a new building after her beloved Pier 24 ½ is scheduled to be demolished. The pier harbored its memories and ghosts, but none like the blue house on Telegraph Hill’s Sly Lane.

I’ll let you guess what she finds there. That shouldn’t be difficult, given the title!

Looking for Yesterday is out on November 6th and takes Sharon on a trip into the recent past. Two years ago, client Caro Warrick was acquitted of viciously murdering her best friend, but the legal verdict isn’t enough for the exonerated woman. She’s co-authoring a tell-all book with a famous true-crime writer, and wants the case reinvestigated — for questionable reasons. Soon Sharon is inundated with dubious individuals, a half dead woman on her doorstep, and more problems than she thought were possible when she took on the case. In the meantime, it’s January, raining, and husband Hy Ripinsky is off on business God-knows-where.

I guess after 35 years and 30 adventures, she’s getting used to me doing torturous things to her. At least I hope so. The thought of her turning up on my doorstep with her .357 Magnum… well, it’s not a pretty picture.

Hope all of you have a great autumn!

Marcia


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Three years ago, Caro Warrick was acquitted for the murder of her best friend Amelia Bettencourt, but the lingering doubts of everyone around Caro is affecting her life. Sharon McCone is confident that she can succeed where other detectives have failed (though at times it's hard to shake her own misgivings about what happened), but when Caro is brutally beaten right at Sharon's doorstep, the investigation takes on a whole new course. How many more people remain at risk until Amelia's murderer is finally caught?

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November 2011

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CITY OF WHISPERS
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It’s evening here in the valley and the lights are coming on in the hills and the crickets are chirping. And here I am in my loft office overlooking the view. I’ve just finished the next Sharon McCone, LOOKING FOR YESTERDAY, due out this time next year. Strange, it seems as if I just finished CITY OF WHISPERS, now available in hardcover or—for those of you who have deserted us technophobes— as an e-book.

Actually, neither Bill nor I are technophobes any more. I’m writing this on my iMac. I fall to sleep to tunes on my iPod. No iPhone yet, but it’s on the horizon. We move with the times.

So does Sharon McCone. Right now I hear her voice in my ear:

“All right, you got me pretty wrought up in WHISPERS. What the hell are you gonna to do to me now?”

“You could’ve read the manuscript any time. You’re always here.”

“How d’you know that?”

“Because I can feel you. It’s as if you’re perching on my shoulder.”

“More like standing on your head.”

“It’s just as well you didn’t read the manuscript. I really put you through your paces this time.”

“In what way?”

“Let’s just say that a number of life-altering things happened to you.”

“Now you’re making me nervous.”

“Don’t be. Things are looking up for you in the end.”

“I don’t get shot again, do I?”

“No.”

“No explosions, plane crashes, stabbings?”

“None of those.”

“What, then?”

I just smile. Let her read the book when it comes out.

Wishing you very happy holidays. Back to you in the new year!

Marcia

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CITY OF WHISPERS
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Private eye Sharon McCone receives an e-mail asking for help from her emotionally disturbed half brother Darcy Blackhawk. She replies . . . but gets no response. As Sharon digs deeper, she discovers that Darcy sent his message from an Internet café in San Francisco, a city he's never been to before. Sensing that her brother is in terrible danger, Sharon begins a search for him throughout the city.

The investigation leads her to the body of a woman at the Palace of Fine Arts, where a witness had told her that Darcy was headed. Then, as she digs deeper, Sharon uncovers a connection to the unsolved murder of a young heiress to a multimillion-dollar banking fortune. Now Sharon must race to solve both murders and ensure her brother's safety, despite the imminent danger that lurks within her own family.

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March 2011

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Greetings to all, and a happy 2011.

For the past two weeks we've been enjoying a beautiful false spring. Everything's blooming prematurely, and it's making it hard to focus on work. Work I must, though, because this is the year of typing my fingers down to the bone on my keyboard.

I've started a new McCone novel, LOOKING FOR YESTERDAY, which is due in November. Sharon's just been hired by a woman who was acquitted of murdering her best friend two years ago and wants definitive proof that the jury's verdict was just. It's January, it's raining, Hy's traveling a lot, and she's bored. Not for long, however....

My big news is that Bill and I are going to be collaborating again! We've just contracted with Tor/Forge for three books based on the adventures of John Quincannon and Sabina Carpenter, partners in an 1890s San Francisco detective agency. Bill developed these characters in the 1980s and has written novels and short stories from Quincannon's viewpoint. A year ago I took over Sabina's character, and we wrote a collaborative story, "The Chatelaine Bag," for ELLERY QUEEN'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE. The process-we haven't collaborated on a full novel since BEYOND THE GRAVE in 1986-was so pleasurable that we decided to expand Carpenter & Quincannon into novel form.

The first of the collaborations, THE BUGHOUSE GAMBIT, is due at the same time as the McCone. Thus, the endless typing. And I can't even do that properly: I taught myself on my Tom Thumb at age eight-a bizarre system that involves only two fingers. I do go fast, though.

For those of you who prefer audio and e-books, the McCone backlist will be available starting next fall from GoAudio (formerly BBC). They're a great company and cast the characters very well.

Does it seem to you that this year is already rushing along? I'll be getting back to you sooner than you think!

Marcia

P.S. The next Sharon McCone novel, CITY OF WHISPERS, will hit stores in October!

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September 2010

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COMING BACK - In Hardcover Oct. 28th
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Coming back at you! And COMING BACK is also the title of my new Sharon McCone novel, to be published on October 28. My husband Bill Pronzini's next non series novel, THE HIDDEN will appear on November 9, so once again we'll be doing SF Bay Area appearances together. (These are listed on my Tour Schedule.)

COMING BACK not only concerns McCone's physical rehabilitation from Locked-In Syndrome, but also her battle with clandestine governmental and quasi governmental agencies, one of which has spirited away a friend who supposedly knew too much about their activities both at home and abroad.

THE HIDDEN is a thriller set on the northern California coast during a winter storm that cuts off the few people who are spending the week between Christmas and New Years in an isolated stretch of vacation cabins--one of them being the notorious Coastline Killer. Believe me, it's creepy!

This year, Bouchercon By the Bay, the World Mystery Convention, will be held in San Francisco on October 14-16, and we'll be there too. (For more info on this terrific weekend event, go to bcon2010.com.) We aren't yet sure on times and locations of our signings, but copies of the books will be available in the dealers' room, notably at Book Max, good friend Rod Zimmerman, proprietor, and Ed Kaufmann's M is for Mystery. And if we not there to sign, you can always find us in the lobby, the bar, or at Union Square feeding the pigeons.

I am not bragging because it is Her honor: Sharon McCone is being given the Hammer by Private Writers of America--a life achievement award for fictional characters. I will be accepting for her. And Bill is up for a PWA Shamus for SCHEMERS, as I am for LOCKED IN. No family squabble there: we both hope the other--or somebody more deserving--will receive it. LOCKED IN is nominated for the Barry Award, in honor of the late Barry Gardener, one of the best fan reviewers ever.

What an amazing year; we're truly humbled by the outpouring of affection for our work. We're also realistic: things change, and next year we may be competing for peanuts with the pigeons in the parks of St. Louis.

On a sad note, my extremely kind, humorous, and perceptive editor at GC Books, Les Pockell, died on July 28. He is greatly missed, both by his authors and the staff there. One of my fondest memories of his editorial acumen and tact is when he gently pointed out that within 50 pages of one of my manuscripts, a German Shepherd had "mysteriously "morphed" into a Doberman. His assistant, Celia Johnson, has shouldered Les's responsibilities in addition to her own, and is doing wonderfully.

Hope to see you at the Con or elsewhere in the year to come. In the meantime, happy reading!

