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Awards

2008 Edgar Award — Best Paperback Original

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A young woman hired to keep the books at a down-at-the-heels 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. Notoriously cunning and ruthless, Gloria shows her eager young protégée the ropes, ushering her into a glittering demimonde of late-night casinos, racetracks, betting parlors, 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. As the roulette wheel turns, both mentor and protégée scramble to stay one step ahead of their bosses and each other.

Review:

"Edgar-finalist Abbott (Die a Little) delivers a sharp, slender, hardboiled tale of a protg's schooling by a notorious, been-there-done-that moll. The first time the unnamed 22-year-old female narrator lays eyes on Gloria Denton, her first thought is "I want the legs." The setting is the Club Tee Hee, an indeterminate Las Vegas-L.A. nowhere where "the kid" is doing the mobbed-up books, and Gloria comes in every few weeks to count "Jerome's vig." The kid absorbs very entertaining lessons in how to dress, move, behave, and how to pick up, transport and distribute payoffs and winnings — until she falls for sweet-talking gambler Vic Riordan. Abbott is pitch-perfect throughout: Gloria Denton, still turning heads in her 40s, is as hard a moll as any, and the kid is a beautiful combination of foil and tool as she strives to emulate her role model. The collision, violent and inevitable, rips away the facade of glitz and glamour, and leaves their low-end edifice starkly exposed. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Acts of stunning brutality, all retold in the narrator's hipster voice, reveal the ugliness behind the glitz, as a little girl grows up. Abbott produces another stunning hardboiled heroine." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[N]oir's reigning crown princess delivers a royally entertaining rumination on toxic female friendships....[A] sleek, slick, seductive treat." Booklist

Review:

"Megan Abbott continues to be my absolute favorite new author." Lisa Scottoline, author of Dirty Blonde

Review:

"Quite a stunning achievement. With Queenpin, her third superb book, Megan Abbott proves beyond all doubt she is the new Queen of Noir." Ken Bruen, author of Priest and American Skin

Synopsis:

An Edgar nominee for Die a Little, Abbott's latest mystery puts a feminine twist on a classic story of underworld seduction.

Synopsis:

By the author of Dare Me and The End of Everything

A young woman hired to keep the books at a down-at-the-heels 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. Notoriously cunning and ruthless, Gloria shows her eager young protégée the ropes, ushering her into a glittering demimonde of late-night casinos, racetracks, betting parlors, 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. As the roulette wheel turns, both mentor and protégée scramble to stay one step ahead of their bosses and each other.

About the Author

Megan Abbott has taught literature, writing and film at New York University and the State University of New York at Oswego. Born in the Detroit area, she graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English Literature. She received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University in 2000, and in 2002 Palgrave Macmillan published her nonfiction study, The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir. She lives in New York City. Die a Little, her first novel, was nominated for a 2006 Edgar Award for Best First Novel and a 2006 Barry Award and Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Her third novel, Queenpin, won the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416534280
Author:
Abbott, Megan
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Organized crime
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Noir fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
The Fever; Dare Me; The End of Everything; Edgar award; Gillian Flynn; Tana French
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
June 5, 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 6.195 oz

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Product details 192 pages Simon and Schuster - English 9781416534280 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Edgar-finalist Abbott (Die a Little) delivers a sharp, slender, hardboiled tale of a protg's schooling by a notorious, been-there-done-that moll. The first time the unnamed 22-year-old female narrator lays eyes on Gloria Denton, her first thought is "I want the legs." The setting is the Club Tee Hee, an indeterminate Las Vegas-L.A. nowhere where "the kid" is doing the mobbed-up books, and Gloria comes in every few weeks to count "Jerome's vig." The kid absorbs very entertaining lessons in how to dress, move, behave, and how to pick up, transport and distribute payoffs and winnings — until she falls for sweet-talking gambler Vic Riordan. Abbott is pitch-perfect throughout: Gloria Denton, still turning heads in her 40s, is as hard a moll as any, and the kid is a beautiful combination of foil and tool as she strives to emulate her role model. The collision, violent and inevitable, rips away the facade of glitz and glamour, and leaves their low-end edifice starkly exposed. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Acts of stunning brutality, all retold in the narrator's hipster voice, reveal the ugliness behind the glitz, as a little girl grows up. Abbott produces another stunning hardboiled heroine."
"Review" by , "[N]oir's reigning crown princess delivers a royally entertaining rumination on toxic female friendships....[A] sleek, slick, seductive treat."
"Review" by , "Megan Abbott continues to be my absolute favorite new author."
"Review" by , "Quite a stunning achievement. With Queenpin, her third superb book, Megan Abbott proves beyond all doubt she is the new Queen of Noir."
"Synopsis" by , An Edgar nominee for Die a Little, Abbott's latest mystery puts a feminine twist on a classic story of underworld seduction.
"Synopsis" by , By the author of Dare Me and The End of Everything

A young woman hired to keep the books at a down-at-the-heels 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. Notoriously cunning and ruthless, Gloria shows her eager young protégée the ropes, ushering her into a glittering demimonde of late-night casinos, racetracks, betting parlors, 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. As the roulette wheel turns, both mentor and protégée scramble to stay one step ahead of their bosses and each other.

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