Coming Back

Coming Back

by Marcia Muller

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Overview

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. But when Sharon's friend from physical therapy goes missing, she must call upon those closest to her to find out the truth behind the disappearance. The investigation soon points to issues of national security and proves to be the most dangerous and critical case yet for Sharon and her colleagues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446400527
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Series: Sharon McCone Series , #28
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 477,543
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Marcia Muller has written many novels and short stories. She has won six Anthony Awards, a Shamus Award, and is also the recipient of the Private Eye Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award as well as 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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Coming Back 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
nocto on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 27th Sharon McCone book apparently! (Though LibraryThing says 28.) I started reading them in about 1995 when they were published by the Women's Press (who published stacks of underrated female authors and are now defunct as far as I can tell) and the earliest books were getting on for twenty years old then. I've read the last seven or eight in hardback and each time I brace myself to be disappointed, because there's no way Muller can keep up the quality for that long is there?Once again I'm pleased to report that Muller & McCone are still going strong. Of course there is variation in quality between the books and this isn't one of the top class ones but it's not at all bad. McCone is recovering from the debilitating problems she had in the last book. The plot here did feel rather like things that had happened in the series before - I'd quite like there to be a book with a smaller scale mystery again, something that doesn't involve the US government gone bad - but it didn't feel like a rehash or like Muller had run out of steam.I've said before that one of the things I like about long series is checking in with all the old friends you've made and seeing what they are up to now. This book is good for that because it's written as an ensemble piece with sections alternating between long term characters like Sharon's husband Hy, office manager Ted, colleagues Adah & Craig etc. But, unlike some series I could mention, all the little catching up details of the in-book universe don't overwhelm the main story. And I'm pleased that, again unlike some other authors, Muller hasn't felt the need to start writing huge blockbuster length books when she's great at writing tight well plotted mysteries.If you're new to this series then this probably isn't the place you ought to start, but I don't think a newcomer would feel too much adrift in a sea of past remembrances here, which is good.I'm looking forward to the 28th (or 29th) book already.
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Dark and gritty, the Sharon McCone mysteries always keep me enthralled. This was no different. Sharon's impatience with her weakness will keep her more short-tempered than usual. She must face her own doubts as well as those of her employees as they try to track down a missing woman.
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As always, the story was great. Could do without the political editorials that really have nothing to do with the story. I am a great fan of McCone & Muller, not so much her political endorsements.
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bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Coming Back is the first book of Marcia's that I've read and I'm hooked! Sharon is a fantastic character and Marcia's writing is addictive. I've added her to my favorite authors list and now I need to go back and read the rest of this series. I would give this book five stars.
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cewilch More than 1 year ago
I haven't been as pleased with the last two books, LOCKED IN and COMING BACK - The writing style has been so different in these last two - not as suspenseful with a fast-moving plot - that I almost wondered if someone else was writing these books, or worse yet, that the author was thinking of ending this series - I hope not. In COMING BACK, each chapter was told in the voice of a different character; in my opinion this makes the story seem a bit disjointed. I long for the Sharon McCone books of old, before these last two.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
San Francisco private investigator Sharon McCone still recovers from the bullet she took to her head that left her mind intact Locked In her paralyzed body. However, she becomes concerned when her widow friend Piper Quinn suddenly without warning stops coming to the rehab center they both use. Worried as the sleuth knows Piper has not moved on past the death of her husband in combat in Iraq, Sharon goes to the Quinn home. There she finds her buddy in a semi-comatose sate with a mean spirited care provider not wanting any visitors. Sharon sends her office manager Adah Joslyn to see if Piper needs anything. However, Piper is gone and her apartment immaculately cleaned as if no one lived there. Soon after her visit, Adah disappears. Sharon and her crew at McCone Investigations begin snooping, but the clues they uncover hint at a top secret government intelligence agency. This is a great McCone thriller that hooks the reader from the opening scene as the heroine struggles to come back from her horrific injuries and never slows down until the finish. The story line is fast-paced and affirms that marvelous Marcia Mueller is one of the genre's best. Set aside time, as this McCone masterpiece is difficult to put down. Harriet Klausner