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Megan Abbott is an award-winning author of noir fiction including Queenpin and Bury Me Deep (nominated for the 2010 Edgar Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize). Her most recent novel, The End of Everything, was a 2011 Richard and Judy selection. Born in the Detroit area, she now lives in Queens, New York City.
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May 2012 Book of the Month. Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012. CWA Judges' comment: “Dark, edgy and gripping. Characters drawn with startling flaws and humanity and a narrative that keeps you guessing.” The Lovereading view... Following on from her Richard and Judy selected title, The End of Everything, is this dark dangerous coming of age story set among a fiercely competitive cheerleading squad who are driven to win at any cost by a new coach. The mix of the allure of adulthood and teenage sexuality in American suburbia is a potent one and if you enjoyed Donna Tartt's The Secret History then Dare Me should be on your reading list.
A young woman hired to keep the books at a down-at-heel nightclub is taken under the wing of the infamous Gloria Denton, a mob luminary who reigned during the Golden Era of Bugsy Siegel and Lucky Luciano. The moll to end all molls, Gloria is notoriously cunning and ruthless. She shows her eager young protegeethe ropes, ushering her into a glittering whirl of late-night casinos, racetracks, betting parlours, inside heists and big, big money. Suddenly, the world is at her feet -- as long as she doesn't take any chances, like falling for the wrong guy. It all falls to pieces with a few turns of the roulette wheel, as both mentor and protegee scramble to stay one step ahead of their bosses and each other. In the tradition of hardboiled potboilers such as Double Indemnityand The Griftersand mob tales such as Goodfellas, Queenpinoffers a feminine twist on a classic story of underworld seduction and greed, or tortured loyalty and inevitable betrayal.
In October 1931, a station agent found two large trunks abandoned in LA's South Pacific Train Station. What he found inside ignited one of the most scandalous tabloid sensations of the decade. Inspired by this notorious true crime, Bury Me Deep is the story of Marion Seeley, a young woman abandoned in Phoenix by her husband. At the medical clinic where she finds a job, Marion becomes fast friends with Louise, a vivacious nurse, and her roommate, Ginny. Before long, the demure Marion is swept up in the exuberant life of the girls, who supplement their scant income by entertaining the town's most powerful men with wild parties. At one of these events, Marion meets-and falls hard for-the charming Joe Lanigan, a local rogue and politician on the rise, whose ties to all three women bring events to a dramatic and deadly collision. A story born of Depression-era desperation and Jazz Age nostalgia, Bury Me Deep - with its hothouse of jealousy, illicit sex, and shifting loyalties - is a timeless portrait of the dark side of desire.