I've been meaning to read Megan Abbott for several years now. If you're not familiar with her books, she writes 1950's era pulp noir mysteries. I'd read great reviews everywhere I looked, and my expectations only got higher when I read her biography on the book cover:
Megan Abbott has taught literature, writing and film at New York University and the State University of New York at Oswego. 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.
Amazing, no? Astute in literature, film and gender studies, Abbott is the perfect author for this genre. The 1950's have so many fascinating gender subtexts, and Abbott boldly explores them in Die a Little. It's a great book in so many ways: it's a mystery you can't wait to finish, a brilliant character study, an intriguing look at 1950's Los Angeles and the movie studios, and a beautifully written novel.
I loved it, and I won't wait nearly so long to read Abbott's other two books.
Rating: 3 stars (loved it)