The Worth of a Ruby

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Published by: Atmosphere Press
Release Date: November 1st 2023
Pages: 214
ISBN13: 979-8-89132-058-1


A priceless Burmese ruby leads Mallory Jones on a journey from the remote hills of Burma to the swelter of Bangkok in search of redemption.

It’s 1995 and Mallory Jones, a Seattle chef, embarks on an adventurous journey to Rangoon, Burma, in pursuit of a dream project. Immersed in a foreign world of beauty, stifling heat and political turmoil, Mallory's life takes an unexpected turn when she befriends a British diplomat and a charismatic French gem dealer, unwittingly becoming entangled in a treacherous plot to steal a priceless Burmese ruby. Haunted by her traumatic childhood, Mallory must confront her own capacity for violence and deceit, all while clinging to the elusive hope of a new beginning.

In The Worth of a Ruby readers are transported to the mesmerizing landscapes of Southeast Asia where a priceless ruby becomes a powerful metaphor for the protagonist's journey of self-discovery. Can Mallory finally free herself from the trauma of her past? Or will those demons destroy her forever? The story is a riveting exploration of the human psyche and the search for one's true worth. This captivating novel weaves together elements of mystery, suspense, and personal transformation, leaving readers pondering the true value of the ruby of the heart.


The Worth of a Ruby is a powerful, mesmerizing story of three broken and desperate expats who wash up in Rangoon, Burma in 1995. Against the backdrop of the country’s decaying sights and haunting sounds, intoxicating scents, and stultifying monsoon heat, Mallory Jones and her compatriots rush headlong into the dangerous jungles that crisscross the country—all under the watchful eye of the authoritarian regime. A breathtaking read!”
Jeannée Sacken, author of the award-winning Behind the Lens and Double Exposure