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Publication Order of Sharon McCone Books

Edwin of the Iron Shoes (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ask the Cards a Question (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cheshire Cat's Eye (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Games to Keep the Dark Away (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leave a Message for Willie (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Double (With: Bill Pronzini) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
There's Nothing to Be Afraid Of (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eye of the Storm (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shape of Dread (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
There's Something in a Sunday (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trophies and Dead Things (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where Echoes Live (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pennies On a Dead Woman's Eyes (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wolf in the Shadows (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Till the Butchers Cut Him Down (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Wild and Lonely Place (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Broken Promise Land (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Both Ends of the Night (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
While Other People Sleep (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Walk Through the Fire (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Listen to the Silence (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Midnight (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dangerous Hour (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vanishing Point (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ever-Running Man (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Burn Out (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Locked In (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Coming Back (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
City of Whispers (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Looking for Yesterday (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skeleton in the Closet (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Night Searchers (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Merrill-Go-Round (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tell Me Who I Am (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Someone Always Knows (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Color of Fear (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Breakers (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ice and Stone (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Circle in the Water (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Sharon McCone Collections

The McCone Files (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
McCone and Friends (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Elena Oliverez Books

The Tree of Death (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Legend of the Slain Soldiers (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Joanna Stark Books

The Cavalier in White (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
There Hangs the Knife (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Star (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of John Quincannon Books

with Bill Pronzini
Quincannon (By: Bill Pronzini) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond the Grave (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quincannon's Game (By: Bill Pronzini) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery Books

with Bill Pronzini
The Bughouse Affair (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spook Lights Affair (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Body Snatchers Affair (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Plague of Thieves Affair (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dangerous Ladies Affair (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bags of Tricks Affair (By: Bill Pronzini) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Flimflam Affair (By: Bill Pronzini) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stolen Gold Affair (By: Bill Pronzini) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Paradise Affair (By: Bill Pronzini) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Cape Perdido Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Lighthouse (With: Bill Pronzini) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crucifixion River (With: Bill Pronzini) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kindling Point (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Deadly Fantasies (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Final Resting Place (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Publication Order of Nameless Detective Books

with Bill Pronzini
The Snatch (By: Bill Pronzini) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vanished (By: Bill Pronzini) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Undercurrent (By: Bill Pronzini) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blowback (By: Bill Pronzini) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twospot (By: Bill Pronzini) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Labyrinth (By: Bill Pronzini) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodwink (By: Bill Pronzini) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scattershot (By: Bill Pronzini) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dragonfire (By: Bill Pronzini) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bindlestiff (By: Bill Pronzini) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quicksilver (By: Bill Pronzini) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightshades (By: Bill Pronzini) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Double (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bones (By: Bill Pronzini) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadfall (By: Bill Pronzini) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shackles (By: Bill Pronzini) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jackpot (By: Bill Pronzini) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Breakdown (By: Bill Pronzini) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quarry (By: Bill Pronzini) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Epitaphs (By: Bill Pronzini) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Demons (By: Bill Pronzini) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hardcase (By: Bill Pronzini) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sentinels (By: Bill Pronzini) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Illusions (By: Bill Pronzini) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boobytrap (By: Bill Pronzini) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crazybone (By: Bill Pronzini) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bleeders (By: Bill Pronzini) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spook (By: Bill Pronzini) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightcrawlers (By: Bill Pronzini) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mourners (By: Bill Pronzini) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Savages (By: Bill Pronzini) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fever (By: Bill Pronzini) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Schemers (By: Bill Pronzini) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Betrayers (By: Bill Pronzini) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Camouflage (By: Bill Pronzini) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hellbox (By: Bill Pronzini) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nemesis (By: Bill Pronzini) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strangers (By: Bill Pronzini) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vixen (By: Bill Pronzini) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zigzag (By: Bill Pronzini) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Endgame (By: Bill Pronzini) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Web She Weaves(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Child's Ploy(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Witches' Brew(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chapter and Hearse(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Lessons(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
She Won the West(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Arts(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wickedest Show on Earth(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lady on the Case(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kill or Cure(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sisters in Crime 2(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Woman's Eye(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Crimes 2(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Criminal Intent(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Women of Mystery II(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1993(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1996(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Women on the Case(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Cases, Volume 1: First Appearances of Classic Private Eyes(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Cases, Volume 1(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1995(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guilty as Charged(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Century of Mystery(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Detective Duos(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Sneaky Little Sleuth Stories(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery's Most Wanted(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1997(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Women of Mystery III(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mysterious Press Anniversary Anthology: Celebrating 25 Years(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shamus Winners(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Anniversaries(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

A Native and resident of the Detroit area, Marcia was born and raised in a home that was full of books. At the age of twelve, Marcia Muller self-published three reproductions of her first novel that was a story about her dog. Her first novel was filled with primitive illustrations, but regardless of this fact it still garnered mostly positive reviews. In the early months of 1970, after she had just moved to the state of California, Marcia Muller was still unemployed hence she began experimenting on mystery novels. The thirty-something years that followed after her arrival in California, Marcia Muller has written 35 plus novels three of which she has collaborated with her husband, Bill Pronzini.

