The Song Is You by Megan Abbott
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By the author of Dare Me and The End of Everything

On October 7, 1949, dark-haired starlet Jean Spangler kissed her five-year-old daughter good-bye and left for a night shoot at a Hollywood studio. "Wish me luck," she said as she crossed her fingers, winked, and walked away. She was never seen again. The only clues left behind: a purse with a broken strap found in a nearby park, a cryptic note, and rumors about mobster boyfriends and ill-fated romances with movie stars.

Drawing on this true-life missing person case, Megan Abbott’s The Song Is You tells the story of Gil "Hop" Hopkins, a smooth-talking Hollywood publicist whose career, despite his complicated personal life, is on the rise. It is 1951, two years after Jean Spangler’s disappearance, and Hop finds himself unwillingly drawn into the still unsolved mystery by a friend of Jean who blames Hop for concealing details about Jean’s whereabouts the night she vanished. Driven by guilt and fear of blackmail, Hop delves into the case himself, feverishly trying to stay one step ahead of an intrepid female reporter also chasing the story. Hop thought he’d seen it all, but what he uncovers both tantalizes and horrifies him as he plunges deeper and deeper into Hollywood’s substratum in his attempt to uncover the truth.

In the tradition of James Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia and Joyce Carol Oates’s Blonde, The Song Is You conjures a heady brew of truth and speculation, of fact and pulp fiction, taking the reader on a dark tour of Tinseltown, from movie studios, gala premieres, and posh nightclubs to gangsters, blackmailing B-girls, and the darkest secrets that lie behind Hollywood’s luminous façade. At the center of it all is Hop, a man torn between cutthroat ambition and his own best intentions.
 

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 January 9, 2007 by Simon & Schuster. 260 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But Abbott has her own voice, avoiding the genre’s macho conventions to evoke the young women who live “in a gasp of tension.” With abundant style and a tight, convincing story, Abbott provides a retro thrill ride that transcends its dated roots.

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Hop was with Spangler, a stunner but a second-rate acting talent, the last night she was seen, and harbors guilt over leaving her in the company of a famous acting and singing duo, Marv Sutton and Gene Merrel, who have a reputation for rough play.

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Emulating hardboiled lingo to a T, Megan Abbott traces the strange circumstances surrounding actress and B-girl Jean Spangler, who disappeared from Los Angeles in 1949.

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A whisper in the ear reminding you, 'Merry Lake’s Waiting for You.'” Page 1 — Page 2 — Page 3

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Combining echoes of Chandler's Little Sister, Abbott entwines such real-life personalities as bombshell Barbara Payton (and her failed romances with Franchot Tone and Tom Neal), and aspiring actress Elizabeth Short (turned into the sad celebrity 'The Black Dahlia' due to her macabre murder): "Jea...

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Contrasting to the more classicist approach of the 'Czar of Noir' Eddie Muller (author of The Distance, one of my favorite crime novels, in which his indefatigable San Francisco sportswriter Billy Nichols tries to protect the heavyweight boxer Hack Escalante), Abbott's style, although nailing the...

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In the vein of the Black Dahlia case, Megan Abbott takes a real missing persons case and weaves a story around it, in her sophomore novel THE SONG IS YOU.

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