Marcia

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COMING BACK - In Hardcover Oct. 28th
In LOCKED IN, San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone was shot in the head and suffered from locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but with an alert, conscious mind. Now, as Sharon struggles to regain control over her body, she wants everything to go back to normal, but realizes that it may not be possible to return to her old life. Meanwhile, Sharon's relationships are suffering. Her husband is impatient with her refusal to accept help and some of her colleagues doubt her abilities after the accident.

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LOCKED IN - In Paperback Sept. 28th

LOCKED IN opens with a startling first chapter. As Sharon returns to her office at night on a deserted fog-bound pier, she is shot by an unknown assailant. Waking in the hospital she finds she is suffering from locked in syndrome: trapped in her body, unable to speak or move (except for her eyelids) but with an alert, conscious mind. As her husband, Hy Ripinsky, and the operatives of her detective agency fan out to discover who attacked Sharon, she struggles to break free of her body’s prison. Several murders will occur before the case draws to its shocking conclusion.

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June 2010

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Well, I think I said to you all in December that I'd be getting back to you in 2010. But six months? A trifle long. Here I am, having just taken my first swim after a very murky, cold spring. That's why I'm so enjoying writing the next Sharon McCone novel, CITY OF WHISPERS, which takes place during a warm and sunny September. A friend of mine always has a Beginning of Summer party that month, because it's when the city shines.

Sharon McCone's next case, COMING BACK, is slated for late October. In it, she struggles to regain her former self after suffering Locked In Syndrome, and finds it not that easy to do. As you may recall, in LOCKED IN, Sharon McCone has been shot in the head and is in a semi comatose state--she can hear, see, but not move or communicate except by eye blinks--yet in the end puts the final touches to the solution of who shot her.

I'm on the home stretch with CITY OF WHISPERS which, as you may suspect features San Francisco in its various fascinating aspects. Interesting that I'm finishing the book this week, which is predicted to be the hottest of the year. Due to some natural rhythm, I always finish then, and have to work in my bathing suit.

It's been a quiet year, although I did travel to Portland, Oregon, for the Public Library Association's yearly meeting, where I spoke at the banquet with fellow writers--and favorites--Chelsea Cain and Sue Grafton--then spent a few days touring the McMinnville area for settings for the book under progress (to say nothing of wine tasting, fine dining, and spending time with old friends). Travels for the rest of the summer will be limited to shuttling up and down the coast to Bill's and my own version of Touchstone--which always gives me inspiration.

Back to you in the fall. Really!
Marcia

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LOCKED IN, the newest Sharon McCone novel, opens with a startling first chapter. As Sharon returns to her office at night on a deserted fog-bound pier, she is shot by an unknown assailant. Waking in the hospital she finds she is suffering from locked in syndrome: trapped in her body, unable to speak or move (except for her eyelids) but with an alert, conscious mind. As her husband, Hy Ripinsky, and the operatives of her detective agency fan out to discover who attacked Sharon, she struggles to break free of her body’s prison. Several murders will occur before the case draws to its shocking conclusion.

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December 2009

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Greetings and best wishes for a happy holiday season!

Right now we’re waiting for the snow. Yes, snow in California. The hills in the Sonoma Valley are already dusted and if it rains as predicted tonight, we’ll have a white December 15. The snow never lasts for more than a day, but when it comes down they close the schools so the kids can play and make snowmen.

As we all get ready for the holidays, I have Sharon McCone news for you. COMING BACK, Sharon McCone’s 27th case will be published next October. It’s a story of recovery, disappearance, and political intrigue. Reflective of the troubled times we’ve been experiencing. There is hope in its ending, however, and that’s what we need most of all now.

Then in the book I am working on now for 2011, in her 28th case, CITY OF WHISPERS, Sharon is experiencing beautiful summer weather--in September, because that’s when San Francisco’s summer truly begins. She’s mostly recovered from the after effects of Locked In Syndrome and still can’t overdo, but when a family member asks for help, she jumps right in.

Step brother Darcy Blackhawk is a disturbed young man who until recently has been living under a bridge on the Salmon River in Idaho. Now he’s on the loose in San Francisco, and McCone fears he has a fatal date with the Golden Gate. When last seen he was headed that way. And that is all I’ve written so far. Stay tuned....

The sky just cleared. No snow after all. As a former Michigander, I’d sort of hoped for it.

Back to you in 2010,

Marcia

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Now in Hardcover -- LOCKED IN
LOCKED IN, the newest Sharon McCone novel, opens with a startling first chapter. As Sharon returns to her office at night on a deserted fog-bound pier, she is shot by an unknown assailant. Waking in the hospital she finds she is suffering from locked in syndrome: trapped in her body, unable to speak or move (except for her eyelids) but with an alert, conscious mind. As her husband, Hy Ripinsky, and the operatives of her detective agency fan out to discover who attacked Sharon, she struggles to break free of her body’s prison. Several murders will occur before the case draws to its shocking conclusion.

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Now in Paperback -- BURN OUT

Intrepid P.I. Sharon McCone returns -- as you’ve never seen her before -- in a spellbinding new novel set in California’s high-desert country.

Traumatized by a recent life-or-death investigation, Sharon McCone flees to her ranch in California’s high desert country to contemplate her future. Deep depression shadows her days and nights, and a chance encounter with a troubled, highly secretive Native American woman begins to haunt her dreams. Even though she is determined not to investigate anything during her stay
-- and perhaps not ever again -- McCone is drawn into the plight of the young woman and her dysfunctional family. A murder and traces of violence at a deserted resort lead her across the desert and into Nevada, and finally to a remote and isolated ranch, where danger lies closer than she expects -- and where her future and life itself may hang in the balance.

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September 2009

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Greetings from “sunny” California where, on last Saturday night, we experienced a six-hour thunder-and-lightening storm, the likes of which I haven’t seen since ten years ago in Minneapolis. Our power went out and, as I crept through the house making sure the cats were in, I felt like a character in a Gothic novel.

October 15th is the publication date of Sharon McCone’s next adventure, LOCKED IN.
Actually, it’s not much of an adventure for her -- she’s trapped in a locked in state, having been shot in the head and confined to a hospital bed. Her cohorts at McCone Investigations are determined to find the person who put her there, and Sharon, who can’t move or speak but is in full possession of her detecting skills, guides them, and eventually identifies her own shooter.

Not to worry, McCone recovers. In next year’s novel, COMING BACK -- just finished last week -- she copes with physical rehab, as well as the emotional issues of someone whose friends and family still regard her as not quite the woman she used to be. And, in spite of their reservations, she proves herself to have come all the way back.

I hope you’ll enjoy LOCKED IN and the opportunity to spend time with ongoing series characters -- Hy Ripinsky, Rae Kelleher, Mick Savage, Craig Morland, and Julia Rafael.

Back to you soon,

Marcia

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Coming October 15th -- LOCKED IN

LOCKED IN, the newest Sharon McCone novel, opens with a startling first chapter. As Sharon returns to her office at night on a deserted fog-bound pier, she is shot by an unknown assailant. Waking in the hospital she finds she is suffering from locked in syndrome: trapped in her body, unable to speak or move (except for her eyelids) but with an alert, conscious mind. As her husband, Hy Ripinsky, and the operatives of her detective agency fan out to discover who attacked Sharon, she struggles to break free of her body’s prison. Several murders will occur before the case draws to its shocking conclusion.

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Pre-order the Paperback -- BURN OUT

Intrepid P.I. Sharon McCone returns -- as you’ve never seen her before -- in a spellbinding new novel set in California’s high-desert country.

Traumatized by a recent life-or-death investigation, Sharon McCone flees to her ranch in California’s high desert country to contemplate her future. Deep depression shadows her days and nights, and a chance encounter with a troubled, highly secretive Native American woman begins to haunt her dreams. Even though she is determined not to investigate anything during her stay
-- and perhaps not ever again -- McCone is drawn into the plight of the young woman and her dysfunctional family. A murder and traces of violence at a deserted resort lead her across the desert and into Nevada, and finally to a remote and isolated ranch, where danger lies closer than she expects -- and where her future and life itself may hang in the balance.

