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Heart of Stone (Negotiator Trilogy-Old Races Universe -1)

Heart of Stone (Negotiator Trilogy/Old Races Universe #1)

Negotiator Trilogy by C. E. Murphy.

Genres and Sub-GenresEdit

Urban Fantasy

Series Description or Overview Edit

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. ~ Goodreads | Heart of Stone

Lead's Species Edit

  • Lawyer, human

Primary Supe Edit

  • Gargoyles, Old Ones

What Sets it ApartEdit

Narrative Type and Narrators Edit

  • Third person narrative.

Books in Series Edit

Negotiator series:

  1. Heart Of Stone (2007)
  2. House of Cards (2008)
  3. Hands Of Flame (2008)

Shorts, Anthologies and GuidesEdit

Prequels

  • 0.1. The Old Races: Origins
  • 0.2. The Old Races: Year of Miracles
  • 0.3. The Old Races: Aftermath
  • Baba Yaga's Daughter & Other Tales of the Old Races ~ Collection of shorts

Other Series and Writings Edit

World Building Edit

Settings Edit

  • New York
  • London

Places:

  • Central Park
  • Blue Room
  • Ausra

Supernatural Elements Edit

✥ Gargoyle, Old Races, Selkies, Dragons, Vampires, djinn, supe mob,

Glossary: Edit

  • Old Races: hidden their existence for centuries;

Groups & Organizations:Edit

World Edit

✥ Main character. She's a lawyer works at Legal aid. Likes to run everyday after sundown in Central Park

Protagonist Edit

✥ Our protag isn't beautiful (well, she probably is; they all are), she isn't strong physically, mentally, psychically, or magically (although she has some cojones and she's in good shape as a runner). She's a lawyer, though, and her strength is being a negotiator who doesn't back down from a verbal fight and knows how to keep her fights verbal. She faces down dragons because she knows the dragon wants something from her client and she knows her client has it; she's there to deal and she acts like she has the winning hand even when she doesn't. She deals with murderers, arsonists, deadbeat dads, vile slumlords, and politically-minded rival attorneys on a daily basis. When she's facing a vampire and hasn't been killed immediately, she starts looking for the negotiating edge. The main character isn't tough-as-brass the whole time, fortunately. She has a complicated and conflicted relationship with her on-again/off-again boyfriend, some angst about her choice of job and some fear that it's a reaction to her race and her parents (she's from an upstate upper-middle-class black family and she works at Legal Aid), she's terrified of the beings she's dealing with, she isn't certain that her "client" is the good guy, and she has a lot to prove to herself about her ability to take care of herself--which comes out as the brinksmanship and risk-taking that drives the story. ~ Goodreads | Seth

Sidekick Edit

  • Name: / What: / Sidekick-to: / About: / Book First Seen:

Characters Chart Edit

Characters resource: The Negotiator Trilogy Series  ~ Shelfari

Characters What About
"Grit", Margrit Knight Legal aid lawyer
Alban Korund gargoyle, Old Race Main suspect of Central Park's crime. Wants help from Margrit, claims he's not the one who commited the crime
Tony Pulcella Homicide Detective Margrit's off-again lover according to Cole
Cole chef Margrit's roommate
Cameron Cole's fiancée Works at the gym as a Physical Trainer
Russell Lomax Margrit's boss
Luka Johnson former client Used to be one of Margrit's clients. She was given a twenty-year sentence, allowed to meet with her daugther once a week with supervision
Nereida Holmes Witness Central Park Attack crime
McLaughlin Detective
Jason Webster Sketch Artist detective's office
Holly Perry Reporter Channel Three
Jenks crime lord Possible crime lord
Cara Young mother comes to Magrit for help when it looks like her building is going to be torn down.
Deirdre baby Cara's baby

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Author Edit

C.E. Murphy

Bio: C.E. Murphy is a writer of fantasy novels and short stories. She also writes "action-adventure romance" novels under the pseudonym Cate Dermody, which was her grandmother's maiden name. ~ Goodreads

Cover ArtistEdit

Artist: Chris McGrath — source: Bibliography: Cover: Heart of Stone

Awards Edit

Publishing InformationEdit

  • Publisher: Luna
  • Author Page:
  • Bk-1: Paperback, 416 pages, Pub: Sept 1-2008, ISBN-0373802706

Book Cover Blurbs Edit

BOOK ONE BLURB—Heart of Stone: 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. ~ Goodreads | Heart of Stone

BOOK TWO BLURB—House of Cards (2008): Margrit is summoned to negotiate a peace treaty amongst rival factions in the Old Races, but even as she does so, her own mortal world threatens to fall apart. Caught between a ruthless vampire mobster, a dragonlord who won’t take no for an answer, a group of subversive selkies, she finds herself alone—because the gargoyle who brought her into their world won’t return her calls. ~ Goodreads | Hands of Flame (Negotiator Trilogy/Old Races Universe #3)

BOOK THREE BLURB—Hands of Flame (2008): War has erupted among the five Old Races, and Margrit is responsible for the death that caused it. Now New York City's most unusual lawyer finds herself facing her toughest negotiation yet. And with her gargoyle lover, Alban, taken prisoner, Margrit's only allies: a dragon bitter about his fall, a vampire determined to hold his standing at any cost and a mortal detective with no idea what he's up against—have demands of their own. Determined to rescue Alban and torn between conflicting loyalties as the battle seeps into the human world, Margrit soon realizes the only way out is through the fire. ~ Goodreads | Hands of Flame (Negotiator Trilogy/Old Races Universe #3)

First Sentences Edit

  1. Heart Of Stone (2007) — SHE RAN, LONG strides that ate the pavement despite her diminutive height.
  2. House of Cards (2008) — Humans would call it a catch-22.
  3. Hands Of Flame (2008) — Night+mares drover her out of bead to run.

Quotes Edit

Read Alikes (similar elements) Edit

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Dragons:

General:

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Awards Edit

Trivia Edit

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Notes Edit

See Also Edit

Category links at bottom of page

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