Flamethrower: A Mystery

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Crown, Mar 31, 2010 - Fiction - 256 pages
In the newest Ruby Murphy mystery, New York’s inadvertent sleuth discovers more about her shrink than she could have ever imagined as the doctor turns the tables, enlisting her help in the hunt for a one-legged man who’s been kidnapped and hidden in the Rockaways. Life gets even stranger when Ruby is inexplicably fired from her job at the Coney Island Museum, her friend Violet’s best racehorse is suddenly put up for sale, and a blue Honda begins shadowing Ruby’s every move as she journeys into the wilds of Pennsylvania in search of the woman she always thought had all the answers.

Between her apartment that is spitting distance from the Cyclone rollercoaster, the barn deep in a no-man’s-land where she stables her horse, and the racetrack that is consuming her boyfriend, Ruby already knows her share of eccentric New York misfits. But in Flamethrower, she may have finally met her dangerous match.

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Ruby Murphy, the accidental Coney Island detective who loses jobs and lovers a lot more easily than she acquires them, ends up in the middle of somebody else's losses.It's no fun waiting around for ... Read full review

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A human leg found in her psychiatrist's fish tank sets Brooklyn sleuth Ruby Murphy on her third crime-solving adventure (afterGargantuan ). Estep's upside-down plot twists and quirky, charming ... Read full review

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Maggie Estep is the author of five works of fiction: Diary of an Emotional Idiot, Soft Maniacs, Love Dance of the Mechanical Animals, Hex, and Gargantuan. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her website at maggieestep.com.

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