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March 2009

Greetings from Marcia Muller

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Aloha!

The reason for that term of address is that Bill and I are just back from the beautiful Kohala Coast on the Island of Hawaii--where the sun didn't shine, but Left Coast Crime did. It was an extremely well organized conference, with interesting and unusual panels, and there were a lot of young, talented new people in attendance, as well as established folks--don't read that "geezers"--like us. JJ Lamb, a friend from way back, conducted an excellent interview with Bill and me--at least his part was excellent. And he didn't give away any of our secrets!

After ten days of gale-force winds, rain, and overcast skies--which didn't prevent us from swimming with the sea turtles and floating in the tidepools--we returned to sunshine in California. Spring fever has hit, but there is work to be done. My next McCone novel, LOCKED IN is in production, to be released in October. It's a major departure for the series--to say nothing of Sharon's usual life--and I think you'll be interested to get inside the minds of such ongoing characters as Hy Ripinsky, Mick Savage, Rae Kelleher, Julia Rafael, and Craig Morland.

I'm now halfway into the next McCone, COMING BACK--which...well, I can't say too much about it yet, except that it concerns matters of national security. Again, in addition to Sharon, you'll be seeing several ongoing series characters in action.

My best wishes to you all for a pleasant springtime.

Marcia

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To Hold You Over Until Fall: BURN OUT

Intrepid P.I. Sharon McCone returns--as you've never seen her before--in a spellbinding new novel set in California's high-desert country.

Traumatized by a recent life-or-death investigation, Sharon McCone flees to her ranch in California's high desert country to contemplate her future. Deep depression shadows her days and nights, and a chance encounter with a troubled, highly secretive Native American woman begins to haunt her dreams. Even though she is determined not to investigate anything during her stay--and perhaps not ever again--McCone is drawn into the plight of the young woman and her dysfunctional family. A murder and traces of violence at a deserted resort lead her across the desert and into Nevada, and finally to a remote and isolated ranch, where danger lies closer than she expects--and where her future and life itself may hang in the balance.

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Paperback: THE EVER-RUNNING MAN

Sharon McCone is hired by her husband's security firm to track down "the ever-running man," a shadowy figure who has been leaving explosive devices at their various offices. She doesn't have to search for long. When McCone narrowly escapes an explosion at the security firm's San Francisco offices, she catches a glimpse of his retreating figure. The ever-running man is dangerously close -- and anyone connected to the firm seems to be within his deadly range. To complicate matters, McCone is forced to question her intensely private husband, Hy, about his involvement in some of the firm's dark secrets. The history of corruption may jeopardize their marriage, but uncovering the secrets of the firm may be the only way she can save her husband's life, and her own.

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December 2008

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Greetings!  I hope all’s well with you and yours.

October was a great month:  Indian summer, and the publication of Sharon McCone’s latest case, BURN OUT and Bill’s new stand alone, THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE. 

I also delivered McCone’s next, LOCKED IN, to the publisher.  Be prepared for a new direction in the series and a closer look at other on-going characters:  Rae Kelleher, Julia Rafael, Craig Morland, Mick Savage, and--of course--Hy Ripinsky.

It’s been a busy year:  travels to New York (where Bill received MWA’s Grand Master award); a trek to Scottsdale, AZ for the Western Writers of America con (where we received a Spur award for our collaborative novella, “Crucifixion River”); a journey north for a wonderful library event in Salem, Oregon.

And now the hiatus between finishing the last book and beginning the new one:  ideas are percolating slowly, notes are being added to the preliminary file.

For anybody planning on heading for the Kona Coast of Hawaii for Left Coast Crime (March 7-12) we’ll see you there. It’s a beautiful place, our favorite in the Islands.

Wishing you very happy holidays and the best for the New Year,

Marcia


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Now in Stores: BURN OUT

Intrepid P.I. Sharon McCone returns--as you've never seen her before--in a spellbinding new novel set in California's high-desert country.

Traumatized by a recent life-or-death investigation, Sharon McCone flees to her ranch in California's high desert country to contemplate her future. Deep depression shadows her days and nights, and a chance encounter with a troubled, highly secretive Native American woman begins to haunt her dreams. Even though she is determined not to investigate anything during her stay--and perhaps not ever again--McCone is drawn into the plight of the young woman and her dysfunctional family. A murder and traces of violence at a deserted resort lead her across the desert and into Nevada, and finally to a remote and isolated ranch, where danger lies closer than she expects--and where her future and life itself may hang in the balance.

Buy the book here.

Click here to read more about BURN OUT.



Now in Paperback: THE EVER-RUNNING MAN

Sharon McCone is hired by her husband's security firm to track down "the ever-running man," a shadowy figure who has been leaving explosive devices at their various offices. She doesn't have to search for long. When McCone narrowly escapes an explosion at the security firm's San Francisco offices, she catches a glimpse of his retreating figure. The ever-running man is dangerously close -- and anyone connected to the firm seems to be within his deadly range. To complicate matters, McCone is forced to question her intensely private husband, Hy, about his involvement in some of the firm's dark secrets. The history of corruption may jeopardize their marriage, but uncovering the secrets of the firm may be the only way she can save her husband's life, and her own.

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June 2008

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Wherever you are, I hope you're enjoying good spring weather. Here in Northern California, we're having a heat wave. It's quite a contrast to the cool, often rainy days we experienced in New York City a month ago.

We were there for Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Week, when my husband, Bill Pronzini, was given MWA's Grand Master award. We had a great time seeing old friends, agents, and publishing people, and we managed to get the award--a ceramic head of Edgar Allan Poe--through airport security after being x-rayed only three times. I kept thinking of that film about heads in a dufflebag....

So now we have two of those heads in the household, making us the only living married couple to have been graced with this honor (the other being Margaret Millar and Ross Macdonald, whose work we both admired). It's a wonderful experience, but also a humbling one to be on a list with so many writers whose work inspired us.

Back to reality. Doing the laundry, cleaning the cat box, running errands.

I'm at work on my next Sharon McCone novel, THE LOCKED-IN SYNDROME, which will be published a year from October. BURN OUT, McCone's most recent adventure, will be published by Grand Central Books (formerly Warner) this October. Look out for some big changes in both.

For those of you in Arizona and Oregon, both Bill and will be at the Poison Pen in Scottsdale and the Salem Public Library in June. Please check the "Tour Dates" page under "About Marcia" for details.

Hoping you all have a lovely summer. Back to you in the fall.

Marcia

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Coming October 2008 --- BURN OUT

Intrepid P.I. Sharon McCone returns--as you've never seen her before--in a spellbinding new novel set in California's high-desert country.

Traumatized by a recent life-or-death investigation, Sharon McCone flees to her ranch in California's high desert country to contemplate her future. Deep depression shadows her days and nights, and a chance encounter with a troubled, highly secretive Native American woman begins to haunt her dreams. Even though she is determined not to investigate anything during her stay--and perhaps not ever again--McCone is drawn into the plight of the young woman and her dysfunctional family. A murder and traces of violence at a deserted resort lead her across the desert and into Nevada, and finally to a remote and isolated ranch, where danger lies closer than she expects--and where her future and life itself may hang in the balance.

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Pre-order the Paperback --- THE EVER-RUNNING MAN

Sharon McCone is hired by her husband's security firm to track down "the ever-running man," a shadowy figure who has been leaving explosive devices at their various offices. She doesn't have to search for long. When McCone narrowly escapes an explosion at the security firm's San Francisco offices, she catches a glimpse of his retreating figure. The ever-running man is dangerously close -- and anyone connected to the firm seems to be within his deadly range. To complicate matters, McCone is forced to question her intensely private husband, Hy, about his involvement in some of the firm's dark secrets. The history of corruption may jeopardize their marriage, but uncovering the secrets of the firm may be the only way she can save her husband's life, and her own.

