7 June 2010
Review: BURY ME DEEP, Megan Abbott
From the back of the book:
In October 1931, a station agent found two large trunks abandoned in Los Angeles' Southern Pacific Station. What he found inside ignited one of the most scandalous tabloid sensations of the decade.
BURY ME DEEP is a story of naivete, of corruption, and of drug addiction.
Marion Seeley is left on her own in Phoenix by her husband who goes off to Mexico to simultaneously overcome his own drug addiction and to make his fortune. Marion, who really knows very little of the seamier side of life, goes to work at a medical clinic and is befriended by Louise and her roommate Ginny. Ginny is dying from TB and her treatments are expensive. To pay for them (and to live the "high life") Louise entertains powerful men with wild parties. She introduces Marion to Joe Lanigan, local politician, and as corrupt as they come. From that point on Marion's future spirals downwards.
BURY ME DEEP is an appalling story told so authentically that in the end you just can't believe what happened to Marion.The tension continues to build right into the final pages.
My rating : 4.7
BURY ME DEEP has been nominated for a number of awards, the latest is the shortlisting for an Anthony Award for best Paperback Original.
Find out more about awards and nominations on Megan Abbott's website.
Author Megan Abbott admits that the novel is heavily based on a real story- she tells the reader thatat the end of the book - and you can read about it on The Rap Sheet.
Megan Abbott won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award in 2008 for Queenpin. She was also nominated for an Edgar in 2006 for Best First Novel. In 2008, she won the Barry Award (Deadly Pleasures and Mystery News award) and has been nominated three times for the Anthony Award (Bouchercon World Mystery Convention award).
Megan Abbott's novels
Die a Little (2005)
The Song Is You (2007)
Bury Me Deep (2009)