Gargantuan: A Ruby Murphy Mystery

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Crown, Mar 24, 2010 - Fiction - 272 pages
Maggie Estep’s critically praised heroine, Ruby Murphy, is back! Back in Coney Island with a bunch of endearing misfits, back at the racetrack ogling thoroughbreds, and back learning that, on the seamy side of the sport of kings, survival can be a long shot.

Ruby’s life is nothing if not complicated: she’s spending a lot of her time worrying about a jockey named Attila Johnson; a good-hearted Teamster with a bad back; a neighbor who is suspicious of anything that moves; one very fat cat who craves raw meat; a missing FBI agent; an underused piano; a few fine horses—and the sure knowledge that somehow, somewhere, there is a killer among them.
 

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With a stronger plot, Estep more than fulfills the promise of her quirky mystery debut, Hex . In the absence of her FBI-agent boyfriend, Ruby becomes involved with Attila Johnson, a sorry jockey ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
17
Section 4
24
Section 5
33
Section 6
66
Section 7
82
Section 8
94
Section 15
159
Section 16
171
Section 17
188
Section 18
191
Section 19
202
Section 20
207
Section 21
216
Section 22
222

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
127
Section 12
133
Section 13
140
Section 14
147
Section 23
229
Section 24
237
Section 25
239
Section 26
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MAGGIE ESTEP is the author of Diary of an Emotional Idiot and Soft Maniacs. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and magazines, including the Village Voice, the New York Press, and Nerve.com. She is currently working on Flame Thrower, the next Ruby Murphy Mystery, and hanging out at racetracks, cheering on long shots. She lives in New York City.

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