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There's Something in a Sunday (1989)

by Marcia Muller

Series: Sharon McCone (9)

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It's a cold Sunday in San Francisco. Sharon McCone's alone on a routine surveillance job, following a man named Frank Wilkonson through the city's lush horticultural hot spots to the serene foothills of the Diablos. But when she returns to find her kindly old client in a pool of blood, nothing she's learned explains it. The search for answers takes her from Wilkonson's sullen brood on Burning Oak Ranch, to the eccentric havoc of a household in the Haight, to Golden Gate Park and the desperate digs of the homeless. Unraveling the threads that link a homeless man, a pair of prominent activists, a wayward rancher, and a mysterious missing beauty, Sharon is plunged into the depths of domestic mayhem... entering a realm where dreams shatter and marriage leads to bloody murder.

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a surveillance case becomes a murder
  ritaer | Jul 4, 2021 |
Pretty good. Kept my attention to the end and didn't give away the ending. Pretty good characters too. ( )
  AliceAnna | Aug 31, 2014 |
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Sunday morning dawned gray and misty outside the steam-clouded windows of the coffee shop on Lombard Street.
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Fiction. Mystery. HTML:

It's a cold Sunday in San Francisco. Sharon McCone's alone on a routine surveillance job, following a man named Frank Wilkonson through the city's lush horticultural hot spots to the serene foothills of the Diablos. But when she returns to find her kindly old client in a pool of blood, nothing she's learned explains it. The search for answers takes her from Wilkonson's sullen brood on Burning Oak Ranch, to the eccentric havoc of a household in the Haight, to Golden Gate Park and the desperate digs of the homeless. Unraveling the threads that link a homeless man, a pair of prominent activists, a wayward rancher, and a mysterious missing beauty, Sharon is plunged into the depths of domestic mayhem... entering a realm where dreams shatter and marriage leads to bloody murder.

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Private eye Sharon McCone takes on a routine surveillance one weekend as a favor to Rudy Goldring, longtime client of her employer, the All Souls Legal Cooperative. She tails one Frank Wilkinson through Golden Gate Park's tropical gardens, the early morning flower market, and other horticultural landmarks. The man's business seems harmless and entirely personal, Sharon concludes..but when she arrives at Goldring's office to report, she finds the elderly shirtmaker dead in a pool of blood. Now caught in the middle of a murder investigation, Sharon decides it's time to visit Wilkinson's home turf. The town of Hollister is a dust bowl set among the foothills of the Diablo range, where ranching is the main vocation and minding your own business is the golden rule. There, Sharon unearths a tangle of sour relationships - some of the strands send her back to the city, straight to the middle of its community of upper-class activists, and deep into the world of the homeless... (book's blurb)
Though the single, 35-ish investigator for San Francisco's All Souls Law Cooperative suspects her client, custom shirtmaker Rudy Goldring, isn't being completely candid with her, she agrees to tail Frank Wilkonson, the manager of the Burning Oak Ranch, whose activities, Sharon learns, are confined to places and events connected with the horticulture world. At Goldring's apartment to deliver her report, she encounters a frantic woman fleeing the premises and the clothier's corpse. Searching for clues, Sharon finds a leather pouch belonging to a derelict Goldring has befriended, and the homeless man becomes the main suspect in the murder. Believing in his innocence, the sleuth turns her attention to Wilkonson and to locating the unidentified woman while coping with upheaval in her co-workers' personal lives.
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