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Heart of Stone: The Negotiator Trilogy, Book 1 | [C. E. Murphy]

Heart of Stone: The Negotiator Trilogy, Book 1

Okay, so jogging through Central Park after midnight wasn't a bright idea. But Margrit Knight never thought she'd encounter a dark new world filled with magical beings, not to mention a dying woman and a mysterious stranger with blood on his hands. Her logical, lawyer instincts told her it couldn't all be real, but she could hardly deny what she'd seen...and touched.
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What secrets lie shrouded in darkness?

Okay, so jogging through Central Park after midnight wasn't a bright idea. But Margrit Knight never thought she'd encounter a dark new world filled with magical beings, not to mention a dying woman and a mysterious stranger with blood on his hands. Her logical lawyer instincts told her it couldn't all be real, but she could hardly deny what she'd seen...and touched.

The mystery man, Alban, was a gargoyle. One of the fabled Old Races who had hidden their existence for centuries. Now he was a murder suspect, and he needed Margrit's help to take the heat off him and find the real killer. And as the dead pile up, it's a race against the sunrise to clear Alban's name and keep them both alive.

©2007 C. E. Murphy; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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    Deborah Houston, TX, United States 07-29-08
    Deborah Houston, TX, United States 07-29-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Entertaining if formulaic"

    Being a fan of the Anita Blake series, I thought I would give this book a try... It took me a little listening, but I started to enjoy the reader after a little bit... Yes, there's a lot of repetition in the writing but the story moved along enough to keep me interested... I recommend this for anyone who enjoys a lighter fantasy novel - one that is incorporated with a familiar environment (i.e. the US, New York, modern day, etc)... I've ordered the second book so you know it's entertaining enough to inspire caring in the characters.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-08-07
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    "Her best by far"

    While I liked both of C E Murphy's previous books quite a bit, they pale in comparison. Heart of Stone is a great addition to the urban legend genre. This book is fast paced and captures your attention from the very beginning. A lawyer and a gargoyle, what a great twist!!

    Lorna Harper
    Dallas Tx

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan owen sound, Ontario, Canada 05-06-09
    Jonathan owen sound, Ontario, Canada 05-06-09
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    "I liked it and hated it"

    For the most part I would say that it was worth the listen, and the credit. I enjoyed the Characters, the overall story and the narrator.

    That being said some of the parts in this book made me cringe the way the author describes things such as facial expressions is terrible, at times it felt like a bad TV movie with horrible actors. On top of that is the "romance" it seemed a bit forced and I actually thought at one point that the author is turned on by the idea of a massive gargoyle member... Crass I know but that's how I felt. I should state that the topic of the Gargoyles manliness is handled as tastefully as it possibly could be.

    I liked the story it was enjoyable, its characters engaging, and the narrator is superb. If you like fun supernatural stories then give it a shot as I said its worth the listen. Its not quite as good as the Dresden files by Jim Butcher, but until Audible gets all of that series its a fun alternative!

    There's a nice compliment sandwich.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Hilo, HI, USA 03-01-09
    Debra Hilo, HI, USA 03-01-09
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    "Interesting and Different"

    I love a bit of mystery with an unusual twist -- and abit of romance. The key being "abit" of romance --- no overt throbbing manhoods with heaving breasts!! I prefer romance, some sex and characters that think (as much as sci-fi//harlequin can)!! This book met my criteria-- I will follow through on the series.
    Entertaining!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Paige 11-22-11
    Paige 11-22-11 Member Since 2008
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    "I do not care about your run"

    If like me you are pretty sick of hearing about how much people love running, don't read this book.

    I'm not saying you shouldn't read a book about a heroine whose hobbies you do not share. Certainly I don't share the demon hunting or rock collecting hobbies of some other heroines that I have enjoyed.

    I'm also not saying you should not enjoy running. I hear it can be exhilarating, and exercise is good for you.

    But lets be honest, as a personality trait running is just not that interesting. Most people who run also do other things that form or describe their personality.

    But this chick is "a runner." Something happens to the heroine, and then you are treated to a several minute description of her going on a run. Conflict with bad guy, go for a run, win a case, go for a run. Run in shoes that are bad for you and jeans that are uncomfortable to run in and then talk about how running in them hurts but you just love running so much omg. Her love of running even contributes to her willingness to run headlong into stupid situations, which would almost be interesting if she didn't follow up her stupidity with another run.

    It just really wasn't interesting enough to keep my attention for so many reasons. Running is just the one I remember.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-20-11
    Melissa Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-20-11
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    "Long and repetitive"

    This is the first audio book I have not finished. The characters do things that are unrealistic which makes me drop any connection I might have felt with them. Yet somehow the story also manages to be incredibly boring. I am glad I got it when it was on the $5 list. I can't imagine paying full price or using a credit

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sumati Jackson, MS, United States 06-01-09
    Sumati Jackson, MS, United States 06-01-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Nice series"

    I really enjoyed this series! Had to get used to hearing 3rd person b/c most of the books I've been listening to (Southern Vampire Series, Anita Blake, The Hollows Series) were in 1st person. Book was kind of slow at first, but it definitely grew on me! I've recommended it to all my friends that like urban fantasy type books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    TCH 01-16-08
    TCH 01-16-08
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    "ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ"

    This is the lamest, slowest story ever. Things pop up that you've never heard of. Stupidity is rampant. Instead of just doing what a normal person would do the heroine just talks and talks and talks and eats a lot of yogurt. I counted at least three scenes already where she eats yogurt???? ARGH Don't torture yourself. Choose something else. Patricia Briggs maybe?

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel S. Palter Pelican Rapids MN 03-14-12
    Daniel S. Palter Pelican Rapids MN 03-14-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Fantastic twist on Urban Fantasy"

    Margrit (Grit) Knight's habit of taking nightly jogs through central park had always been dangerous, but she'd had no idea that there was someone, or something, watching her. With a rash of murders, young women killed in and around the park who all look a little like Margrit, that watcher steps fully into her life.

    But Alban Korund isn't human; he's a gargoyle. One of the five old races that still inhabit the planet, though one (the Selkies) are believed to have died out.

    Margrit is thrust into the midst of an investigation, torn between protecting Alban - who has been described/named as a suspect - and continuing her work as a public defender. Work that also puts her in a head to head situation with Daisani, a powerful man within the city of New York - who just happens to be a vampire, in order to prevent the destruction of a building where numerous squatters live.

    Her every day world is now filled with beings no one else apparently knows about. Gargoyles, Vampires, Selkies, Jinn, and Dragons - and with the murders continuing Grit must find the killer and protect Alban before she ends up in the morgue herself.

    A lovely twist on the urban fantasy/paranormal setting. I have to admit the narrator did a wonderful job, pulling me into the story each night.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Auburn, CA, United States 06-26-09
    Sara Auburn, CA, United States 06-26-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Blah"

    It started out interesting...then it just dragged on and on and I was not interested. I only finished it when I was waiting for my other credits to come in. Don't waste your time.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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