Cover artwork ©2020 by Caren Thomas, Bus Stop Design
Rock god Kevin Cosgrove is dying, about to be unplugged from a drug-related coma. Before he shot up for the last time, he left a will of sorts, bequeathing everything to "the real Ruby Deuce": the inspiration behind his band Cause for Alarm's #1 single, and a mystery that has baffled music lovers for 20 years.
Vertical Records reaches out to James Thurber, aka Jimmy Thunder -- Kevin's former compadre in power chords, and one of the few bridges to the past Kevin didn't burn. Having turned his back on the music industry a decade earlier, Jimmy is reluctant to get involved. But he eventually agrees to hunt for Ruby Deuce... for a price.
At the hospital on Kevin's dying day, Jimmy meets D.L., a young fan holding a vigil of one for her fallen idol. Once the final notes of Kevin's song fall silent, Jimmy sets out on his enigmatic quest, allowing D.L. to tag along.
They quickly discover that someone is hunting them -- someone who knows the truth about Ruby Deuce, and wants her secret to stay buried. But as Jimmy and D.L. continue on their mission, more secrets are revealed -- with intimate truths pulling these strangers closer.
The question becomes, can they locate Ruby Deuce before their stalker takes action to stop them once and for all?