Cyanide Wells

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Mysterious Press, 2003 - Fiction - 292 pages
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When Matthew Lindstrom's wife Gwen disappeared, his comfortable life was destroyed by suspicion and innuendo. But 14 years later, Matthew receives an anonymous phone call saying Gwen is alive--and well aware of what her disappearance has done to him. Now, Matthew is on his way to Soledad County in Northern California in search of vindication. Once he arrives, he is shocked to discover Gwen has a new name, Ardis Coleman, and is living with her lesbian lover, Carly, and their daughter, Natalie. Deciding to confront his ex-wife, Matt shows up at her home only to find a bloodstained hallway--and no sign of Ardis or Natalie. Together Carly and Matt form an unlikely alliance in their search for the missing pair. But as they dig into Ardis' life, they discover a twisted plan--one that leads to a final confrontation that may prove fatal to all of them.
- Muller's most recent novel, Dead Midnight (Mysterious Press hardcover, 6/02), hit the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. It received rave reviews from the New York Times Book Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly (starred review), and Booklist. The mass market edition will be published in 7/03.
- Muller's McCone series has consistently received strong reviews from the New York Times Book Review, USA TODAY, and Los Angeles Times, among others.
- Listen to the Silence was nominated for the 2001 Shamus Award for Best Hardcover Private Eye Novel and for an
- Anthony Award.
- The McCone mysteries are being developed by Spring Creek Productions and CBS-TV into a pilot for a new television series.

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User Review  - swingdancefan - LibraryThing

Didn't love it, didn't hate it. Won't need to read it again. i liked the collaboration between Matt and the newspaper editor, Carly. The suspense at the resolution was adequate. I mostly just spent a lot of time being mad at Gwen/Ardis, who ruined a lot of lives. Read full review

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User Review  - Goodreads

I loved this book. I literally read it in one sitting, stopping only for a bathroom break. There was plot twists I didn't see coming, I never knew exactly what was going to happen next and it left me hoping there's a sequel. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Marcia Muller, novelist, short-story writer and anthologist, was born in Detroit in 1944. She attended the University of Michigan, where she studied writing. Edwin of the Iron Shoes (1977) was her first book featuring Sharon McCone, a female private eye strong enough to compete in the male-dominated crime genre. In 1993, Muller was given the Private Eye Writers of America Life Achievement Award, and the following year her novel Wolf in the Shadows won the Anthony Boucher Award and was nominated for the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Crime Novel. Muller is the co-author of the Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery series with Bill Pronzini.

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