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Till the Butchers Cut Him Down (Sharon McCone #14)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,134 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
In the biggest professional move of her life, Sharon is cutting her umbilical cord of All Soul's Legal Cooperative and opening her own shop. But even before the phone lines are installed, McCone Investigations gets its first case - one that lifts Sharon off a roof in a helicopter and deposits her on a posh hideaway on the north California coast. Her new client is T.J. Gord ...more
Paperback, 321 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Warner Books (first published 1994)
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May 17, 2014 Joyce rated it really liked it
McCone has finally gone into business for herself. Her first client, T. J. Gordon is a man she has known since college but not seen for the past fifteen years. He is a turnaround expert now and fears that someone is undermining his current project. The investigation leads to deaths, mystery and a very satisfactory conclusion. It is, as are all of Muller's novels, well written and well plotted. McCone and her compatriots are characters worth knowing and mature with time and each successive novel. ...more
Apr 11, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
#15 in Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone series. Sharon's life went through a sea change in the prior series entry Wolf in the Shadows (1993) and her new attitudes in the present novel. A very satisfying series entry as Muller adds depth to her engaging character (and her enigmatic romance with Hy Ripinsky.

Sharon McCone series - McCone has just left the All-Souls Legal Cooperative and opened her own business when an eccentric friend from her UC-Berkeley days, who now specializes in rescuing failing
Apr 23, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Private investigator Sharon McCone has struck out on her own with her PI business. From her UC Berkley past comes old love TJ Gordon (Suits) who is a hatchet man for bringing businesses out of bankruptcy. He's convinced someone is trying to kill him. As Sharon emerges out of his home with his wife's coat on, the home blows up and Sharon is convinced she may be the target. Sharon uses her old fashioned investigative techniques to trace Suits past to determine who is trying to kill them.

I enjoy th
I've really enjoyed most of the books in this series so far (this is the 14th) but this one was just a little bit too fantastical, too implausible to ring true, on many fronts. An old friend from PI Sharon McCone's college days hires her to find out who has been harassing him, possibly even trying to kill him. "Suits" Gordon has come up in the world, money is no object, just the perfect client for McCone's fledgling business. So why does she feel so uncomfortable? Probably due to the unwillingne ...more
Diane Hamilton
Feb 27, 2015 Diane Hamilton rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book.
aPriL does feral sometimes
P.I. Sharon McCone will turn down a job with a shady corporation like RKI, but shady individuals seem to attract her on some level. In this case it's a man she knew from her college days, T. j. "Suitcase" Gordon. He is now a multi-millionaire, earning his money by turning around failing companies through ruthless employee firing and selling of assets. Somewhat a cross between corporate raiders and HR 'Angels of Death', Suits goal is to save companies. As you can imagine, since upper management i ...more
Barbara Mitchell
May 18, 2011 Barbara Mitchell rated it liked it
I've been reading Marcia Muller for years but in no particular order. Whenever I see one of her Sharon McCone series books at a book sale that I haven't read, I buy it. I still have one more in my TBR stack. The reason is that they always are entertaining and I like McCone.