Read an excerpt here.
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November 2007

November First...

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November First...

Crisp air flavored by woodsmoke, red and golden leaves amid the green oaks and eucalyptus, smashed pumpkins and other Halloween wreckage on the streets.  Autumn is here.

This month sees the publication by Five Star of Bill’s and my collection, CRUCIFIXION RIVER. Although it’s billed as a western, the stories are also tales of crime and detection. Five have been previously published, but there are three new ones: a novella by the two of us, a John Quincannon story by Bill, and a Sabina Carpenter story by me. None have been collected in the same volume before, and we’re very excited about it.

November, of course, is the beginning of the holidays. Special gatherings with friends and family, leading up to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. This year is a bittersweet one for me: in May I lost a beloved brother, but the gains have been great, too. My closest sister and her husband (to say nothing of their 28-pound cat) moved from Michigan to live five minutes away from us, and dear friends from the Sacramento area, who have stood by us through thick and thin, bought a home here. The key word for this year’s holidays is change, but they will be good ones.

Similarly, Sharon McCone has been going through changes in BURN OUT, to be published by Grand Central Books (formerly Warner Books) next October.  In it, you’ll see a McCone you’ve never glimpsed before: doubting her desire to go on with her profession and deeply mired in depression. But, as with her creator, doubts are resolved, depression lifts and, as the holidays descend upon her, her life takes a new and satisfying direction.

I hope you all have very happy holidays.  Back to you in the spring!

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Now in Stores --- THE EVER-RUNNING MAN

Sharon McCone is hired by her husband's security firm to track down "the ever-running man," a shadowy figure who has been leaving explosive devices at their various offices. She doesn't have to search for long. When McCone narrowly escapes an explosion at the security firm's San Francisco offices, she catches a glimpse of his retreating figure. The ever-running man is dangerously close -- and anyone connected to the firm seems to be within his deadly range. To complicate matters, McCone is forced to question her intensely private husband, Hy, about his involvement in some of the firm's dark secrets. The history of corruption may jeopardize their marriage, but uncovering the secrets of the firm may be the only way she can save her husband's life, and her own.

Read an excerpt here.

Click here to read more about THE EVER-RUNNING MAN.



Now in Paperback --- VANISHING POINT

VANISHING POINT, McCone's 24th adventure, begins just after she and her longtime lover Hy Ripinsky have finally tied the knot. But there isn't much time for celebration. At a family reception she agrees to investigate the disappearance, 22 years before, of Laurel Greenwood, an artist and housewife who inexplicably vanished leaving behind two young daughters and a husband.

New evidence suggests that the woman may have led a strange double life. But before McCone can penetrate that tangled web she must first solve a second disappearance that of her client -- Laurel Greenwood's grown daughter.

From the central California coast, to the gold-mining area, to the lush hills of south central Oregon, Sharon follows the chilling evidence. It is one of her most complex cases, bringing her up against two truly dysfunctional marriages -- just as she embarks on her own.

Read an excerpt here.

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July 2007

Happy Summer!

Now in Stores --- THE EVER-RUNNING MAN

Now in Paperback --- VANISHING POINT

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Happy Summer!

If I sound somewhat giddy, it’s because today -- a couple of hours ago, actually -- I finished with McCone’s next case, BURN OUT. She's definitely in a sorry state, worn out by previous cases and thinking of selling her agency. I can’t reveal to you how she solves her problem; she forbids me to do so.

The above paragraph shows how deeply we writers of series fiction identify -- and are bossed around by -- our characters. Sharon and I have been together since 1972, when I penned my first, abortive attempts about her, and the connection grows stronger year by year.

And she grows bossier.

This month marks the publication of the 25th McCone novel, THE EVER- RUNNING MAN. It’s available to buy at all the usual places, and should be in the stores now. I think I’ve mentioned that it’s an explosive case -- literally -- and I’ve been extremely gratified by the advance reviews. I’ve kind of made a career of blowing things up, but now I think I’ve finally gotten it out of my system.

Onward to other forms of mayhem....

A collection of my short stories, SOMEWHERE IN THE CITY, was due out from Pegasus Books on June 1, but the ship date now says August 31.

To those of you who have preordered it, I apologize for the publisher’s delay. Bill and I have a collection of western short stories -- with a new co-authored novella and also John Quincannon and Sabina Carpenter stories (I borrowed Sabina for my contributions) -- to be published by Five Star in November. And, finally, 1001 MIDNIGHTS: THE AFICIONADO’S GUIDE TO MYSTERY AND DETECTIVE FICTION, has been reissued in its original format, with a new introduction, by Battered Silicon Dispatch Box. Copies can be ordered by e-mail from gav@bmts.com.

So that’s the news on the writing/publishing front. Otherwise the weather is balmy here, and life is good. I wish you all the best the summer season can offer.

Back to you in the fall.

--Marcia Muller

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Now in Stores --- THE EVER-RUNNING MAN

Sharon McCone is hired by her husband's security firm to track down "the ever-running man," a shadowy figure who has been leaving explosive devices at their various offices. She doesn't have to search for long. When McCone narrowly escapes an explosion at the security firm's San Francisco offices, she catches a glimpse of his retreating figure. The ever-running man is dangerously close -- and anyone connected to the firm seems to be within his deadly range. To complicate matters, McCone is forced to question her intensely private husband, Hy, about his involvement in some of the firm's dark secrets. The history of corruption may jeopardize their marriage, but uncovering the secrets of the firm may be the only way she can save her husband's life, and her own.

Read an excerpt here.

Click here to read more about THE EVER-RUNNING MAN.



Now in Paperback --- VANISHING POINT

VANISHING POINT, McCone's 24th adventure, begins just after she and her longtime lover Hy Ripinsky have finally tied the knot. But there isn't much time for celebration. At a family reception she agrees to investigate the disappearance, 22 years before, of Laurel Greenwood, an artist and housewife who inexplicably vanished leaving behind two young daughters and a husband.

New evidence suggests that the woman may have led a strange double life. But before McCone can penetrate that tangled web she must first solve a second disappearance that of her client -- Laurel Greenwood's grown daughter.

From the central California coast, to the gold-mining area, to the lush hills of south central Oregon, Sharon follows the chilling evidence. It is one of her most complex cases, bringing her up against two truly dysfunctional marriages -- just as she embarks on her own.

Read an excerpt here.

Click here to read more about VANISHING POINT.



New Signing Date

Saturday, July 14th, 2:00 pm
Signing with Bill Pronzini
M is for Mystery
74 E. Third Avenue
San Mateo, CA

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April 2007

Finally Spring!

Now in Stores --- SOMEWHERE IN THE CITY

Coming July 12th --- THE EVER-RUNNING MAN

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Finally Spring!

We're out of the winter doldrums here in northern California, and glad of it ---although I have to say that I get a lot of work done in those first few gloomy months of the year.

Two days ago I received the advance reading copies of this year's McCone novel, THE EVER-RUNNING MAN. It has a beautiful cover, and the jacket copy says it's one of Sharon's "most explosive cases."

This is true; many things blow up. My editor told me that it must be "very cathartic" to fictionally detonate that much, but I could tell from his tone that he was relieved to live on the opposite coast from me. My husband, Bill Pronzini, has made me promise that I won't blow anything else up for at least three books to come!

More about the new book as publication date, July 12, approaches.

