Re-released to coincide with Abbott’s newest novel, Dare Me, this eBook edition of Queenpin also includes the original short story, "Policy," that the novel was based on.
A young woman hired to keep the books at a down-at-the-heels nightclub is taken under the wing of the infamous Gloria Denton, a mob luminary who reigned during the Golden Era of Bugsy Siegel and Lucky Luciano. Notoriously cunning and ruthless, Gloria shows her eager young protégée the ropes, ushering her into a glittering demimonde of late-night casinos, racetracks, betting parlors, inside heists, and big, big money. Suddenly, the world is at her feet--as long as she doesn't take any chances, like falling for the wrong guy. As the roulette wheel turns, both mentor and protégée scramble to stay one step ahead of their bosses and each other.
Edgar-finalist Abbott (Die a Little) delivers a sharp, slender, hardboiled tale of a prot g 's schooling by a notorious, been-there-done-that moll. The first time the unnamed 22-year-old female narrator lays eyes on Gloria Denton, her first thought is "I want the legs." The setting is the Club Tee Hee, an indeterminate Las Vegas L.A. nowhere where "the kid" is doing the mobbed-up books, and Gloria comes in every few weeks to count "Jerome's vig." The kid absorbs very entertaining lessons in how to dress, move, behave, and how to pick up, transport and distribute payoffs and winnings until she falls for sweet-talking gambler Vic Riordan. Abbott is pitch-perfect throughout: Gloria Denton, still turning heads in her 40s, is as hard a moll as any, and the kid is a beautiful combination of foil and tool as she strives to emulate her role model. The collision, violent and inevitable, rips away the facade of glitz and glamour, and leaves their low-end edifice starkly exposed.
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What a ripoff!
$10.99 for 192 pages?! I'm so sick of iBooks and their 10 installments of 1 book. This is upfront, at least. I'd rather use $30.00 in gas to find this at a library or thrift store. Unfortunately, I can't read old books, the smell makes me sick. AND so does this price gouging!
Best of Breed
Megan Abbott can write. Her subject may not have what you’d call elevation, but she takes it to a pretty high level.