Sunday, November 1, 2015
The McCone Files
I first "met" Sharon McCone in 1990 (for me) and 1977 (for her). Like most long-running series, she's aged in comic book time with a dash of retcon, so re-reading older installments are doubly nostalgic. Not only do I remember what my life was like when I first read the book, but I'm also seeing a version of Sharon with a somewhat different background. The McCone Files allowed me to experience the same sort of nostalgia while reading (mostly) new material. It's a collection of short stories, starting with Sharon's first case for All Souls Legal Collective and ending as Sharon cleans out her office. Of course Sharon was younger then, but the crimes are also different. As the staff investigator for a legal collective which charged the poorer residents of pre-gentrification San Francisco on a sliding scale, the crimes she encountered were mostly smaller and more personal than the cases handled by McCone Investigations. There are a few murders, but also missing persons, burglary, and an accident that's not one, really. We also meet Sharon's old friends - Hank Zahn is still around, sort of, and Ted Smalley is McCone Investigations's office manager, and in the later stories see the cracks which led to the dissolution of All Souls. For those who aren't yet familiar with Sharon, The McCone Files is a good introduction. It's a series of well-crafted mysteries which provides a primer on Sharon's persona.