Coming Back - Sharon McCone, Bk 29 Author:Marcia Muller In Locked In, San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone was shot in the head and suffered from locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but with an alert, conscious mind. Now, as Sharon struggles to regain control over her body, she wants everything to go back to normal, but realizes that it may not be possible to return to her old life... more ».
Meanwhile, Sharon's relationships are suffering. Her husband is impatient with her refusal to accept help and some of her colleagues doubt her abilities after the accident. But when Sharon's friend from physical therapy goes missing, she must call upon those closest to her to find out the truth behind the disappearance. The investigation soon points to issues of national security and proves to be the most dangerous and critical case yet for Sharon and her colleagues.« less
Coming Back picks up after McCone's near-fatal injury in Locked In, it's a terrific book in which Muller gives us the narrative from all characters in third-person.
There's no rose-colored future for the investigator, just lots of realistic therapy and hard knocks. And there are bad days - very bad days. One of her cats has died and then the second cat dies to add to a very, very bad day.
Muller doesn't coddle our hero, as McCone's friends try to do. McCone's gritty determination has survived not only the comfortable affluence of recent novels, but the real and shattering assaults of the last two or three. Once I started to read it I could not put this one down!