Burn Out by Marcia Muller is the 26th book in the “Sharon McCone” mystery series. Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, October 2008
Traumatized by a recent life-or-death investigation, Sharon McCone flees to her ranch in California’s high desert country to contemplate her future. Deep depression shadows her days and nights, and a chance encounter with a troubled, highly secretive Native American woman begins to haunt her dreams. Even though she is determined not to investigate anything during her stay–and perhaps not ever again–McCone is drawn into the plight of the young woman and her dysfunctional family. A murder and traces of violence at a deserted resort lead her across the desert and into Nevada, and finally to a remote and isolated ranch, where danger lies closer that she expects and where her future and life itself may hang in the balance.
After a terrifying incident, San Francisco PI Sharon McCone, depressed, flees to her husband’s ranch where she contemplates her future. Along the way, McCone gets involved in a local homicide case and slowly steps out into life again with a better take on her future. This is another fine story in this series.