As the book opens, Sharon has just discovered that her brother Joey has committed suicide. Joey went his own way, different from the family and because of various events detailed in earlier novels, Sharon was never close to him. Yet, he was her brother and she feels tremendous guilt over not being able to see the signs and prevent his death.
With that fresh in her mind, she is asked by a good friend who also happens to a lawyer who throws a lot of work her way, to investigate another suicide. This is the last thing she wants to do but finds it impossible to follow through on her initial refusal. Glen Solomon is a hotshot lawyer in San Francisco and he has been hired by the parents of Roger Nagasaw who was the suicide. Roger has committed suicide and the family using a new tactic that has recently succeeded in Japan want to sue his employer, Insite. Insite is an online magazine that purported to chronicle what was new and hip in the bay area and in so doing, the employees worked tremendous amounts of hours as well as being abused by the magazine's management. The question becomes did overwork drive him to suicide as the family alleges, or was something going on internally that pushed him to leap off a local bridge?
Sharon takes the case out of a sense of guilt and regret and soon finds that Insite is much worse than she ever dreamed. Without Hy at her side, Sharon is unprepared to deal with the various problems of the case as well as the emotional loss of her very distant brother.
I have read all of Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone series. I love the all.
"One of America's finest writers.' says Cleveland Plain Dealer. San Fancisco Chronical states, " A lively novel... readers will appreciate Muller's eye for detail and the strong sense of place." "McConne remans one of the most popular of hard-boiled female private eyes... You don't have to be a card-carrying McCone fan to appreciate the tightness of plot and wealth of intreguing background in this latest adventure," according to Booklist."Dead Midnight is superb, above and beyond Muller's past work... Muller is one in a million and so is McCone." says Denton Record Chronicle. "Her cases continue to be complex and chilling... this book is a good one." reports Sunday Oklahoman.
I can't get enough of Marcia Mullers books. I loved this book.
I've been reading the Sharon McCone series ever since it started and always enjoy these books.