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Sharon McCone Books In Order

Publication Order of Sharon McCone Books

Edwin of the Iron Shoes (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ask the Cards a Question (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chesire Cat's Eye (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Games to Keep the Dark Away (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Leave a Message for Willie (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
There's Nothing To Be Afraid Of (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eye of the Storm (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
There's Something in a Sunday (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shape of Dread (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trophies and Dead Things (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where Echoes Live (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pennies on a Dead Woman's Eyes (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wolf in the Shadows (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Till the Butchers Cut Him Down (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Wild and Lonely Place (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Broken Promise Land (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Both Ends of the Night (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
While Other People Sleep (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Walk Through the Fire (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Listen to the Silence (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Midnight (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dangerous Hour (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vanishing Point (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ever-Running Man (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Burn Out (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Locked In (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Coming Back (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
City of Whispers (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Looking for Yesterday (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Night Searchers (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Someone Always Knows (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Sharon McCone Collections

The McCone Files (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
McCone and Friends (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


One of the top fictional characters in the world of novels is Sharon McCone. McCone is a character that has been created by Marcia Muller, an American author. The fictional character, Sharon McCone is a private detective that is a leading PI in the fictional world. The character has also been celebrated as being the first enlightened female PI of the current era.

The character is used in a set of books, which are all about crime, some romance and detectives. The series was developed in 1977 by the author. It also contains 30 books and among them, there are two short story collections. Even though she is the first female PI to be recognized by most readers, other PIs like Anne Lee and Cordelia Gray were already around. Cordelia Gray is a character created by P.D James and Anna Lee was created by Liza Cody.

One unique personality about McCone is that she is a meek detective, knowledgeable and very radical. These personalities were common in the first books of the series, mostly between the 70s and the 80s. In these first books, McCone is a sensible investigator that had a propensity to be involved excessively in her own issues. Her unique personalities are what made her more popular and very different from other characters. Also, as a PI, she acts very differently, whereby, she isn’t too harsh, neither is she too soft on the cases. This might be as a result of her previous dream of becoming a social worker, which she never did, but might have in a way.

Her boldness is linked to her childhood lifestyle. She was raised up in San Diego, which is among the most unruly areas that is prone to trouble. She is considered the odd one out, White Sheep, in the family and she needs to escape the turmoil of the family. She leaves for Berheley and arrives as soon as the 60s radicals were fading away. Sharon worked with much effort via college, which she guarded the department stores. Later on, she threw in the towel for chasing her social worker’s dream. This was after she became a staff investigator at the All Souls in San Fransisco. All Souls was a legal co-op in San Fransisco, which was founded later on in the 60s by her boss, Hank Zahn. Hank Zahn was a great friend and also, he was an idealistic lawyer. She mostly worked on the social aspects in her cases, though she opted to take it easy in her work on the social issues.

In ’93, there was a slight transition with the series, also, when the author was awarded. Sharon McCone was going through some surprise victories in her life. She then got a trainee, Rae Kelleher. She also meets a life partner, Hy Ripinsky. Ripinsky was stylish and quite mysterious, a character that seemed hard to understand or believe. He is also a pilot that has a vague past in some intelligence agency, which is not named. Also, Ripinsky is expected to be a romantic partner, though he seems to be out of place, completely.

In turn, Sharon changed and she had some psychological depth, which made her look like almost slow and somehow lazy. She seemed weak and she was losing her simplicity, which was highly considered as her top charms in her job and personal life. The old McCone was somewhat brooder, though the new character has become almost lazy and slow in some situations. This is when she was trying to figure out how she would be with Ripinsky. Another victory that she earned is that she was given a pilot’s license. Also, she quit All Souls and started her agency separately. She is assisted by Mick Savage, her nephew, along with some other new characters. Every new character has their personal history.

This transition incited the author, who made the series even more interesting. It has come out in a surprising ways that aren’t as enjoyable as such. This is not only due to the overly sentimental affair with Ripinksy.

More characters are introduced, including the family members of Sharon. Their introduction also entails some back stories that make the series even more captivating. During this time, Sharon becomes less active and more of a bystander, which makes the series somewhat thinned.

Regardless of the romance that was introduced in the series, Sharon is left a hero that has been in more than the 20 novels, plus the short stories that she also featured.

Along the series, she met with Nameless, a character created by Bill Pronzini, who is also a PI in San Fransisco. She calls the new PI, a Lone Wolf, especially in Spook, in the novel of 2003. Throughout the series, she has evolved and every book is coming out with a new story or development. One thing about Nameless and Sharon McCone is that they seem to be very congenial. A fact may be that the creators, Pill Pronzini and Marcia Muller, are married.

It was announced in 2010 that Sharon McCone was to be produced by Spring Creek, which was to run on CBS. This was announced by Charlie Chaplin at the opening of the Women of Mystery’s screening. This was a documentary that featured an interview with Sharon and other characters. The production might not have been as successful as such. However, some selected books have been looked into and developing them into TV productions.

In ’93, Marcia Muller won The Eye award at the Private Eye Writers of America. This was a lifetime achievement award. This is an award that is given for the contribution and the excellence of a certain genre.

Some of the books under the Sharon McCone series that were authored in the 70s and the 80s include the Edwin of the Iron Shoes, Leave a Message for Willie and Eye of Storm. Most of the books were published in the 80s and 90s, though the books authored after 2000 has a slight transition.

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