This development (and the particularly nasty case solved in The Ever Running Man), led to the titular Burn Out. Theoretically pondering her next career move (but in reality nearly paralyzed by depression), McCone has a chance encounter with a young Paiute woman who is murdered a few days later. McCone investigates, mainly because the victim's uncle is the caretaker for her husband's ranch, and soon finds herself enmeshed in a web of family secrets and small-town intrigue - which somehow connect to a reclusive billionaire.
Maybe I've become too good at solving mysteries, or maybe it's only a middling detective novel, but I solved this a bit too early for my taste. Where Burn Out succeeds is as a psychological novel. Muller slowly (and I think realistically) draws McCone from her depressive state to 'the old Sharon' as she teases apart the puzzle. I enjoyed watching McCone wake up and begin to solve the day-to-day problems in both her personal and professional life. It's a mystery novel for people who want more than justice for the dead in their mysteries.