Hex: A Ruby Murphy Mystery

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Crown/Archetype, Mar 10, 2010 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Having drifted through thirty-three years of life, Ruby Murphy has put down roots in a rootless place: Coney Island. A recovering alcoholic who is fanatical in her love for animals and her misanthropic friends, Ruby lives above a furniture store and works at the musty Coney Island Museum. One day, Ruby is on the subway heading into Manhattan when the train stalls between stations. An elegant blond woman with a scarred face strikes up a conversation, and a misunderstanding between the two women leads to an offer Ruby decides she can’t refuse. The woman needs her boyfriend followed, and she thinks Ruby is the woman to do it—and do it right.

Ruby’s life has been flat and painful lately. The Coney Island Museum isn’t doing much business, Ruby’s live-in boyfriend has moved out, and her best friend Oliver is battling cancer. Ruby agrees to follow the woman’s boyfriend, Frank, a man who works at Belmont Racetrack and seems to hang out in odd places with bad company. Ruby soon finds herself pushed headfirst into horse racing’s seamy underbelly. This is a dangerous world where nothing is as it appears, and people and horses seem to have limited life spans. When Ruby finds herself staring down the barrel of a loaded gun, she begins to have second thoughts.

Only now it’s far too late.


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Hex launches a new mystery series by poetry slam artist and novelist Estep (Diary of an Emotional Idiot). The improbable investigator is Ruby Murphy, who is addicted to Coney Island, where she ... Read full review

Contents

Her Royal Stubby Fingeredness
3
IrazyShitwirh AnimaIs 21
5
Blonde Again
25
Saint Ludwigs Mood Swings
33
Ball and Chain
38
Bewitched by Beasts
44
Girl ofFire
52
Ruby Murphy 3 The Nefilrious Boyfriend
57
She Is Exquisite
162
My Pretty Lungs
171
This Body
183
Ravaged
188
American Swearing
195
Ruby Murphy 3 Man Trouble 202
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Checking for Heat
215
Horsclrouble
219

ATendcrness Between Us I62 12 Ruby murphy Hotwalkcr
70
MyllotwalkertoBe
78
14 Ruby Murphy 3 Two Ornery Blond People
87
MyGirl Dancing
99
Hybrid Women
107
EverStill
113
The Hole
127
ABlack Wish
135
Raving Beauties
150
A Beautiful Night
156
Portable Souls
230
MurderousWhispers
232
Extra Heat
243
Panic in a Haystack
248
Movements ofthe Gods
261
The Bends 266
266
Need Ward Edward Burke The Mercyseat
277
Raging Machete
283
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Maggie Estep is the author of the novel Diary of an Emotional Idiot as well as Soft Maniacs, a collection of short stories. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and magazines, including The Village Voice, The New York Press, and Nerve.com. She is presently working on Gargantuan, a follow-up to Hex. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and hangs out at racetracks, cheering on long shots.


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