April 1 was the publication date of my new short story collection, SOMEWHERE IN THE CITY, from Pegasus Books. The tales are all previously published, but some in obscure places, so they'll be unfamiliar to most readers. And finally, in November, a western collection of Bill's and my stories, CRUCIFIXION RIVER, will be published by Five Star. It contains a new collaborative novella, as well as an original John Quincannon story by Bill and a Sabina Carpenter story by me. Sabina's really Bill's character (and Quincannon's professional partner), so it was interesting to write from her viewpoint and see Quincannon through her eyes.

Back to work on next year's McCone novel, BURN OUT, now. No, I haven't taken to burning things up. The title refers to her emotional state after this year's explosive case, and she's sought refuge at Hy's and her ranch in the high desert to contemplate her future. Soon, however, she finds other mysterious things to contemplate....

Back to you in July. Have a great spring!

--Marcia Muller

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Now in Stores --- SOMEWHERE IN THE CITY

"Her stories crackle like few others on the mystery landscape."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"One of the treasures of the genre."
-Chicago Tribune

A new collection of Marcia Muller's best short fiction from the past twenty years, including hardboiled private-eye, horror, western, and psychological suspense stories.

Click here to read more about SOMEWHERE IN THE CITY.



Coming July 12th --- THE EVER-RUNNING MAN

Sharon McCone is hired by her husband's security firm to track down "the ever-running man," a shadowy figure who has been leaving explosive devices at their various offices. She doesn't have to search for long. When McCone narrowly escapes an explosion at the security firm's San Francisco offices, she catches a glimpse of his retreating figure. The ever-running man is dangerously close --- and anyone connected to the firm seems to be within his deadly range. To complicate matters, McCone is forced to question her intensely private husband, Hy, about his involvement in some of the firm's dark secrets. The history of corruption may jeopardize their marriage, but uncovering the secrets of the firm may be the only way she can save her husband's life, and her own.

Click here to read more about THE EVER-RUNNING MAN.



New Signing Dates

Friday, May 18 - 7:30 pm
Signing with Bill Pronzini
The Madelyn Helling Library,
980 Helling Avenue,
Nevada City, CA

Saturday, July 14 2:00 pm
Signing with Bill Pronzini
M is for Mystery
74 E. Third Avenue
San Mateo, CA

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December 2006

Here it is --- Already December!

Now in Stores: VANISHING POINT

Now Available in Paperback --- CAPE PERDIDO

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Here it is --- Already December!

The last few months have flown by for Bill and me. I delivered Sharon McCone's next case, THE EVER-RUNNING MAN, in September. Then we began working on a collaborative western short-story collection, CRUCIFIXION RIVER, which will be out from Five Star Books about this time next year.

"Western" is a loose term for these stories; there's a McCone and a "Nameless Detective", and one other is set as far east as Minnesota. The title novella, which we wrote together, is set in the Sacramento Delta in the 1880's.

In the middle of that process, we went to the Big Island of Hawaii for a "restful" vacation, and awoke halfway through it to a massive earthquake --- 6.7 on the Richter Scale --- followed by a second; this one 6.3.

We noticed the neighbors fleeing to higher ground, realized that earthquakes at sea can produce tsunamis, and followed. No tsunami, but we met some interesting people while we looked out to sea and waited for the civil defense radio to tell us we could go home. Miraculously, nothing in the seaside house we were renting broke, although stuff was tossed around.

Turns out we were 4 miles from the epicenter! So much for restful. Upon our return, we finished the CRUCIFIXION RIVER project. I made some revisions on THE EVER-RUNNING MAN. Bill revised and delivered his next "Nameless" novel, FEVER. I did an introduction for a "best of" --- or maybe "the author's favorites of" --- short-story collection, SOMEWHERE IN THE CITY, to be published on April 1 --- I'm not sure April Fool's Day is an auspicious date --- of next year by Pegasus Books.

And --- oh, my God, I'm making myself tired just thinking of all this! --- we then corrected the proofs for a reissue of 1001 MIDNIGHTS: THE AFICIANADO'S GUIDE TO MYSTERY AND DETECTIVE FICTION (originally published in 1985), which will be out in late January by --- you're not going to believe this -- The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box Press.  

Yeah, really. I couldn't believe it myself. They're a very good, small Canadian outfit, and their publisher really wanted to see 1001 back in print. Proofing it was a retro experience: imagine a reference work on the genre that doesn't mention such writers as Laurie King, Michael Connelly, Laura Lippman, or Robert Crais.  But due to the huge number of the mini-reviews contained within, there's no way we could --- or would --- update it without going completely insane. While proofing it, it was good to revisit the capsule descriptions of books we'd read and, mostly, loved 22 years ago.

One thing I should point out about my web site: I've had to remove the option to contact me directly. Not because I didn't enjoy messages from readers, but because what web-savvy people call "robo-spammers" have infiltrated my account. I was getting up to 150 spam messages per day, and usually it was difficult to separate out the real people from the robots. I always enjoy hearing from you on the guest book, and if you wish to contact me in perrson, you can always do so through the publicity department at Warner Books.

I hope you all had a very good Thanksgiving, and that your holidays will be happy ones. Back to you next spring!

--Marcia Muller

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Now in Stores: VANISHING POINT

VANISHING POINT, McCone's 24th adventure, begins just after she and her longtime lover Hy Ripinsky have finally tied the knot. But there isn't much time for celebration. At a family reception she agrees to investigate the disappearance, 22 years before, of Laurel Greenwood, an artist and housewife who inexplicably vanished leaving behind two young daughters and a husband. New evidence suggests that the woman may have led a strange double life. But before McCone can penetrate that tangled web she must first solve a second disappearance that of her client --- Laurel Greenwood's grown daughter. From the central California coast, to the gold-mining area, to the lush hills of south central Oregon, Sharon follows the chilling evidence. It is one of her most complex cases, bringing her up against two truly dysfunctional marriages --- just as she embarks on her own.

Click here to read more about VANISHING POINT.



Now Available in Paperback --- CAPE PERDIDO

Marcia Muller, bestselling author of the acclaimed series starring San Francisco P.I. Sharon McCone, returns to the remote northern California coast of Point Deception and Cyanide Wells with an exciting new novel. A riveting mystery full of atmosphere and suspense, this tale explores the dark heart of a small town where passion --- and murder --- runs as deep as the river that flows through it... CAPE PERDIDO.

Amid ancient redwoods and sun-dappled reeds, the Perdido River runs clear and cold from the mountains of Soledad County to the blue Pacific. A wildlife refuge and a pristine recreational area, the river brings tourists to the old lumber town of Cape Perdido...and flows through the memories and hearts of the rugged people who have settled there since the Gold Rush days.

Now that is about to change. An out-of-state corporation wants to pump the river nearly dry and float the water to southern California's thirsty cities in huge rubber rafts. With lobbyists, lawyers, and dirty tricks, the company intends to get what it wants --- any way it can.

Against this corporate Goliath, a community protest group and four unusual individuals are drawing a line in the sand. Flying in from New York City, ecologist Jessie Domingo hopes to grab headlines for her cause. Environmentalist Joseph Openshaw has come back to the home, and the secrets, he left behind decades ago. His former lover, local restaurateur Steph Pace, fears both the emotions and the ghosts arriving to haunt her. And old man Timothy McNear, owner of the defunct mill that once employed most of the town, silently broods about the sins he has hidden for too long.

But no one envisions what will happen when the crack of a sniper's bullet sets off a chain of desperate acts. As the peace of this small town is shattered, murder stains Cape Perdido, and one by one, those who stand tall for a cause may be swept away by the current of a town's ugly truths --- and a killer's revenge.

-Click here to read an excerpt from CAPE PERDIDO.

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July 2006

Celebrate Summer with VANISHING POINT!

VANISHING POINT Hits Shelves on July 10th!

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Celebrate Summer with VANISHING POINT!

