“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
“The girl gave him a look which ought to have stuck at least four inches out of his back.”
-Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
“The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man
“We didn't exactly believe your story, Miss O'Shaughnessy, we believed your 200 dollars. I mean, you paid us more than if you had been telling us the truth, and enough more to make it alright.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon
“I spent most of my dough on booze, broads and boats… and the rest I wasted.”
-Elmore Leonard, LaBrava
“There were not so many physical threats that could not be countered with a decent hammer.”
-Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played With Fire
“The dead have never bothered me. It's the living that I fear.”
-Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“The hard thing about death is that nothing ever changes. The hard thing about life is that nothing stays the same.”
-Sue Grafton, J is for Judgment
“There is nothing you can do about the past except keep it there.”
-Michael Connelly, The Brass Verdict
“There is no client as scary as an innocent man.”
-Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer
“Woe to he who checkmates his opponents at last, only to discover they have been playing cribbage.”
-Jedediah Berry, The Manual of Detection
“The joke was thinking you were ever really in charge of your life. You pressed your oar down into the water to direct the canoe, but it was the current that shot you through the rapids."
-Scott Turow, Innocent
“They found out about him in July and stayed angry all through August. They tried to kill him in September."
-Lee Child, Without Fail
“Put all your eggs in one basket... the handle's going to break. Then all you've got is scrambled eggs.”
-J.D. Robb, Remember When
“It doesn't have to make sense; it just has to sound like it does.”
-Elmore Leonard, Freaky Deaky
“He was too old to be working, too young to be dead, and too broke to do anything else.”
-Chris Culver, Just Run
“Love, when you get fear in it, it's not love any more. It's hate.”
-James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice
“Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service.”
-Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White
“It takes far less courage to cling to the past than it does to face the future.”
-Sandra Brown, Envy
“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”
-Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
“If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.”
-Agatha Christie
“I have great faith in fools … my friends call it self-confidence.”
-Edgar Allan Poe

Sharon McCone Mysteries

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Edwin of the Iron Shoes
Marcia Muller

When an elderly antiques dealer is murdered, Muller's popular P.I. Sharon McCone follows a...

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Ask the Cards a Question
Marcia Muller

Who would have wanted to kill Molly Antonio - the nicest woman in Sharon's building? Madam...

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The Cheshire Cat's Eye
Marcia Muller

Investigating her friend's murder, private eye Sharon McCone follows a trail into San Francisc...

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Games to Keep the Dark Away
Marcia Muller

A new paperback Sharon McCone mystery, in which the detective is hired by a reclusive photogra...

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Leave a Message for Willie
Marcia Muller

Amid the shifting world of San Francisco flea markets, shady vendors sell junk, precious...

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Double
Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini

Sharon McCone has come home to San Diego and a convention of private detectives to catch up...

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There's Nothing to Be Afraid Of
Marcia Muller

Believing that someone from the shadowy underworld San Francisco's Tenderloin district is...

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Eye of the Storm
Marcia Muller

On a pleasure trip to the Sacramento Delta, Sharon McCone encounters ghostly intervention,...

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There's Something in a Sunday
Marcia Muller

Private eye Sharon McCone takes on a routine surveillance as a favor to a long-time client of...

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The Shape of Dread
Marcia Muller

Bobby Foster, car-hop at the chic Cafe Comedie, is going to the gas chamber. He's already...

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Trophies and Dead Things
Marcia; Marcia Muller Muller

Four random killings take place in the San Fransisco Bay area, one of which is McCone's legal...

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Where Echoes Live
Marcia Muller

Sharon McCone has been asked by a former colleague to look into the plans of a large corporati...

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Pennies on a Dead Woman's Eyes
Marcia Muller

Feeling guilty for testifying against her mother more than thirty years ago in a trial for the...

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Wolf in the Shadows
Marcia Muller

Muller's popular heroine, San Francisco sleuth Sharon McCone, faces her greatest challenge...

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Till the Butchers Cut Him Down
Marcia Muller

T.J. Gordon has made millions as a corporate troubleshooter who creates profits and enemies...

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The McCone Files
Marcia Muller

From the death of a clown in Diablo Valley to the disappearance of a young socialite on the...

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A Wild & Lonely Place
Marcia Muller

A number of diplomats have been the target of a vicious bombing campaign. Sharon McCone agrees...

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The Broken Promise Land
Marcia Muller

Someone is bent on getting revenge on Ricky Savage, Sharon McCone's brother-in-law and a two...

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Both Ends of the Night
Marcia Muller

McCone's flying instructor Matty asks for help when her lover goes missing. Then, during an...

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While Other People Sleep
Marcia Muller

With her agency going great guns, Sharon McCone is known as one of the best detectives in the...

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A Walk Through the Fire
Marcia Muller

Accidents are plaguing a documentary film crew on breathtakingly beautiful Kauai. Can San...

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McCone & Friends
Marcia Muller

McCone and Friends contains three stories told by McCone herself, as well as a novella and a...

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Listen to the Silence
Marcia Muller

After her father's death, San Francisco P.I. Sharon McCone finds a document that raises...

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Dead Midnight
Marcia Muller

Stretching flat across the water, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is a popular spot...for...

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The Dangerous Hour
Marcia Muller

Marcia Muller's beloved heroine Sharon McCone is back to investigate a personal betrayal by...

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Cape Perdido
Marcia Muller

At the northernmost point of Soledad County lies Cape Perdido - once a lumber town, now a...

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Vanishing Point
Marcia Muller

In the latest installment in this critically acclaimed series, McCone is hired to investigate...

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The Ever-Running Man
Marcia Muller

Sharon McCone is hired by her husband's security firm to track down "the ever-running man," a...

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Burn Out
Marcia Muller

Traumatized by a recent life-or-death investigation, Sharon McCone flees to her ranch in...

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Locked In
Marcia Muller

Shot in the head by an unknown assailant, San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone finds...

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Coming Back
Marcia Muller

In Locked In, San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone was shot in the head and suffered from...

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City of Whispers
Marcia Muller

Private eye Sharon McCone receives an e-mail asking for help from her emotionally disturbed...

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