Marcia Muller 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 Cheshire 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
Double (By: Bill Pronzini)(1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Double (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
There's Nothing to Be Afraid Of (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eye of the Storm (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shape of Dread (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
There's Something in a Sunday (1990)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
Skeleton in the Closet (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Looking for Yesterday (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Night Searchers (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Merrill-Go-Round (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tell Me Who I Am (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Someone Always Knows (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Color of Fear (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Breakers (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Sharon McCone Collections

The McCone Files (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
McCone and Friends (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Elena Oliverez Books

The Tree of Death (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Legend of the Slain Soldiers (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Joanna Stark Books

The Cavalier in White (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
There Hangs the Knife (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Star (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of John Quincannon Books

Quincannon (By: Bill Pronzini)(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quincannon's Game (By: Bill Pronzini)(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of John Quincannon Books

Quincannon (By: Bill Pronzini)(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beyond the Grave (With: Bill Pronzini)(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quincannon's Game (By: Bill Pronzini)(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery Books

The Bughouse Affair (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spook Lights Affair (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Body Snatchers Affair (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Plague of Thieves Affair (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dangerous Ladies Affair (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bags of Tricks Affair (By: Bill Pronzini)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Flimflam Affair (By: Bill Pronzini)(2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stolen Gold Affair (By: Bill Pronzini)(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Paradise Affair (By: Bill Pronzini)(2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Cape Perdido Books

Point Deception (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cyanide Wells (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cape Perdido (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Lighthouse (With: Bill Pronzini)(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Century of Mystery (With: Bill Pronzini)(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crucifixion River (With: Bill Pronzini)(2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kindling Point (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Deceptions (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Duo (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time of the Wolves (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Somewhere in the City (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Bill Pronzini Short Story Collections

Graveyard Plots (By: Bill Pronzini)(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Small Felonies (By: Bill Pronzini)(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Western Stories of Bill Pronzini (By: Bill Pronzini)(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stacked Deck (By: Bill Pronzini)(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sleuths (By: Bill Pronzini)(1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Problems Solved (By: Bill Pronzini)(2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Burgade's Crossing (By: Bill Pronzini)(2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On Account of Darkness and Other Stories (By: Bill Pronzini,Barry N. Malzberg)(2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Coyote and Quarter-Moon (By: Bill Pronzini)(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crucifixion River (With: Bill Pronzini)(2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dago Red (By: Bill Pronzini)(2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Bill Pronzini Anthologies