Sharon McCone's 24th major investigation, VANISHING POINT, goes on sale July 10th. This time she's trying to solve a 22-year-old cold case, the mysterious disappearance of Laurel Greenwood, a Paso Robles housewife. The job she undertakes for Laurel's grown daughter takes her from San Francisco to the central coast of California, and eventually to south central Oregon. But first she has a post wedding party to attend. That's right --- a wedding. She and Hy Ripinsky have finally tied the knot.
 
The wedding party scene was tremendously fun to write, as was a later wedding reception thrown by Sharon's adoptive mother, in which her extended family --- biological and adoptive --- come together for the first time. But even though she's married, McCone --- who is no poster woman for the concept of commitment --- continues to question the institution. Particularly when her investigation leads to a series of unpleasant discoveries that lay bare the rotten foundations of two marriages. Even with her ever-growing office staff mobilized to assist her, the case is a difficult one: she has to contend with the conflicting and cloudy memories of the witnesses to Laurel's disappearance, as well as their omissions and outright lies. Then there's the story leaked to the newspaper about her investigation, which leaves her feeling exposed and vulnerable. And the shot that someone takes at her in the courtyard of her hotel. And the disappearance of her client --- a disappearance that eerily mirrors her mother's.  Plus there's the fact that Ripinsky is spending an inordinate amount of time at his security firm's training camp in the desert.
 
As I'm writing this, Sharon is in the home stretch of her next adventure, THE EVER-RUNNING MAN, which you can expect out at this time next year. It's an explosive tale --- literally --- and because blowing things up fictionally is a great stress reliever, it's moving right along. Although in recent years I've been alternating between series and nonseries books, I made the decision last year to concentrate exclusively on the McCones. After all, she has so many more stories to tell....
 
Have a great summer!  Back to you in the fall.

--Marcia Muller (Marcia@MarciaMuller.com)

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VANISHING POINT Hits Shelves on July 10th!

VANISHING POINT, McCone's 24th adventure, begins just after she and her longtime lover Hy Ripinsky have finally tied the knot. But there isn't much time for celebration. At a family reception she agrees to investigate the disappearance, 22 years before, of Laurel Greenwood, an artist and housewife who inexplicably vanished leaving behind two young daughters and a husband. New evidence suggests that the woman may have led a strange double life. But before McCone can penetrate that tangled web she must first solve a second disappearance that of her client --- Laurel Greenwood's grown daughter. From the central California coast, to the gold-mining area, to the lush hills of south central Oregon, Sharon follows the chilling evidence. It is one of her most complex cases, bringing her up against two truly dysfunctional marriages --- just as she embarks on her own.

Click here to read more about VANISHING POINT.



Now Available in Paperback --- CAPE PERDIDO

Marcia Muller, bestselling author of the acclaimed series starring San Francisco P.I. Sharon McCone, returns to the remote northern California coast of Point Deception and Cyanide Wells with an exciting new novel. A riveting mystery full of atmosphere and suspense, this tale explores the dark heart of a small town where passion --- and murder --- runs as deep as the river that flows through it... CAPE PERDIDO.

Amid ancient redwoods and sun-dappled reeds, the Perdido River runs clear and cold from the mountains of Soledad County to the blue Pacific. A wildlife refuge and a pristine recreational area, the river brings tourists to the old lumber town of Cape Perdido...and flows through the memories and hearts of the rugged people who have settled there since the Gold Rush days.

Now that is about to change. An out-of-state corporation wants to pump the river nearly dry and float the water to southern California's thirsty cities in huge rubber rafts. With lobbyists, lawyers, and dirty tricks, the company intends to get what it wants --- any way it can.

Against this corporate Goliath, a community protest group and four unusual individuals are drawing a line in the sand. Flying in from New York City, ecologist Jessie Domingo hopes to grab headlines for her cause. Environmentalist Joseph Openshaw has come back to the home, and the secrets, he left behind decades ago. His former lover, local restaurateur Steph Pace, fears both the emotions and the ghosts arriving to haunt her. And old man Timothy McNear, owner of the defunct mill that once employed most of the town, silently broods about the sins he has hidden for too long.

But no one envisions what will happen when the crack of a sniper's bullet sets off a chain of desperate acts. As the peace of this small town is shattered, murder stains Cape Perdido, and one by one, those who stand tall for a cause may be swept away by the current of a town's ugly truths --- and a killer's revenge.

-Click here to read an excerpt from CAPE PERDIDO.

Click here to read more about CAPE PERDIDO.

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March 2006

News And A Very Special Conversation

VANISHING POINT Hits Shelves on July 10th!

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News And A Very Special Conversation

Since it's the end of the gloomy month of March (and April doesn't promise to be much better in Northern California), nothing much is happening here. VANISHING POINT, the next Sharon McCone, isn't due out till July, but she and I are moving ahead with her 2007 case, THE EVER-RUNNING MAN. I did have an interesting conversation with McCone recently, and I thought I'd share it with you.
  
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN SHARON McCONE AND HER CREATOR, MARCIA MULLER

I'm climbing the spiral staircase to Her office --- Marcia Muller, my creator and lord and master of all things McCone. I've been here before, mostly peering over her shoulder and whispering, "Look, these vacations you send me on every other year while you write about those people up in Soledad County are fun, but get on with it, will you, so I can see some action again."

The loft where she works is as messy as ever: maps and aerial sectionals and books and papers strewn all over the floor, and a big orange extension cord snaking through it all to the space heater. And there she is, sitting at the computer. Probably ordering something off the Internet.

She's not writing about me; when she is, I'm right there, going through my paces. She's expecting me, though, and she swivels to face me.

"Back with more questions, are you?" she asks.
   
"A few." I move around her and perch on the edge of the desk.

"Let's get started, then," she tells me.

"First, have you gotten this Soledad County thing out of your system?"

"Why? Are you jealous?"

"I just need to know so I can plan my schedule."

The corners of her mouth twitch. She knows I'm jealous.

"Well," she says, "Soledad's really a very small county.  I think I've said all I have to say about it."

"So I'm back for good."

"You're back for good.  Unless..."

"Unless?"

"Unless something absolutely fascinating occurs to me and I just have to write about it."
   
Nothing's more fascinating than my life.  I'm back for good.
  
"Next question," she adds.

"Since I first appeared in 1977 you've put me through a lot of changes:

I left the law co-op where my career started and established my own agency; I met Hy Ripinsky and became an airplane pilot; I found out I was adopted and met my birth family; and now I'm married to Ripinsky --- which, by the way, is the most bizarre event of all.  Did you know from the beginning that these things were going to happen?"
 
"No. I found out at roughly the same time you did.  But I'd written the reasons for all those changes into your story early on. The adoption, for instance:  the clues were all there, years before you found out about it. You didn't look like your brothers and sisters; you described yourself as a white sheep in a family of black sheep; you never quite felt at home anyplace. By the way, how's married life?"

I have to think about that. "Weird. Things are the same, yet not the same. In a good way."

She nods; of course she already knew that. "Next question."

"You remember DOUBLE, the book you wrote with your husband, Bill Pronzini. I was teamed with his Nameless Detective. Are we going to share any more cases?"

"Probably not.  He's semi-retired, you know.  Oh--and he has a name now, at least a first one."

"What's that?"

"Bill."
   
Writers! They live vicariously through their characters. But that's okay --- they get to do all the work, and we characters get to have all the adventures.

"One last question," I say, "and then I'll be going. This Mystery Writers of America Grand Master award that you got last spring: who else is on the list with me?"

"Agatha Christie."

"No, I mean me."

"Oh, I see. Miss Jane Marple. Hercule Poirot."

"That silly Belgian?"

"He's not so bad. Try Perry Mason."

"The last of the honest lawyers."

"Lew Archer. The gang at the Eighty-seventh Precinct.John Dortmunder. Joe Leaphorn."

"Now you're talking!  I love all of them."

"So do I. Any more questions?"

