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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,237 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judy Blundell Narrator: Emma Galvin Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Kit Corrigan arrives in New York City, she doesn’t have much. She’s fled from her family in Providence, Rhode Island, and she’s broken off her tempestuous relationship with a boy named Billy, who’s enlisted in the army.

The city doesn’t exactly welcome her with open arms. She gets a bit part as a chorus girl in a Broadway show, but she knows that’s not going to last very long. She needs help, and then it comes, from an unexpected source.

Nate Benedict is Billy’s father. He’s also a lawyer involved in the mob. He makes Kit a deal, he’ll give her an apartment and introduce her to a new crowd. All she has to do is keep him informed about Billy, and maybe do him a favor every now and then.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “National Book Award–winner Blundell delivers a brilliantly conceived novel set against the backdrop of the 1950 Kefauver mob hearings and the Red Scare with a story of redemption and truth at its core.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “National Book Award–winner Blundell successfully constructs a complex web of intrigue.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Blundell is a master of the literary slow build, and her emotive yet sober style is reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s in The Great Gatsby.

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Evoking the glamour, grit, and gusto of the era, Blundell has produced a compelling narrative with well-crafted characters who bring different ambitions, fears, and memories toward tragic collisions.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Judy Blundell follows her 2008 National Book Award winner, What I Saw and How I Lied, with an intense young-adult mystery cut from the same midcentury-noir cloth but, if possible, even more intricately stitched.”

    Washington Post

  • One of 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens
  • Selected for the Spring 2011 Kids' Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ms. Wolicki Librarian | 2/20/2014

    " Much love for Judy Blundell's completely unique YA noir style. This time our heroine, in NYC trying to make a name for herself as a dancer, has to decide if she should get ahead with the help of her ex-boyfriend's gangster-affiliated father, and what to do about her past. Fifteen kinds of awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Beth | 1/17/2014

    " This book is about a young, stunning, innocent girl with dreams of show business who gets tangled up with the mob. Despite the fact that the book was a tad slow in places, overall it was an engaging, exciting read. I could totally see this book being turned into a movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Yasmeens | 1/17/2014

    " AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even though it was a little confusing because there was different storys but it all came together in the end!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME BOOK(ONCE AGAIN) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jen Petro-Roy | 12/30/2013

    " I LOVED this one. Judy Blundell is a master at creating atmosphere. I really felt as if I was in 1950s New York City with Kit, striving to become a Broadway dancer, desperately trying to extricate myself from the ties of skeevy Nate Benedict. Beautifully written and highly recommended. "

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About the Author
Author Judy Blundell

Judy Blundell is the National Book Award–winning author of  What I Saw and How I Lied. As Jude Watson, she is the author of several titles in the New York Times bestselling 39 Clues series, as well as the bestselling Star Wars: Last of the Jedi and Jedi Quest series. She lives in Katonah, New York.