Die A Little

Die A Little

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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Shadow-dodging through the glamorous world of 1950s Hollywood and its seedy flip side, Die a little is a gem of the darkest hue. This ingenious twist on a classic noir tale tells the story of Lora King, a schoolteacher, and her brother Bill, a junior investigator with the district attorney's office. Lora's comfortable, suburban life is jarringly disrupted when Bill falls in love with a mysterious young woman named Alice Steele, a Hollywood wardrobe assistant with a murky past.Spurred on by inconsistencies in Alice's personal history and possibly jealous of Alice's hold on her brother, Lora finds herself lured into the dark alleys and mean streets of seamy Los Angeles.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Media ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2011, 2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781400121519
Characteristics: 1 online resource (6 hr., 37 min.) : digital

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mvkramer Aug 19, 2015

I realize it's a traditional part of the noir style for people to have long, unrealistic monologues but I found myself yelling "no one talks like that!" at my phone every few minutes. I expected a fast-moving mystery and got chapter after chapter of buildup, where Lora describes in detail all the dishes her sister-in-law is buying. Also, the reader's voice does this story no favors - it's flat, crisp, and sounds older than the protagonist is supposed to be. A shame, really - I love Megan Abbott's short stories.

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