The color of fear

Marcia Muller

Book - 2017

When her father is left in a coma by a racially driven beating during the holiday season, private investigator Sharon McCone resolves to bring the attackers to justice, only to find herself targeted by hate-filled, racist threats.

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Series
Muller, Marcia. Sharon McCone mysteries.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Mystery fiction
Published
New York : Grand Central Publishing 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
261 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
1455538922
9781455538928
Main Author
Marcia Muller (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This is the thirty-third book in Muller's Sharon McCone series, and in the 40 years since that first outing (Edwin of the Iron Shoes, 1977), Sharon has been stabbed, shot, put in a coma, nearly drowned, and almost killed in a plane crash. We find out where her resilience comes from in this adventure when McCone's Native American father, who is visiting San Francisco for Christmas, becomes the victim of a vicious, racially motivated attack. While he lies in a coma, close to death, Sharon rounds up her posse to track down the thugs responsible for the crime. The bad guys retaliate with house vandalizing, car bombs, and further physical attacks, but justice is served after a high-stakes pursuit that proceeds at an astonishing pace. If you are ever in trouble, you want this woman to have your back. She may sigh and say, "It's hard to be Old Reliable," but Sharon truly has a heart of platinum. Fans will enjoy cruising the city's streets with her once again, perhaps joining her for a serving of Chef D's fettuccini al Cubano. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The savage beating of Sharon McCone's 82-year-old father by a gang of thugs kicks off MWA Grand Master Muller's outstanding 34th mystery featuring the San Francisco PI (after 2016's Someone Always Knows). McCone's father, nationally known Native American painter Elwood Farmer, arrived in San Francisco from Montana two days earlier for the Christmas holidays. He was shopping for gifts in the city's Marina district when he was assaulted in what may have been a racially motivated attack. SFPD Sgt. Priscilla Anders, however, suspects the beating may be tied to Farmer's relationship to McCone, and that theory seems more and more plausible after a break-in at McCone's office and vandalism directed at her employees. The stakes rise when McCone becomes the target of cyberattacks and death threats. She pursues a number of leads, many of which fail to pan out and others that are frustratingly vague, but she eventually discovers that a hate group may be involved after all. At the exciting climax, McCone valiantly arms herself and goes into action alone. Agent: Molly Friedrich, Friedrich Literary. (Aug.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When her father is left in a coma by a racially driven beating during the holiday season, private investigator Sharon McCone resolves to bring the attackers to justice, only to find herself targeted by hate-filled, racist threats.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"When a knock on the door in the middle of the night wakes Sharon, she's wholly unprepared for the horrifying news: her father has been the victim of a vicious, racially-motivated attack. A nationally recognized Shoshone artist, Elwood had been visiting Sharon for the holidays, browsing for gifts in San Francisco's exclusive Marina district when he was set upon by a mob of angry young men. Now he lies in a coma, hovering between life and death. With little progress on the investigation from the overworked, short-handed police, Sharon resolves to track down Elwood's attackers herself. But when Sharon begins receiving hate-filled, racist threats from a shadowy group, it becomes clear that her pursuit of justice may be putting her own life in jeopardy ..."--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

When her famed Shoshone artist father is left in a coma by a racially driven beating during San Francisco's holiday season, private investigator Sharon McCone resolves to bring the attackers to justice, only to find herself targeted by hate-filled, racist threats. By the New York Times best-selling author of Looking for Yesterday. 25,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In New York Times bestselling author Marcia Muller's captivating mystery, private detective Sharon McCone's investigation hits closer to home than ever before?Ķ The Color of Fear When a knock on the door in the middle of the night wakes Sharon, she's wholly unprepared for the horrifying news: her father has been the victim of a vicious, racially-motivated attack. A nationally recognized Shoshone artist, Elwood had been visiting Sharon for the holidays, browsing for gifts in San Francisco's exclusive Marina district when he was set upon by a mob of angry young men. Now he lies in a coma, hovering between life and death. With little progress on the investigation from the overworked, short-handed police, Sharon resolves to track down Elwood's attackers herself. But when Sharon begins receiving hate-filled, racist threats from a shadowy group, it becomes clear that her pursuit of justice may be putting her own life in jeopardy...