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Point Deception

Muller, Marcia

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ISBN 10: 0892966904 / ISBN 13: 9780892966905
Published by Warner Books, New York, 2001
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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First Printing: July 2001, stated; full number line. Signed on the title page by the author: "Marcia Muller." Bound in blue paper-covered boards with a silver-lettered spine. Textblock unmarked; slight spine slant; corners sharp. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $23.95). Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 003048

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Title: Point Deception

Publisher: Warner Books, New York

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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When acclaimed journalist Guy Newberry arrives in a small seaside community to investigate the unsolved murder of two families years ago, the body of a woman washes up at nearby Point Deception, and soon, more murders occur, forcing Guy and Sheriff Rhoda Swift to work together in order to stop a deranged killer. 50,000 first printing.


A new Marcia Muller book is always cause for celebration, and in this brooding, melancholy thriller she introduces a compelling new heroine. Rhoda "Rho" Swift is a deputy sheriff in California's fictional Soledad County. She is still tormented by a 13-year-old multiple murder in Cascade Canyon, where two counterculture families and their children were slain by an unknown killer. And when the body of an unidentified woman washes up in the waters off nearby Point Deception and two other local women go missing, Rhoda fears that the anniversary of the Canyon murders has unleashed another killing spree. She's not alone. The scared, suspicious townspeople are wondering the same thing. They're also unhappy that Guy Newberry, a New York writer whose bestselling books have exposed the secrets of other small towns, has turned up in Soledad trying to ferret out theirs. But Rho and Guy have something in common besides trying to learn why trouble has come back to Point Deception: they're both running from their own demons, and even the attraction that's starting to grow between them can't change the past.

Muller's intricate plotting and strong narrative flow have won a dedicated fan base for her Sharon McCone series, and both qualities are on full display here. She's skilled at evoking the landscape and atmosphere of her native California, and even her minor characters (like Wayne Gilardi, Rho's fellow cop, and Jack Swift, her father) are complex and interesting enough that their sketched-in back stories are worth telling. A terrific read from a master of the genre, Point Deception is Muller at her best. --Jane Adams

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