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Cyanide Wells (Muller, Marcia) [Hardcover]

Marcia Muller
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July 2003 Muller, Marcia
Matt Lindstrom was falsely accused of his wife Gwen's murder. Fourteen years later he discovers that she is living a new life. Shocked to discovers that she has a child and is living with a lesbian lover, Matt journeys to find that tragedy has struck again. He must prevent a final confrontation that may prove fatal to them all.
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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892967811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892967810
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,331,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RIVETING SUSPENSE 13 Sep 2003
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Opening with a map of Soledad County, and a terse, shocking phone call deft mystery writer Marcia Muller hooks readers and then speedily reels them in for an intriguing journey to unlock the past. With more than 30 novels to her credit and the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award pocketed, she's a skillful weaver of tales shrouded in mystery and suspense.
Apparently a believer in fast starts Ms. Muller begins her story in Minnesota with a ringing telephone. When Matt Lindstrom answers a voice identifies himself as a Wyoming law officer and asks whether Matt is married to Gwen Lindstrom. Once Matt says that he is, there is this startling message: "Her car was found in my jurisdiction.....Nothing wrong with the vehicle, but there were bloodstains on the dash and other signs consistent with a struggle. A purse containing her identification and credit cards was on the passenger's seat."
A body is never found but Matt is branded as a murderer, and his professional career is soon in ruins. Fast forward to 14 years later, and another phone call. This time an anonymous caller tells Matt that his wife is alive. Further, the voice said she's living in Cyanide Wells.
Disbelieving but desperately wanting answers Matt heads for the West Coast.
Matt arrives in California in hopes of finding Gwen, clearing his name, and exacting a pound of flesh for what he has suffered.
What he finds is Carly McGuire, a woman with a past of her own, and a snarled web of deception that he may or may not be able to untangle.
Marcia Muller never disappoints, as is shown once more with "Cyanide Wells."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Love Sharon McCone, Hated This Book 5 Sep 2003
By Miss Terry Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book was really weak. The concept of the plot sounded good at the start --- lost woman reappears after 14 years, why did she run, what ghosts haunted her -- but the book never goes anywhere. Even more frustrating, all sorts of things never are resolved, including insights into Gwen and why she ran, what was her problem or what were her ghosts, what was the motivation for the call to Lindstrom (this was partially explained, although it was always left as a dangling assumption). The principal characters were likable enough, but that alone couldn't carry the plot. Very very disappointing.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Page-Turning 1 Aug 2003
By SDRTX - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In a departure from her Sharon McCone series, Marcia Muller takes us on a journey into fictional Soledad Country. Matt Linstrom, a college instructor and part-time photographer, was leading a pretty idyllic life or he thought. One day his wife announces she wants a divorce and the next day she is gone without a trace. He is implicated in her disappearance. After being alienated from family and friends, losing his business, his job, and most of his possessions, he starts a new life in a new place. After fourteen years, he gets a call telling where his ex-wife is. Matt starts a journey to Soldad County and to self-discovery. A gripping mystery ensues in Soledad County. I don't want to give anything away, so I will leave it at that.
One of the strengths of CYANIDE WELLS is that Muller swaps viewpoints of two characters. At first, neither seemed to be a totally sympathetic character, but after allowing us into their thoughts, we get to know them and sympathize with their plights. I liked the more rural, isolated setting of the story. It lent a lot of atmosphere to the story. If I had any quibble about the book is that the ending was a little too evident, but the page-turning aspect to the story countered any problems I had with the ending.
Marcia Muller can always be counted on for a well-plotted story with compelling characters. I appreciate the need for series authors to take a break and write an occasional stand-alone book. CYNIIDE WELLS is a nice effort from Marcia Muller.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RIVETING SUSPENSE 13 Sep 2003
By Gail Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Opening with a map of Soledad County, and a terse, shocking phone call deft mystery writer Marcia Muller hooks readers and then speedily reels them in for an intriguing journey to unlock the past. With more than 30 novels to her credit and the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award pocketed, she's a skillful weaver of tales shrouded in mystery and suspense.
Apparently a believer in fast starts Ms. Muller begins her story in Minnesota with a ringing telephone. When Matt Lindstrom answers a voice identifies himself as a Wyoming law officer and asks whether Matt is married to Gwen Lindstrom. Once Matt says that he is, there is this startling message: "Her car was found in my jurisdiction.....Nothing wrong with the vehicle, but there were bloodstains on the dash and other signs consistent with a struggle. A purse containing her identification and credit cards was on the passenger's seat."
A body is never found but Matt is branded as a murderer, and his professional career is soon in ruins. Fast forward to 14 years later, and another phone call. This time an anonymous caller tells Matt that his wife is quite alive, and "very cognizant of what she put you through when she disappeared." Further, the voice said she's living in Cyanide Wells under the name of Ardis Coleman.
Disbelieving but desperately wanting answers Matt heads for the West Coast.
California is a lush state that can be both breathtakingly beautiful and threatening. The same might be said of the Golden State's Soledad County, especially Cyanide Wells. Today that community is home for those with a penchant for the avant garde. In yesteryear it was a gold mining town whose residents found that their water supply had been laced with cyanide.
Matt arrives here in hopes of finding Gwen, clearing his name, and exacting a pound of flesh for what he has suffered.
What he finds is Carly McGuire, a woman with a past of her own, and a snarled web of deception that he may or may not be able to untangle.
Marcia Muller never disappoints, as is shown once more with "Cyanide Wells."
- Gail Cooke
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Character-driven mystery 29 Dec 2003
By Peggy Vincent - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Character-based. Does that make it `literature,' by definition? Perhaps. Marcia Muller is one or our more artistic and literate mystery writers, and this is a good one. It deals with an identity puzzle. Matthew's wife appears to have been murdered, but no body is found; because suspicion focuses on him, he hits the trail and makes a new life for himself in a different country. Then his `wife' calls, he travels to seek closure with her, and finds she's gone missing again, this time from the home she shares with her lesbian lover, Carly. She and Matt join forces to find this mystery woman, and...well, read the book yourself.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I read a different book 4 Sep 2003
By chattyc69 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
because I thought this book was weak and not up to Marcia Mullers normal standard of writing. The character development was extremely poor, we never really know what motivated the killer. The italics printing of the characters thoughts was weak and would have been unnecessary if the character development was better. It was an interesting basis for a plot it just never developed. If you must read it, wait until paperback.
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