In addition, she has authored seven short story collections together with numerous non-fiction articles. With the help of her husband, she has edited more than a dozen anthologies and several other non-fiction mystery books. In the year 1993 Muller was awarded the Shamus Award for her lifetime achievement. Later on in the year 2005, Muller was crowned the Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America which happens to be the highest award of the organization. On the other hand, in the year 2008 her husband, Bill Pronzini was handed the same award, by the Grand Master of Mystery writers. The award in turn made them the only living couple to scoop the award individually.

The Sharon McCone series

Widely acknowledged as being the first ever unconventional female private detective of this modern era, Sharon McCone is undeniably one of the main reasons why Marcia Mullers fate as a writer turned the way it did. Investigative oriented books like V I Warshawski and the Tess Monaghan all became highly accepted because the Sharon McCone series had already paved the way. Regardless of all the history and politics that may be brought up, the Sharon McCone series is undeniably one of those books that take your breath Apart from being a refreshingly down to earth detective Sharon McCone is also very savvy and hardnosed just like any other serious detective should be. Like all the other outstanding male detective characters, Sharon McCone was a level-headed detective who had a tendency of getting too much involved in cases that are somehow balanced, by some level of tough-mindedness.

Unlike most of the conventional detective, Sharon McCone’s toughness was due to pragmatism and not macho theatrics. As a child, Sharon, grew up in San Diego, which happens to be one of the most trouble-prone areas. Determined to escape the family turmoil, Sharon McCone heads for Berkley. She arrives just as the radicalism of the sixties era was fading away. While doing security work in various department stores, Sharon McCone used what she made to work her way through college. Upon discovering she fancied working as an investigator slash security, Sharon McCone gave up her chances of working as a social worker. It does not take long before she lands her first gig as a staff investigator at the San Francisco, All Souls. The San Fransisco, All Souls was founded in the late sixties by Sharon McCone boss, and a great pal, Hank Zahn, who is an idealistic lawyer.

All of the Sharon McCone cases seem to touch on various social issues. But for most of the series it appears that there is also some amount of level-headedness; Sharon McCone avoids hitting any drum with a bigger bang. After receiving the Private Eye Award in the year 1991, the author Marcia Muller decided to change the course of the story as Sharon McCone started receiving some major transformations in her life. The private investigator, Sharon McCone is given an apprentice, Rae Kelleher and on the other hand she also acquires a significant other, Hy Ripinsky. Apart from being mysterious Hy is also a pilot with a rather mysterious past and one of those characters who are too good to be true. Apart from the integration of new characters in the series, Sharon McCone also underwent some serious transformations.

The author gave Sharon McCone gained some psychological depth while on the down she lost her clear-eyed pragmatism. While the old Sharon was always a little bit broader, the newly transformed Sharon McCone was at times downright mopey at some instances. In addition, Sharon McCone left her job at the All Souls to start her practice. With the assistance of her nephew, Mick Savage and a series of new characters who are introduced later on in the book. In addition, Sharon McCone becomes a fully certified pilot. More and more facilities and supporting characters are introduced, and their melodramatic back-stories and interconnections undeniably expands the storyline.

At the end of the day, Sharon McCone remains as intriguing and compelling as ever from the first book of the series to the last one. Apart from this series, the Sharon McCone character has been immortalized by appearing in a number of other series and books. In addition, the Sharon McCone character also appeared in the Nameless, a series written by Bill Prozin, Marcia Muller’s husband. Nameless is a book about a private investigator who lives in Francisco. In the novel, Sharon McCone refers to the main character from time to time as the Lone Wolf. Like Nameless, Sharon McCone continues to evolve throughout the series which in turn makes each chapter of the series much larger than the storyline.


Apart from the Sharon McCone series, Marcia Muller is also known for her other works like Merrill go round Wild Mustard, Deception, Deadly fantasies and many others. Apart from that some of her works were also supposed to be made into movies especially in the year 1993 by a Canadian Film company. Apparently the book that was supposed to be made into a series was the critically acclaimed Sharon McCone series. The series was being developed for the CBS by one Spring Creek production. The announcement of this milestone was made by one, Charles Champlain during the premiere screening of the Women of Mystery which is a documentary. All in all, the production of the series and adoption of the book has since fallen into cracks.

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One Response to “Marcia Muller”

  1. Paulene: 2 years ago

    Love Marcia’s books. Getting all catch up on the newer ones. Great Reading.


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