A Sharon McCone mystery... the first series I read featuring a woman P.I. I couldn't get enough!
I have read the entire Sharon McCone series. Marcia Muller is an excellent mystery writer. I would suggest you start with the first book and read as they were written. It is an excellent series.
From back of book:
A random series of murders is only a succession of headlines in the San Francisco Chronicle for investigator Sharon McCone until one of her legal co-op's clients becomes a victim. Perry Hilderly had been a founder of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement in the early 1960s. Although he had settled down and drawn up a proper will several years earlier, a holograph document was found among his possessions.....the new will disinherits his children and leaves his considerable estate to four unknowns.
As Sharon tries to track down this strange quartet, she wonders what connection they had had with the dead man. One is a popular news anchor, one is a successful divorce attorney, one runs a Marin County horse stable, and the fourth is an alcoholic oysterman. Before long, Sharon notices a pattern--a tangled pattern of involvement leading back to the Vietnam War.
When the random killer starts to strike closer to home, the facts behind Hilderly's death become less abstract. Never before has Sharon become so personally involved in a case--and faced so squarely the brutal consequences of murderous rage.
Hardcover. From Publishers Weekly
San Francisco detective Sharon McCone ( The Shape of Dread ) uncovers murderous passions still simmering from the Vietnam anti-war movement when she undertakes an investigation into why a sniper victim changed his will to disinherit his children and leave more than $1 million to four strangers. Helping Hank Zahn, her boss at the All Souls Legal Cooperative, in settling the estate of his old Vietnam buddy, accountant Perry Hilderly, a founder of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, Sharon tracks down the four beneficiaries, all of whom have ties to a collective involved in a bombing attempt at a naval station in the late 1960s. When one, a sleazy lawyer, is murdered, and a sniper almost kills Hank and another Vietnam vet, Sharon must find the connection between the murders, despite strident resistance from the police investigator in charge of the cases. McCone is one of the most freshly conceived and complexly characterized of the female private eyes. Muller's fine eye for detail and sense of place bring San Francisco and the California subculture vividly to life while Sharon unravels the skeins of a complex case to arrive at unhappy truths. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A Sharon McCone murder mystery.