Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Pure Noir

Queenpin by Megan Abbott

I almost didn’t pick up Megan Abbotts Queenpin. I’d heard an interview with her a couple of years ago and been inspired to pick up a copy of her first book… The Song is You, and wasn’t all that impressed…. However after running across a clip of her reading from Queenpin on Youtube I was inspired to check it out of my library. I am so glad I did, it’s radiates that pure Noir rhythm, and feel. I could almost hear the Jazz, and taste the cocktails as I devoured the book. It’s the story of a small time gal, who is plucked from the trenches of low level casino grind and becomes the right hand of the local organization runner. Soon she is also involved with a louse of a man, one that has her number and gets her hips twitching…. And it’s all a foot from there. I really like the sound and the tone, I love the feel of the book, and I can’t wait to check out what ever Abbott has for us next… hell I might even go back and check out The Song is You again, or her second book Die a Little.

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