Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott
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By the author of Dare Me and The End of Everything

In October 1931, a station agent found two large trunks abandoned in Los Angeles’s Southern Pacific Station. What he found inside ignited one of the most scandalous tabloid sensations of the decade.

Inspired by this notorious true crime, Edgar®-winning author Megan Abbott’s novel Bury Me Deep is the story of Marion Seeley, a young woman abandoned in Phoenix by her doctor husband. At the medical clinic where she finds a job, Marion becomes fast friends with Louise, a vivacious nurse, and her roommate, Ginny, a tubercular blonde. Before long, the demure Marion is swept up in the exuberant life of the girls, who supplement their scant income by entertaining the town’s most powerful men with wild parties. At one of these events, Marion meets—and falls hard for—the charming Joe Lanigan, a local rogue and politician on the rise, whose ties to all three women bring events to a dangerous collision.

A story born of Jazz Age decadence and Depression-era desperation, Bury Me Deep—with its hothouse of jealousy, illicit sex and shifting loyalties—is a timeless portrait of the dark side of desire and the glimmer of redemption.

About Megan Abbott

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Megan Abbott is the Edgar Award-winning author of five previous novels. She received her Ph.D. in literature from New York University and has taught literature, writing, and film at NYU, the New School, and SUNY-Oswego. She lives in New York City.
Published June 30, 2009 by Simon & Schuster. 257 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Working once more (as in The Song is You, 2007) from a true crime, the infamous Brighton Trunk Murders of 1934, Edgar-winner Abbott brings the era to life, inhabiting the “bright-eyed and twitchy-tailed” party girls in all their enthusiasm and desperation.

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If you have never read the work of Megan Abbott, do yourself a favor and get a copy of BURY ME DEEP right now.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Abbott kindly gives you a good deal of information about it in her Author's Note at the end, and unfortunately real life trumped the novel, at least for me - it had a bittersweet quality that was perfectly flavored - the taste of true noir.

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And about her husband, wracked with grief and guilt about her crimes, Seeley says, "He told of a day and a night spent in joints, judas holes, low-down nighteries and barrel houses, trailing the wastrels on Thaler Avenue and Gideon Square.

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Less than four years after her wedding day, Marion Seeley’s husband ensconced her in Phoenix, Arizona while he took a job at a mining company in Mexico.

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