Monday, November 13, 2017
McCone and Friends
I'd already read a few of the stories in The McCone Files, Marcia Muller's first short story collections. All of the stories in McCone and Friends were new to me, but since they were written in the 1990s, I was still visiting past lives. Sharon's nephew/operative Mick Savage was still living with co-worker Charlotte Kiem and Rae Kelleher was dating Willie, a fence-turned-legitimate retailer (she married Ricky Savage over a dozen books ago). Some of the stories take place at All Soul's Legal Cooperative, which dissolved before I took the bar in 1998. Sharon's still the same - adventurous, and an engaging mix of logic and instinct, as is her friend and office manager Ted Smalley. While some of the stories are a bit dated, they're all engaging. Whether the issue is drug smuggling, missing persons, or an antique jukebox, Muller uses the short form to create brief but satisfying puzzles and gives us the chance to visit with old friends.