Mystery Writers' Choice 1977 (By: Bill Pronzini)(1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Midnight Specials (By: Bill Pronzini)(1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Sins, Dark Dreams (By: Bill Pronzini,Barry N. Malzberg)(1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Werewolf!A Chrestomathy of Lycanthropy (By: Bill Pronzini)(1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The End of Summer (By: Bill Pronzini)(1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night screams (By: Bill Pronzini)(1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shared Tomorrows (By: Bill Pronzini,Barry N. Malzberg)(1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Voodoo (By: Bill Pronzini)(1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mummy! (By: Bill Pronzini)(1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bug-Eyed Monsters (By: Bill Pronzini)(1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Edgar Winners (By: Bill Pronzini)(1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Giant Book Of Horror Stories (By: Stephen King,Bill Pronzini)(1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Tales of Mystery and Suspense (By: Bernard Malamud,Bill Pronzini)(1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Classic Tales of Horror and the Supernatural (By: Bill Pronzini)(1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arbor House Necropolis (By: Bill Pronzini)(1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arbor House Treasury of Mystery and Suspense (By: Bill Pronzini)(1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arbor House Treasury of Detective and Mystery Stories from the Great Pulps (By: Bill Pronzini)(1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery Hall of Fame (By: Bill Pronzini)(1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Western Hall of Fame (By: Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini)(1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Outlaws (By: Bill Pronzini)(1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Reel West (By: Bill Pronzini)(1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
13 Short Mystery Novels (By: Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini)(1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arbor House Treasury of Great Western Stories (By: Bill Pronzini)(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cowboys (By: Bill Pronzini)(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ethnic Detectives (By: Bill Pronzini)(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Lessons (With: Bill Pronzini)(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Warriors (By: Bill Pronzini)(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Second Reel West (By: Bill Pronzini)(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in the First Reel (By: Bill Pronzini)(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Railroaders (By: Bill Pronzini)(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Steamboaters (By: Bill Pronzini)(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Modern Police Stories (By: Bill Pronzini)(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Third Reel West (By: Bill Pronzini)(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery in the Mainstream (By: Bill Pronzini)(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
101 Mystery Stories (By: Bill Pronzini)(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cattlemen (By: Bill Pronzini)(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales Of Mystery (By: Bill Pronzini)(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales of the Dead (By: Bill Pronzini)(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wild Westerns (By: Bill Pronzini)(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prime Suspects (By: Bill Pronzini)(1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Manhattan Mysteries (By: Bill Pronzini)(1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Horse Soldiers (By: Bill Pronzini)(1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Uncollected Crimes (By: Bill Pronzini)(1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Suspicious Characters (By: Bill Pronzini)(1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gunfighters (By: Bill Pronzini)(1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
13 Short Detective Novels (By: Bill Pronzini)(1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Criminal Elements (By: Bill Pronzini)(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cloak and Dagger (By: Bill Pronzini)(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Texans (By: Bill Pronzini)(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best of the West (By: Bill Pronzini)(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Homicidal Acts (By: Bill Pronzini)(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lady on the Case (By: Bill Pronzini)(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Californians (By: Bill Pronzini)(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Felonious Assaults (By: Bill Pronzini)(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arizonans (By: Bill Pronzini)(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Wild Westerns (By: Bill Pronzini)(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Doings (By: Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini)(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Northerners (By: Bill Pronzini)(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Northwesterners (By: Bill Pronzini)(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best of the West III (By: Bill Pronzini)(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Christmas Out West (By: Bill Pronzini)(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crime and Crime Again (By: Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini)(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best of the West 2 (By: Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini)(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Treasury of World War II Stories (By: Bill Pronzini)(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Treasury of Civil War Stories (By: Bill Pronzini)(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Montanans (By: Bill Pronzini)(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Combat! (By: Bill Pronzini)(1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Tales Of The West (By: Bill Pronzini)(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Tales of Horror and the Supernatural (By: Bill Pronzini)(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hardboiled (By: Bill Pronzini)(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Giant Book of War Stories (By: Bill Pronzini)(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Century of Mystery (With: Bill Pronzini)(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Giant Book of Private Eye Stories (By: Bill Pronzini)(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Giant Book Of Short Crime Stories (By: Bill Pronzini)(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Duo (With: Bill Pronzini)(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pure Pulp (By: Ed Gorman,Bill Pronzini)(1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oddments (By: Bill Pronzini)(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Oddments (By: Bill Pronzini)(2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Masters of Horror and the Supernatural (By: Bill Pronzini)(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Anniversaries (With: Bill Pronzini)(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ed Gorman Short Story Collections

Westeryear (By: Ed Gorman)(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Whispers and Other Stories (By: Ed Gorman)(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Out There in the Darkness, Volume 1 (By: Ed Gorman)(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moonchasers and other stories (By: Ed Gorman)(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Woman On The Beat (By: Ed Gorman)(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eye of the Beholder and Other Stories (By: Ed Gorman)(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Famous Blue Raincoat (By: Ed Gorman)(1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Such a Good Girl and Other Crime Stories (By: Ed Gorman)(2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prisoners & Other Stories (By: Ed Gorman)(2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crooks, Crimes And Christmas (By: Ed Gorman)(2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Ride Back (By: Ed Gorman)(2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Different Kinds of Dead and Other Tales (By: Ed Gorman)(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Phantom Chronicles 2 (By: Ed Gorman)(2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The End Of It All And Other Stories (By: Ed Gorman)(2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Noir 13 (By: Ed Gorman)(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Man's Gun and Other Western Stories (By: Ed Gorman)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Disgrace to the Badge (By: Ed Gorman)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Enemies and Other Western Stories (By: Ed Gorman)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scream Queen and Other Tales of Menace (By: Ed Gorman)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Ride Back and Other Western Stories (By: Ed Gorman)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadow Games and Other Sinister Stories of Show Business (By: Ed Gorman)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Web She Weaves(1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Child's Ploy(1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Witches' Brew(1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chapter and Hearse(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
She Won the West(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Arts(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wickedest Show on Earth(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kill or Cure(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Woman's Eye(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories(1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Criminal Intent(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Women on the Case(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
GUILTY AS CHARGED(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Detective Duos(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death by Horoscope(2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Anniversaries(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

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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