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.
“Maggie Estep is a writer of a thousand voices. . . . She can get into just about anyone’s head, including the horses who are such strong, individualized characters in this series.” —New York Times Book Review
“[Estep’s] vividly drawn characters and the wit of their interchanges . . . rip through the constraints of the [mystery] genre. I was blown away by the gale force of Estep’s talent.” —Salon.com
“This is a book that burns like brilliance at its zenith.” —Ken Bruen, author of The Dramatist
“Maggie Estep writes like no one else. She is one of my favorite writers, and Flamethrower might be her best book. Do yourself a favor and read all of her books now.” —Sara Gran, author of Dope and Come Closer
“A tour de force of mystery fiction and a maniacally hilarious black comedy . . . Ruby Murphy is a terrifically flawed protagonist, operating one step ahead of disaster. . . . With Flamethrower, Estep is at the top of her game.” —Jason Starr, author of Lights Out
“It’s always such a joy to enter Maggie Estep’s world, where everyone—dogs, horses, people, and places—is unique, real, and treated with respect, even when they’re completely demented. Ruby Murphy is a great character and I enjoy every minute I spend with her.” —S. J. Rozan, author of Absent Friends