Point Deception

Author:   Marcia Muller
Publisher:   The Women's Press Ltd
ISBN:  

9780704347267


Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 December 2001
Format:   Paperback
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Plenty of people saw the girl and her broken down Mercedes, parked on the hard shoulder of the highway, but no one stopped - except her murderer. Sheriff's deputy Rhonda Swift was one of the ones who drove by, but her conscience is still troubled by the mass murders in Cascada Canyon, 13 years ago.

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Author:   Marcia Muller
Publisher:   The Women's Press Ltd
Imprint:   The Women's Press Ltd
Weight:   0.190kg
ISBN:  

9780704347267


ISBN 10:   0704347261
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 December 2001
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
This item will be ordered in for you from one of our suppliers. Upon receipt, we will promptly dispatch it out to you. For in store availability, please contact us.

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'Will grow on you while you least suspect it. A winner by stealth.' Maxim Jakubowski, The Guardian 'Impeccably written and fast moving, this is straight down-the-line mystery writing at its best.' The Observer


What caused somebody in northern California's Cascada Canyon 13 years ago to massacre two families, children of the counterculture, and how does that mystery tie in with the recent death of Chrystal Ackerman? Unfortunately, Muller decides not to have her series sleuth Sharon McCone ( Listen to the Silence, 2000, etc.) investigate but lets loose far less interesting sheriff's deputy Rhoda Swift, who's given the double charge of setting to right the Cascada debacle she bungled on her very first assignment and investigating this new tragedy, which began when not one of the many townsfolk, including Rhoda, who saw Chrystal standing by her disabled car stopped to help her-until someone finally did for less than Samaritan reasons. Also on hand to puzzle out the Cascada/Chrystal stories is famous author Guy Newberry, come to town to write an expose of the case at the urging of a family member of one of the Cascada massacre victims. A tale of two former hippie couples settling in the canyon, a buried treasure, and malfeasance from Rhoda's superior gradually emerges in flat, tepid prose-aided by dreary stream-of-consciousness flashbacks from not-yet-dead Chrystal, and even drearier police work from Rhoda. An interesting premise-a community's guilt after their failure to rescue a damsel in distress-plunges into cliche and insipid writing. A jolt of McCone would have gone a long way toward saving this novel-in-distress. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone series has been translated into eight languages and there are 2 million copies in print. Recipient of the Private Eye Writers of America Life Achievement Award, she lives in northern California. The Women's Press has 16 Marcia Muller titles in print, including Listen to the Silence, A Wild and Lonely Place and Ask the Cards a Question.

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