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City of Whispers
by Marcia Muller
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Grand Central, 2011 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Darcy Blackhawk, Sharon McCone's half-brother, emails her a cryptic note asking for her help, but he gives no way for her to get in touch with him. He uses the email account of her birth mother, Saskia Blackhawk. The email came from an Internet café in San Francisco. Darcy is a drug addict who has misused his entire family at one time or another.

Sharon, a San Francisco private investigator, barely knows Darcy. Since he's in San Francisco, she knows she'll have to find him. The note could mean anything. She's not sure whether he emailed her because she's a private investigator or because he wants to borrow money and she's the only family member he hasn't alienated.

Starting at the Internet café she follows his trail to Lincoln Park where she finds a woman has recently died from a drug overdose. Whatever Darcy is mixed up in, he's in trouble and really does need her help. Darcy's family members have frequently been involved in her cases during this long-lived series.

City of Whispers, book twenty-nine in the Sharon McCone series, isn't the best one, but it was an enjoyable read and it's always fun to see what Sharon is up to.

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