Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Horses and Courses

Horses play a large part in the life of Ruby Murphy, the highly addictive amateur crime solver of Estep’s shrewd series about her – a subtle mix of excitement and eccentricity. Murphy works for a museum in Coney Island, mostly to pay for the feed and stabling of Jack Valentine, her best equine friend, and this time she risks losing her job, her lover, even her life when a simple search for her therapist’s husband turns into a photo finish.

Estep is also the co-editor, with Jason Starr, of BLOODLINES, a high-stepping collection of stories and articles in which 20 writers (Starr, Estep, Ken Bruen and that fine crime novelist Scott Phillips) explore the deep love between humans and racehorses.