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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (510 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Megan Abbott Narrator: Ellen Archer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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How does a respectable young woman fall into Los Angeles’ 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.

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  • “Ellen Archer takes Megan Abbott’s stylish exercise in noir and delivers a dynamite performance.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jack Bates | 2/12/2014

    " The first read of an Abbott novel- I found it by accident in my local public library and was hooked by the cover image. Yepped, I made my judgement right then and there. I was hooked forever on her works after that. Great twisted tale of envy, jealousy, and skewed family norms. Won't disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Denise | 2/9/2014

    " Beautifully written, nice descriptions. Not your average mystery book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Trish | 2/6/2014

    " Fast-paced female-centric noir in which a new sister-in-law exposes a schoolteacher to the seamier side of Hollywood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Corey | 2/4/2014

    " Megan Abbott must be James Cain's daughter. "

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