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Sharon McCone,San Francisco private detective,returns to her office late at night and is promptly shot on the head. She is found to have 'locked-in syndrome'. That is,she can see and hear but unable to move or speak.Nor can she respond except by means of blinks. Her team set out to find the perpetrator and to follow up on the reason for the attack.
My trouble is that I am reading this with absolutely no prior knowledge of this series at all.Thus I am completely at sea here. I understand this particular book is atypical and a bad one to start with.Oh well,what the heck. Still it was not so bad so I will give it 3 stars. ( )
  devenish | Sep 29, 2013 |
Sharon McCone is a highly sucessful private investigator from humble origins who has managed to cobble together a wonderful family, and several loyal and dedicated employees and colleagues who will do just about anything for her. Sharon is a vibrant member of the community and an investigative professional at the top of her game.

She is also used to being in the middle of it all – involved in every way- so when she is shot and critically injured one night after returning to her office, it is devastating for her to wake up to discover that she is literally locked into her body, unable to either move or communicate with either the hospital staff or her loved ones. Never a quitter, Sharon is determined to find a way to make herself heard, recover fully, and find out who is responsible for the shooting that locked her into her body.

I found this to be such a refreshing way to tell a detective/PI story. Right away the main character is disabled and taken out of the action. Most of the story is told through the eyes of the investigators she has working with her at the firm, and her husband Hy, a mysterious man with a quick temper and a shady past. This is the 27th book in the series, so as you can imagine all of the players in this one have a long and tangled history with one another, that was a bit difficult for me to follow since I just jumped right into the series with this book. A further complicating factor were the multiple characters narrating the action of the story in addition to Sharon’s perspective from her hospital bed, however, I had enough information from frequent references to the back stories that I was able to enjoy reading this and keep up with the main relationships.

Sharon is adopted and in touch with both her biological and adoptive families, and I loved the interaction that she had with both sides of her family. I was particularly touched by the exchanges that she had with her biological father. The suspense was very intense for me and adding to that was the seriousness of Sharon’s “locked-in” condition. The prognosis for people living with this is usually only a few short months, and Sharon had several close-calls due to other medical emergencies stemming from the shooting. With so many books in the series I had no idea if this was the way that the author planned to finish it up, so I was on pins and needles to see what would happen.

All of the different investigators chased down leads from their cases to see what, if anything, they had to do with Sharon’s shooting, while Sharon doggedly used her eyes to communicate with her team to catch her shooter. There were quite a few cases involved, so I don’t know if it was possible to guess the ending or figure out what was going on, but I enjoyed the story and characters enough to want to read some of the others in the series. ( )
  daniellnic | Sep 25, 2013 |
A disappointing volume in the long-running series. While the action was fast paced, much of the action was irrelevant to finding Sharon McCone's attacker. Every living member of the McCone circle of family, friends, and co-workers is in this book, each taking a few sentences (or paragraphs) to explain their backstory. The shifting points of view in the narrative make for choppy narration and very short chapters, sometimes just two pages. And lots of white space. Great for slow readers, I guess. These annoying writing techniques have, for other authors, coincided with a rapid decline in plot quality. I certainly hope that isn't true here, because Marcia Muller has been one of my favorites.
  wdwilson3 | Jun 18, 2013 |
The premise is scary - the idea of being fully aware but unable to move a muscle... I enjoyed the book, and didn't want to put it down till I had finished, but I found it a little choppy - every chapter is from a different character's pov, and I had to keep going back to refresh my memory. Still - I would recommend it - there were lots of dead bodies, but no gratuitous gore, and the characters were interesting.

I would mention that this was the first book I have read by this author, so I am probably missing out on some nuances apparent to those who have seen these characters develop. ( )
  mont1ms | Apr 4, 2013 |
The premise is scary - the idea of being fully aware but unable to move a muscle... I enjoyed the book, and didn't want to put it down till I had finished, but I found it a little choppy - every chapter is from a different character's pov, and I had to keep going back to refresh my memory. Still - I would recommend it - there were lots of dead bodies, but no gratuitous gore, and the characters were interesting.

I would mention that this was the first book I have read by this author, so I am probably missing out on some nuances apparent to those who have seen these characters develop. ( )
  mont1ms | Apr 4, 2013 |
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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. Since the late-night attack occurred at her agency's offices, the natural conclusion was that it was connected to one of the firm's cases. As Sharon lies in her hospital bed, furiously trying to break out of her body's prison and discover her attacker's identity, all the members of her agency fan out to find the reason why she was assaulted. Meanwhile, Sharon becomes a locked-in detective, evaluating the clues from her staff's separate investigations and discovering unsettling truths that could put her life in jeopardy again. As the case draws to a surprising and even shocking conclusion, Sharon's husband, Hy, must decide whether or not to surrender to his own violent past and exact fatal vengeance when the person responsible is identified.

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"After being shot in the head, Sharon McCone suffers from locked-in syndrome, which involves almost total paralysis but an alert conscious mind. As Sharon lies in her hospital bed, furiously trying to break out of her body's prison and discover her attacker's identity, all the members of her agency fan out to find the reason why she was assaulted"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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