From Publishers Weekly: "Alpha female of the pack of American PIs, San Francisco investigator Sharon McCone learns for herself how tough her readers have long known her to be in this, her 14th appearance. On a case that winds through her personal history, Sharon hides out in her childhood home near San Diego and crosses, not always legally, the U.S.-Mexican border to end up facing a future quite different than what she--or we--might have predicted. All Souls Legal Cooperative, long Sharon's employer, is assuming a corporate air; the partners want their unconventional investigator to move into a more administrative position. At the same time, her lover Hy Ripinsky disappears. She traces him to a slick security firm for whom he apparently agreed to deliver the $2 million ransom to the abductors of the CEO of a biotech company about to market a cancer drug. The drug, extracted from dolphin cartilage, has roused the fear and ire of environmentalist groups with whom Hy had once been associated. The high-tech security outfit is convinced Hy has stolen the ransom; Sharon, unsure of anything, says she'll find him and get back the money. Evading their suspicious operatives and the cops, she infiltrates southern California's community of illegals, makes some valuable friends and fierce enemies and learns in a final, breathtaking confrontation the full extent of her own resources. With a finely tuned secondary cast, well-drawn settings and a satisfyingly intricate plot held firmly in hand (except for a few moments of minor melodrama and some unnecessary foreshadowing), Muller keeps the spotlight on Sharon here. She shines." Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Synopsis from back of book:
San Francisco P.I. Sharon McCone isn't ready at all to cope with the disater. Just when All Souls Legal Cooperative hands her an ultimatum that will tie her to a desk forever. Hy Pipinsky, her lover and an environmental activist, suddenly vanishes. Determined to find him. Sharon puts her career crisis on hold, only to discover Hy's abandoned plan, wrecked rental car, and the intrigues of a shady international security firm. From her family's San Diego homestead, to an opulent villa on the Mexican coast, to the treacherous canyons stretching back across the border, she'll search for clues -- and come face-to-face with her own issues.
I've been a Sharon McCone fan ever since Marcia Muller started writing this series.
From 1993, this entry follows "Pennies for a Dead Woman's Eyes," a real winner. New key character, Sharon McCone's lover Hy Ripinsky, disappears. Intriguing, with plenty of need-answers questions, and features some new locales for our lovable PI. A pivotal story in this series.
I have read all of Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone series. I love the all.