Till the Butchers Cut Him Down is the first one I've read that disappointed me. I'm not sure why. I still like McCone and I find her life interesting. I enjoy her trials and tribulations with her nephew Mick. This story is set
Shannon Appelcline
Mar 26, 2013 Shannon Appelcline rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Carl R.
May 15, 2012 Carl R. rated it it was ok
Lots of amusing stuff in this one. Muller gives us a San Francisco setting with excursions up the coast (Mendo, Garberville, Elk, et al) and out to Nevada and American Rust Pennsylvania. PI Sharon McCone makes a formidable opponent for the bad guys, being a smart, tough woman who can play hardball with anyone. Her romantic life is less believable, consisting mainly of an
attraction for an absentee lover named (of all things) Hy, who is always flying around without notice or explanation. He does p
Michelle Beese
Mar 17, 2014 Michelle Beese rated it liked it
I have become a true Marcia Muller fan over the past year and I liked this latest book I read even though I had a hard time keeping up with where Ms. Sharon was half the time! She certainly did a lot of traveling in her latest adventure and that caught me a bit off guard. Always eager to read the next Sharon McCone adventure!
Dec 25, 2010 Barbara rated it liked it
Marcia Muller's hard-boiled PI Sharon McCone could easily have lunch with Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade. In this outing, she is mulling over a marriage proposal when a friend from her past (they had a one-night stand while in college)asks her to help him. He was shiftless and irresponsible in college, so McCone is surprised to discover that he's become a 'fixer' of sorts; he goes in and restructures corporations to make them profitable again. However, mysterious accidents have him convinced that ...more
Dec 31, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: serial-mystery
In the 15th installment of Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone series, Till the Butchers Cut Him Down, Sharon returned in another classic mystery of hers.This time, Sharon decided to start her own business and leave All Souls Legal Cooperation. With McCone Investigations, she landed her first case helping an old friend of hers. When he asked for her help, he was convinced that someone wanted to kill him and later disappeared. It was up to Sharon to find him, when his trail lead him to Lost Hope, Nevad ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Eliana added it
Love Sharon McCone and her colleagues. This author never disappoints.
Jan 27, 2010 Joy rated it it was amazing
Sharon has struck out on her own. No longer working for All Souls Legal Cooperative, she needs clients, even "Suitcase" Gordon, a seedy hanger-on from her youth. Suitcase has blossomed astonishingly into a high-priced corporate troubleshooter -- but Sharon can't help but be skeptical. At first she doesn't even believe in the death threats. Then Suits introduces her to his wife, and the poignant side of his life. It's amazing when we come to sympathize with this ruthless, detached client, but Mul ...more
I had a hard time getting into story. The main reason was the character who was the focus of the story was annoying and obnoxious, which made it hard to understand why Sharon would try to solve his problem.

The first half of the story seemed to drag but picked up beyond that point. By then I had figured out who was behind the attacks on Sharon’s client, although I hadn’t caught all the little details.

This series will never be at the top of my ‘must read’ list but the books are good enough that I
Muller, Marcia - 14th in Sharon McCone series

T.J. Gordon has made millions as a corporate troubleshooter who creates profits and enemies while reviving failed businesses. From the moment he whisks P.I. Sharon McCone off in his helicopter, complaining of threats and sabotage, her life is changed. The trail of his past leads McCone from a Nevada tourist trap to a Pennsylvania steel town.

Muller is up to her usual high quality writing.
Jan 18, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Just starting the series and hope to read them all.

T.J. Gordon has made millions as a corporate troubleshooter who creates profits and enemies while reviving failed businesses. From the moment he whisks P.I. Sharon McCone off in his helicopter, complaining of threats and sabotage, her life is changed. The trail of his past leads McCone from a Nevada tourist trap to a Pennsylvania steel town.
Jan 01, 2011 Phyllis rated it really liked it

Marcia Muller's books never disappoint me. They keep moving and are always exciting.
The ending of this one is more unexpected than most.
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Sep 30, 2012 Sweetinterludes Sweetinterludes Book shop rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all mystery fans
Recommended to Sweetinterludes by: Muller has always been one of my favorite authors
i love Marcia McCOME mYSTERIES This was another good read which I could not put down.She is such a loveable character
Apr 04, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
Sharon McCone shines as a woman PI in a men's world. Love the series.
Jim Hager
Feb 06, 2013 Jim Hager rated it it was amazing
First class mystery. Definitely want to read more by Muller
Feb 12, 2009 Diane added it
Living up to the McCone mystery series!!
Apr 25, 2009 Ivy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-books-read
First time reading this author...
Mar 31, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it
advanced the characters well
Katherine Gould
Aug 13, 2008 Katherine Gould rated it liked it
Another early Sharon McCone.
May 18, 2013 Nell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
These only get better.
May 15, 2011 Pat added it
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A native of the Detroit area, Marcia Muller grew up in a house full of books and self-published three copies of her first novel at age twelve, a tale about her dog complete with primitive illustrations. The "reviews" were generally positive.

In the early 1970s, having moved to California, Muller found herself unemployable and began experimenting with mystery novels.

In the ensuing thirty-some years,
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