"Not now.  But I'll be back."

"I know you will."  She turns toward her computer.

On my out, I steal a glance over her shoulder to see what she was working on. I guessed right: LLBean.com.

Back to you in June, with more details on the new book!

--Marcia Muller (Marcia@MarciaMuller.com)
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VANISHING POINT Hits Shelves on July 10th!

VANISHING POINT, McCone's 24th adventure, begins just after she and her longtime lover Hy Ripinsky have finally tied the knot. But there isn't much time for celebration. At a family reception she agrees to investigate the disappearance, 22 years before, of Laurel Greenwood, an artist and housewife who inexplicably vanished leaving behind two young daughters and a husband. New evidence suggests that the woman may have led a strange double life. But before McCone can penetrate that tangled web she must first solve a second disappearance that of her client-Laurel Greenwood's grown daughter. From the central California coast, to the gold-mining area, to the lush hills of south central Oregon, Sharon follows the chilling evidence. It is one of her most complex cases, bringing her up against two truly dysfunctional marriages-just as she embarks on her own.

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Coming out in Paperback July 1st --- CAPE PERDIDO

Marcia Muller, bestselling author of the acclaimed series starring San Francisco P.I. Sharon McCone, returns to the remote northern California coast of Point Deception and Cyanide Wells with an exciting new novel. A riveting mystery full of atmosphere and suspense, this tale explores the dark heart of a small town where passion-and murder-runs as deep as the river that flows through it... CAPE PERDIDO

Amid ancient redwoods and sun-dappled reeds, the Perdido River runs clear and cold from the mountains of Soledad County to the blue Pacific. A wildlife refuge and a pristine recreational area, the river brings tourists to the old lumber town of Cape Perdido...and flows through the memories and hearts of the rugged people who have settled there since the Gold Rush days.

Now that is about to change. An out-of-state corporation wants to pump the river nearly dry and float the water to southern California's thirsty cities in huge rubber rafts. With lobbyists, lawyers, and dirty tricks, the company intends to get what it wants-any way it can.

Against this corporate Goliath, a community protest group and four unusual individuals are drawing a line in the sand. Flying in from New York City, ecologist Jessie Domingo hopes to grab headlines for her cause. Environmentalist Joseph Openshaw has come back to the home, and the secrets, he left behind decades ago. His former lover, local restaurateur Steph Pace, fears both the emotions and the ghosts arriving to haunt her. And old man Timothy McNear, owner of the defunct mill that once employed most of the town, silently broods about the sins he has hidden for too long.

But no one envisions what will happen when the crack of a sniper's bullet sets off a chain of desperate acts. As the peace of this small town is shattered, murder stains Cape Perdido, and one by one, those who stand tall for a cause may be swept away by the current of a town's ugly truths-and a killer's revenge.

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October 2005

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I've recently returned from Washington, D.C., where I spoke at the National Book Festival, a huge event sponsored by the Library of Congress. It was estimated that close to 100,000 people visited the tent pavilions set up on the mall near the library, and seeing so many who love books was a heartening experience. Great numbers of children were in attendance, and their enthusiasm gave me hope that future generations will continue to enjoy reading.
 
Shortly before the festival, an interviewer asked me if there had been a defining moment in my career -- one that made me feel I'd accomplished what I'd set out to do. The question both surprised me and made me reflect on the years since I began my fledgling -- and very clumsy -- attempts at writing.
 
And the answer I came up with and later incorporated in my talk for the festival is one I'd like to share with you, because it proves that sometimes, if one struggles hard enough, dreams do come true.
 
Imagine this scene: the old San Francisco Public Library, a magnificent edifice with wide marble steps sweeping up to the card catalog room. Picture a 20-something version of me, walking up those steps to the mystery shelves, where she fingers the place where a book of her own might one day sit.
 
Then, burdened by as many volumes as she can check out for the week, she goes to the card catalog, opens the last 'M' drawer, and fingers the place where one day a card of her own might be filed.
 
Fast forward some 25 years. A fifty-something version of me walks up those same steps. While the cameras of a documentary film crew roll, she goes to the mystery shelves and takes down one of her own books. Then she goes to the card catalogue, opens the last 'M' drawer, and the camera zooms in on the card listing her latest title.
Now, that's about as defining a moment as you can get.
  
So here we are, heading into autumn. Crisp weather, football, pumpkins appearing on front porches, and can the holidays be far off?
  
Certainly not. Since it's a busy time for all of us, I'll send you my best wishes for a happy season now
 
Back to you in 2006!
 
--Marcia Muller (Marcia@MarciaMuller.com)
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June 2005

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I've been back from New York City for a few weeks now, and Sharon McCone and I are rushing rapidly toward the conclusion of her next case. On my office bookcase sits a statue of Edgar Allan Poe, awarded to me by Mystery Writers of America as their 2005 Grand Master. Edgar looks very nice there, although he appears to be falling asleep -- or perhaps he's been using some of those substances of which he reportedly was so fond.
 
It's a busy year. In June I'll be attending the American Library Association meeting in Chicago. For any of you who are librarians and plan to attend, Warner Books is hosting their annual luncheon, and I'd love to see you there!
 
In July CAPE PERDIDO will be published. It's another Soledad County novel, this time set in tiny coastal Cape Perdido. The Cape was once a lumber town, but now is a getaway destination for tourists and outdoor recreationists. When the water harvesting plans of a North Carolina company threaten the residents' livelihoods, four people are caught up in the fight to save the Perdido River: Jessie Domingo, an environmentalist from New York City; Joseph Openshaw, an ecologist who, upon his return to his childhood home, is forced to face the ghosts of his past; Steph Pace, a restaurateur and former lover of Openshaw's who must face the same ghosts; and Timothy McNear, a former lumber-mill owner who harbors secrets of his own. The arrival of "the waterbaggers" drives the townspeople to desperate acts, and a dramatic series of events -- including a sniper's bullet, a midnight inferno, and an abduction -- awaken the residents of Cape Perdido to unsavory truths about the town -- and one another.
 
I'll be signing the above title in the San Francisco Bay Area in July -- dates and times posted on the signing schedule page -- and also at the Bouchercon in Chicago over Labor Day weekend. Hope to see some of you there!

McCone calls, so I'll close for now. I've got to extricate her from a tricky situation.
 
Have a great summer!
 
Marcia Muller
June 2005
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I'm sitting in my office looking out at the winter rain, but I also can see a cloud of white blossoms on my plum tree.  The acacias are in full bloom and the fields are dotted with wild mustard.  In addition to making me sneeze -- Sonoma County, California, is the allergy capital of the world -- the rampant new growth makes me think of springtime.  Specifically, springtime in New York City. 

My big news this year is that I'm going east in late April for the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Week, where they will be honoring me with their Grand Master Award.  I'm thrilled to be joining a roster of names that begins with Agatha Christie, and a part of me keeps whispering, "What on earth am I doing in this impressive company?"  For the information of those of you in the New York area, I'll be signing -- along with the Edgar Award nominees -- at Borders Books, East 57th Street at Park Avenue, on Wednesday, April 27, from 12 noon to 1:30.  I'd love to meet any of you who can make it.

In the meantime, I'll be escaping the winter doldrums by plunging into work.  My new novel, CAPE PERDIDO (the third Soledad County novel), is in the final stages of production and will be published on July 19th.  It's a tale of one small community's battle to save their environment and way of life from the designs of a large, greedy corporation.  A theme for our times, you might say.

Sharon McCone has returned from her most recent hiatus and is well into her next case, titled LONG TIME GONE.  We're getting to know one another again and, as usual, I've put her through a couple of ordeals, and am afraid she'll turn up at my door to tell me, "Enough, already!" But there are more problems in store for her, as she'll soon find out.  Long term readers of the series will find a few surprises in McCone's personal life that I hope will please you.  But, of course, those won't be revealed until publication in summer of 2006.

