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.
The story was drown on with little in the actual way of story. The ending seems superfluous; why not just end it at the track, why continue to drag it on? Ruby overall was underdeveloped and started as a character with sarcastic pessimism but became the lack luster did with no personality. We were beaten over the head with the introvert animal lover role. It was very straight forwards.
In regards to the performance, it was fine. I truly do not understand why some of the characters, particular Tobias, had to talk so slow. It gave the reader an impression that he was cognitively impaired. Reading speed and articulation was good.