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Title Die a Little
Book Condition Very Good+
Publisher Simon & Schuster 2005
0743261704 / 9780743261708
Seller ID 14276
By the author of "Dare Me" and "The End of Everything"
""Femmes fatales. Obsessive love. Double crosses. How does a respectable young woman fall into Los Angeles s hard-boiled underworld?
Shadow-dodging through the glamorous world of 1950s Hollywood and its seedy flip side, Megan Abbott s debut, "Die a Little, " is a gem of the darkest hue. This ingenious twist on a classic noir tale tells the story of Lora King, a schoolteacher, and her brother Bill, a junior investigator with the district attorney s office. Lora s comfortable, suburban life is jarringly disrupted when Bill falls in love with a mysterious young woman named Alice Steele, a Hollywood wardrobe assistant with a murky past.
Made sisters by marriage but not by choice, the bond between Lora and Alice is marred by envy and mistrust. Spurred on by inconsistencies in Alice s personal history and possibly jealous of Alice s hold on her brother, Lora finds herself lured into the dark alleys and mean streets of seamy Los Angeles. Assuming the role of amateur detective, she uncovers a shadowy world of drugs, prostitution, and ultimately, murder.
Lora's fascination with Alice s "sins" increases in direct proportion to the escalation of her own relationship with Mike Standish, a charmingly amoral press agent who appears to know more about his old friend Alice than he reveals. The deeper Lora digs to uncover Alice s secrets, the more her own life begins to resemble Alice s sinister past and present.
Steeped in atmospheric suspense and voyeuristic appeal, "Die a Little" shines as a dark star among Hollywood lights.