The Shape of Dread Author:Marcia Muller "Marcia Muller has received a good deal of attention for her McCone novels, and she deserves all of it" --so says the New York Times Book Review. Now, in her tenth appearance, private eye Sharon McCone is enlisted into a baffling case that had made lurid headlines two years earlier. — It was then that Bobby Foxter, an ex-crack addict and parking... more » valet at the trendy Cafe Comedie, confessed to the kidnapping and murder of a young stand-up comic. At the time of her disappearance, Tracy Kostakos had been drawing droves of fans to the club with her sharp, often vicious humor.
Foster's lawyer at the All Souls Legal Cooperative thinks that the real story didn't come out at the trial. After all, the body was never found.
Assigned to dig up additional facts, McCone turns up some odd ones. Police records and trial transcripts show that Kostakos' co-comics were strangely silent during the investigation. Was Tracy really the "good girl" her parents thought? And weren't the socially aware real estate developers who own the club just a bit too smooth?
McDone' quiet investigation into the hip stand-up comic subculture soon leads to explosive revelations about the darker side of comedy.« less