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Die a Little

de Megan Abbott

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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."Ellen Archer takes Meghan Abbott's stylish exercise in noir and delivers a dynamite performance." -AudioFile Magazine… (mais)
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I just finished reading this, my first Megan Abbott, and it is still running through my veins. I love the thrill of a great book, and this delivered all. It is pulp with literary quality, entertaining with an old 1950’s detective paperback vibe. It fits into this “female noir” category that I am still trying to define for myself, but that I think it is my new love in fiction genre. ( )
  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
The racy cover with it’s exaggerated tag line could easily lead one to believe that Die A Little by Megan Abbott actually is a 1950s pulp thriller, but this is actually a modern written noir story that has captured the flavor of the sleazy side of 1950s Hollywood.

Schoolteacher Lora is dismayed at the woman her brother has chosen to marry. Alice is a show-stopping, knowledgeable firecracker of a woman. Lora does not trust her and as she gets to know her and sees a bit of where she came from, her uneasiness grows. Yes, Lora comes across as slightly jealous and obsessed with her brother, but that only adds to the air of corruption that surrounds this story. Alice comes from the underbelly of Hollywood, having worked as a wardrobe assistant, but it is her shady past that she seems to be dragging Lora into.

Megan Abbott excels at writing noir and this book, her debut novel, has captured the darkness that gives this story it’s edge. A story of drugs, prostitutes and murder with tough guys and even tougher dames, Die A Little, was an enjoyable read that gives us more than a hint of what is to come from this author. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Apr 10, 2021 |
This book takes forever to get anywhere, which is pretty unforgivable for this genre. The narrator is the sister of a police detective working for the LA DA's office, who becomes suspicious of the background of his new wife, whom he met when she ran her car into his. The lack of real characterization is a severe problem here, as we don't get a lot of insight into anyone other than the wife, who is some sort of model 1950s (when this is set) housewife who can decorate for a party and whip up a few dozen dishes in a jiffy. She even gets a job teaching home economics at the same high school as the narrator! It's all a bit too much. But the author does excel at these domestic details. There is certainly a mystery here, and I managed to listen to my audiobook version (well read) until the end. The pace does heat up and things actually happen. But it is all much too unbelievable and poorly plotted. It is hard to care. And not so easy to enjoy, either. This is the first novel I've read (or listened to) by Abbott. I know she is well respected. I assume it must getter better! ( )
  datrappert | Mar 14, 2020 |
One of several "noir" novels. A skilled writer but didn't care for the "chick lit" perspective. And the ending was bad - didn't tie up even a fraction of what was going on. Probably won't read others. ( )
  rwt42 | Mar 26, 2017 |
I don't normally choose "modern noir" or "hardboiled" books, but I read a story by Megan Abbott in a collection (In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper) and liked that story enough to try one of her books. Die A Little was written well, I could "see" it in my mind and I liked the characters. It was a pretty fast read and enjoyable enough that I will try another of Abbott's books. ( )
  PeggyK49 | Feb 23, 2017 |
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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."Ellen Archer takes Meghan Abbott's stylish exercise in noir and delivers a dynamite performance." -AudioFile Magazine

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