Marcia Muller

Sue Grafton described Muller as "the founding mother of the contemporary female hard-boiled private eye". That perfectly sums up Mullerís groundbreaking role, since her first Sharon McCone novel (1979) preceded other writers of female PI series by five years. When McCone first appears in Edwin of the Iron Shoes, she is the staff investigator for a legal co-operative in San Francisco. Increasing success in recent instalments has allowed Sharon to branch out. The background varies from book to book, she gives readers an insight into the music industry in The Broken Promise Land. Muller lets the story line flow naturally from the secondary characters, many of whom still reappear, never vanishing without a valid reason. Each novel is like a reunion with old friends.

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