Speaking of McCone, it's time for us to get back to work.  I wish all of you a very happy springtime!

      
Marcia Muller
March 4, 2005
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This is the time of year when I'm not only putting the finishing touches on my Thanksgiving table, but also on next year's book. CAPE PERDIDO, the third in the Soledad County series, will be published next July. It introduces a whole new cast of characters, and also brings back sheriff's deputy Rhoda Swift.

Set on the extreme northern coast of the county, Cape Perdido concerns a scheme by a North Carolina company to harvest water from the Perdido River, thus endangering both the riparian ecology and the livelihood of area residents. The stakes are high: the outcome of the battle for control of the river may very well determine the way water rights are handled throughout the state, and perhaps the country, for decades to come. The Cape is a place where the citizens have long embraced the tradition of taking the law into their own hands when the law doesn't suit them, and with the arrival of the "waterbaggers" events soon turn deadly.

November is also the time when I'm gearing up not only for Christmas but for Sharon McCone's next case. It will be good to join forces with my alter ego and best imaginary playmate again.

Titled LONG TIME GONE, the next McCone concerns one of my favorite themes -- a decades-old disappearance which Sharon is hired to solve.

That's about all I know; I begin each of Sharon's cases as much in the dark as she, and hope that by the time I'm midway through I'll at least know a little bit more of what's going on than she does.

It's a busy time for all of us -- including fictional characters -- so I'll close now. I wish each and every one of you a very happy holiday season!

Marcia Muller
November 22, 2004

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July 2004

 

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Greetings, and happy summer reading. I hope one of the books you'll be taking on vacation will be the new Sharon McCone, THE DANGEROUS HOUR, due in stores any day now. This time out, Sharon's in trouble both professionally and personally -- trying to keep her agency alive as well as to sort out a major change in her relationship with Hy Ripinsky.

THE DANGEROUS HOUR is an example of how people like you contribute to the series. In October of 2001 I received a letter from Melissa Meith, a reader in the Sacramento area, which, in part, said this:

"If it would ever be useful to you to have insights into how state government works, give me a call. When I'm not reading books, I am the Director of the Office of Administrative Hearings, where the Bureau of Investigative Services brings its cases
against private investigators. So, if Sharon is ever cited, I would be glad to fill you in on the process, and I'm sure she'll clear her name."

I was intrigued by the idea, and replied to Melissa that I'd be in touch when I was ready to start the next McCone. And thirteen months later I was in Sacramento at a luncheon she'd arranged with several of her colleagues from the Department of
Consumer Affairs, tape recorder and notepad in hand. I laid out for them the scenario I'd created, and one said, "That won't work, but how about this?" A lively idea session ensued, and, believe me, those people really got into concocting crimes!
Their insights proved invaluable, and Melissa continued to assist me throughout the writing process. (In fact, a conversation between Sharon and her attorney on pages 75-77 of the book is a collaborative effort!)

While THE DANGEROUS HOUR is the novel on which I've received the most input, other readers have contributed to the McCone series over the years, in ways such as this:

"When is she going to cut her hair in a grownup style? She looks like a hippie." Well, yeah, she did. And, besides, she needed to disguise herself for one of her cases.

"Why are you letting her go out with that George?" Damned if I knew. And he was getting tedious. Exit George.

"Isn't her MG falling apart by now?" It sure was. It received a new engine and extensive body work, and now is a classic car. For surveillances, the company van is more inconspicuous.

As you can see, fresh input is always welcome. And since THE DANGEROUS HOUR ends with Sharon making an important personal decision, I'll be looking forward to whatever comments you'd care to offer.

Have a great summer.

Marcia Muller (Marcia@MarciaMuller.com)

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Here's a quick blurb about THE DANGEROUS HOUR with the plot:

The future's looking bright for Sharon McCone and the staff of McCone Investigations -- until one of the firm's operatives, Julia Rafael, is arrested for major credit card fraud. A former juvenile delinquent, Julia was a risky hire, but by all accounts had been turning her life around. Banking on her innocence, Sharon goes to work looking for the real thief -- only to discover a cache of illegal merchandise stashed in Julia's apartment. Is it the damning evidence that will seal her employee's fate, or the key to a larger conspiracy? Sharon must find out the truth...or lose her firm and reputation in the process.

This is a very personal case for Sharon -- in more ways than one -- and there is a major surprise for readers at its conclusion.

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March 2004

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MarciaMuller.com Launches!

Imagine us meeting like this -- on the Internet, after all the years of my self-proclaimed aversion to modern technology! MarciaMuller.com is now live, complete with a photo gallery showing some of Sharon McCone's favorite haunts, and this quarterly newsletter.

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Speaking of technology, the world has changed vastly since my fictional private eye, Sharon McCone, and I first saw print in 1977. Remember (or imagine) a world in which electric typewriters were considered state-of-the-art, telephones were tethered firmly to cords, airmail was the fastest way to get your message across, and answering services were still a big business. Back then, McCone pounded out her reports on a manual typewriter, searched desperately for public phones, waited days for written documents to arrive in the mail, and had to put up with a garrulous answering-service operator who, if angered, could hold her messages hostage.

Sharon's life has become much easier because of technological innovations, but, sadly, mine has not. Such advancements as Internet searches and cellular phones have forced me to create ever more complex obstacles to the solutions of her cases, in order to give you a book of decent length as well as a modern and entertaining read.

A little background on McCone and me: When I began experimenting with her character, I was an insecure, mostly overweight, unemployable woman with a great deal of time on my hands. She was a confident, slender, employed woman with a busy professional and personal life. We matured together, and twenty-five years later, I'm a confident, mostly slender, still unemployable woman, with not enough time on my hands. But unlike me, she gets to take a vacation every other year, while I write novels about fictional Soledad County, California.

After her last year's vacation McCone returns in July, in THE DANGEROUS HOUR, and I have journeyed back to Soledad County. I think of this place as occupying a space between Humboldt and Mendocino counties in the extreme northwest corner of the state -- a nice piece of literary surgery which, when I first performed it, made me feel very powerful. The county is populated by various heroes and villians and occasional visitors, some of whom reappear from book to book and some of whom vanish -- or are vanquished -- at the end of the story.

When POINT DECEPTION, the first in the loosely defined series, was published, readers assumed there would be future books featuring its heroine, Rhoda Swift. She declined the role, however, while accepting a cameo appearance in the second Soledad novel, CYANIDE WELLS. Next year Rhoda will reappear in CAPE PERDIDO, but at this point it's not clear how large a part she will play. Suffice it to say that the denizens of Soledad County determine their own importance in the stories, and defer to their wild and sparsely populated territory as the true series character.

I am heading back to work now. Thanks for reading. Please feel free to forward this issue of the newsletter to anyone who might be interested. Let me know what you think of the website -- and if you have any additional questions about my work.

All best,
Marcia Muller (Marcia@MarciaMuller.com)
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THE DANGEROUS HOUR, the newest Sharon McCone will be in stores in July

My next book --- THE DANGEROUS HOUR will be in stores in July. Here's a quick blurb with the plot:

The future's looking bright for Sharon McCone and the staff of McCone Investigations-until one of the firm's operatives, Julia Rafael, is arrested for major credit card fraud. A former juvenile delinquent, Julia was a risky hire, but by all accounts had been turning her life around. Banking on her innocence, Sharon goes to work looking for the real thief-only to discover a cache of illegal merchandise stashed in Julia's apartment. Is it the damning evidence that will seal her employee's fate, or the key to a larger conspiracy? Sharon must find out the truth...or lose her firm and reputation in the process.

This is a very personal case for Sharon -- in more ways than one -- and there is a major surprise for readers at its conclusion. What do you think it is? I'll entertain guesses!
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