For Sharon McCone, when one door opens, another shuts. In the midst of celebrating a joyous wedding, she gets word that her father has died. The news leads her to the rituals of death: the scattering of ashes, the sharing of grief, the sorting through a loved one's belongings. But for Sharon McCone the last of those acts leads to a discovery that will change everything...
The existence of a legal document, hinting at a family secret deliberately withheld from McCone, provokes a violent breach between McCone and her mother. It drives McCone to search for her family's roots, particularly those of her Shoshone great-grandmother. This emotionally fueled search takes her to Montana's Flathead Indian Reservation and, eventually, to a remote and sparsely populated county in northern California. There, obsessed with her own problems, she walks into a deadly fight between Indians trying to preserve their sacred lands and a high-powered resort developer.
Soon McCone is drawn into a conspiracy that includes the attempted murder of an activist lawyer and threats on her own life. No one is talking -- and McCone must learn to listen to the silence: the questions carefully avoided; the pauses that point to a lie; the hesitation when emotions block the disclosure of a vital fact.
Now, her fears mounting, her anger growing, McCone enters a dark inner place, dogged by an identity crisis -- and a killer. An elusive adversary wants her to stop her search, and maybe she should. After all, the price for the whole truth -- a tale of shattered love, bigotry, and homicide -- may be the forfeiting of everything she believes... a fresh start... or the ignominious end that a bullet can bring.
LISTEN TO THE SILENCE is Marcia Muller at her most tantalizingly complex and dramatically intense -- the kind of writing that has taken her to the top of her craft, yet allows her to reach new literary heights with each intriguing book.
This hardback is in near new condition. The dust jacket has light shelf wear.