In her twelfth outing, P.I. Sharon McCone leaves her San
Francisco turf for the forbidding high desert landscape of Tula lake near the Nevada border. Am environmental group thinks that he Hong Kong based Transpacific Corporation has some dubious plans for an abandoned gold In near the ghost town of Proniseville.
Sharon's investigation takes a grim turn when the bullet-riddled body of a Transpacific employee turns up in Tula Lake. Then a lone prospector suddenly disappears and Lionel Ong. the president of Transpacific, is kidnapped. Has one of the environmental activist perhaps the mysterious Hy Ripinsky, taken matters into his own hands?
As she pieces together the interlocking puzzle of personal histories and private interests that led to murder, Sharon finds that her heart wont't follow where her logic leads It takes a final explosive confrontation and a hard look at her won darkest impulses to solve the most disturbing case of her career.
Early early (1991) Sharon McCone mystery. great read..
I have read all of Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone series. I love the all.
Number 12 in the P.I. Sharon McCone series.
From Publishers Weekly: "Incorporating current ecological concerns and a flavorsome Western setting, this 12th Sharon McCone story is top-notch. McCone is asked by former colleague and friend Anne-Marie Altman to look into the strange events taking place at Tufa Lake, modeled after Mono Lake in Yosemite. The Transpacific Corporation has bought the mineral rights to the lake, and the members of the California Coalition for Environmental Protection, for which Altman now works, believe the corporation plans to begin full-scale gold mining--which would endanger the area's fragile ecosystem as well as the historic buildings of a nearby ghost town. Meanwhile, the prospector who sold Transpacific the land is missing and Coalition cabins have been broken into. A murder and a kidnapping soon follow. McCone realizes that she must get to the bottom of the land deal before another killing occurs. Muller intertwines McCone's subliminal dissatisfaction with her current boyfriend and her mother's quest for a life of her own into this suspenseful and fully fashioned tale." Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Episode twelve in the Sharon McCone series. Sharon investigates troubling deaths at Tufa Lake. Hy Ripinsky makes his (first?) appearance in this one. Complex and interesting look deeper into McCone's psyche.