Locked In

Locked In

by Marcia Muller

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Shot in the head by an unknown assailant, San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone finds herself trapped by locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but an alert, conscious mind. As she lies in her hospital bed, furiously trying to break out of her body's prison, all the members of her agency fan out to find the reason she was attacked. Meanwhile, Sharon becomes an incapacitated detective, evaluating the clues from her staff's separate investigations and discovering unsettling truths that could put her life in jeopardy again. But as the case draws to a shocking conclusion, her husband, Hy, threatens to return to his own violent past—and exact fatal vengeance on Sharon's would-be killer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446400497
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Series: Sharon McCone Series , #27
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 318,224
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.97(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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Locked In (Sharon McCone Series #26) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
There is no doubt that Marcia Muller is one of the top mystery writers working today. She has the Grand Masters Award from the Mystery Writers of America plus a host of other honors to prove it. However, her army of readers don't need these affirmations to know that a Muller book is going to intrigue and entertain them. Best known for stories featuring private investigator Sharon McCone this author suprises us with her latest, Locked In. McCone has been a top favorite since her debut in 1977; we think we know her pretty well. Nonetheless, this title's opener is a real shocker: on a misty July night in San Francisco McCone's vintage MG runs out of gas. Fortunately, she's not too far from her office on the Pier and she takes off for it on foot. Once at the security grille to the Pier she called for the security guard, Lewis, a problem alcoholic. He's not to be found. She uses her security code to open the door to the Pier's entrance, climbs the stairs to the office's catwalk, and finds the door unlocked. It's dark inside, there's a sudden motion -she is shot. The bullet has entered her brain leaving her in a comatose state known as locked-in syndrome. She cannot speak or move, totally paralyzed and can communicate only by blinking her eyes in response to a question. So, for once McCone is not at the leader of a crime investigation but the center of it as her team rallies, scurrying for clues, determined to find out who shot McCone and why. What this scenario does in the talented hands of author Muller is allow the reader not only to be fascinated as the reasons for the shooting are revealed but also to become better acquainted with the major players in this series as each one turns over every rock searching for the assailant. Of course, McCone series readers are familiar with Hy Ripinsky, partner and husband to McCone yet here he is revealed in utter anguish as he remembers his past and articulates his hopes for a future with McCone. There is Latina Julia Rafael who'd "been hooking and dealing on the tough streets of the Mission district when she was a teenager,"but McCone saw so much more and placed confidence in her, helping Julia to turn her life around. There's Mick Savage, McCone's nephew who had pulled some pretty dumb stunts, but his aunt "had been solid as a rock, taking him seriously, treating him like a man when he was only a kid." He loved her and he owed her. These and others are united by their determination to catch whoever had almost killed McCone. Revelations of what they are finding are interspersed with thoughts running through McCone's mind as she is by turns discouraged, enraged, and bent on somehow escaping the prison that her body has become. For this reader Locked In is the best of the McCone series, and that's saying quite a bit! - Gail Cooke
SharronA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting change in viewpoint for fans of this long-running mystery series: with McCone out of commission, the other continuing characters show their stuff and develop more independently. Very short chapters (2-3 pages) keep the action moving among all story lines.
MmeRose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my least favorite of the Sharon McCone series. It seemed too disjointed, with multiple voices and multiple cases going on while McCone languishes in the hospital with "locked in" syndrome. All the wonderful characters are here, but not enough of each as they narrate alternating chapters.Fans of the series should probably at least skim this book, my reason left unexplained as it would be a spoiler.
booklady2031 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having the main character in a locked in, or coma-like state, but still following the threads of the investigation was a very interesting premise. I am not sure if I really liked it any better than the other Sharon McCone mysteries I have read, but I have to give it points for originality.
carriehh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a fun addition to the Sharon McCone series. It was a very quick, entertaining mystery. My enjoyment came from getting the other character's perspectives on both Sharon and the case that knocked her out of commission.
buildalife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the premise and the creative way of referencing almost all of the preceding McCone cases. But, in the end, I missed the focus on Sharon.
LeHack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
McCone is recovering from a gunshot to her head. She is awake, but "locked in" which means she can't move or talk, but she is totally aware. Scary. This is one of the better books in the series. Her whole team is involved in solving 3 cases which may be related. Read this in 2 days.
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JustReadJ More than 1 year ago
Different twist in the book but still an enjoyable Marcia Muller read.
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ROWDY821 More than 1 year ago
Marcia Muller continues to produce excellent Sharon McCone adventures. Keep them coming!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the San Francisco area? This is the book for you.
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Avid_ReaderCA More than 1 year ago
I liked the story idea however the execution was poorly done. The regular characters rarely interacted with each other. Each new chapter, which was about 2-3 pages each, was from each persons own point of view, which detracted from the flow of the book. There was little conversation throughout the book so you were primarily reading what each person was thinking. It was difficult to get into the story when every 2-3 pages you had to change tracks and see what someone else was thinking. This could have been a great read if she had not written it this way and stuck with her usual style and spent more time on McCone's character and her syndrome. Personally I do not care for this style of writing where each chapter is from one characters point of view, it feels like you are jumping around too much to really get into the book. The story did not easily flow; at times it was a little confusing because there was no depth to the secondary characters, and then seemed rushed at the end. It was easy to put the book down and walk a way for a few days. I was disappointed only in that I was looking forward to her book and it did not deliver for me since it was so far from her usual style, but if you like her then definitely get the book.
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