Die A Little Lora King, the prim narrator of Abbott's self-conscious debut novel Die A Little , doesn't like her brother's new wife, Alice, one little bit. Sexy,… Die A Little Lora King, the prim narrator of Abbott's self-conscious debut novel Die A Little , doesn't like her brother's new wife, Alice, one little bit. Sexy,… Mystery and Thriller Simon & Schuster
Book Review

Die A Little

EW's GRADE
B

Details Writer: Megan Abbott; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Lora King, the prim narrator of Abbott's self-conscious debut novel Die A Little, doesn't like her brother's new wife, Alice, one little bit. Sexy, dramatic, and dark, Alice has unsavory friends, erratic bursts of energy, and, after four martinis, ''the eyes of a death mask, rotting behind the gleaming facade.'' Then Lora finds a picture of Alice on the front of a playing card — in a garter, fondling another woman's breasts. Set in 1950s Los Angeles, this arty noir exercise has some wonderfully depraved twists, but Abbott never achieves the momentum and black poetry of the genre's masters, like the peerless James M. Cain.

Originally posted Feb 14, 2005 Published in issue #807 Feb 18, 2005 Order article reprints
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