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Megan E. Abbott
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4 July 2009
In October 1931, a station agent found two large trunks abandoned in LA's South Pacific Train Station. What he found inside ignited one of the most scandalous tabloid sensations of the decade. Inspired by this notorious true crime, Bury Me Deep is the story of Marion Seeley, a young woman abandoned in Phoenix by her husband. At the medical clinic where she finds a job, Marion becomes fast friends with Louise, a vivacious nurse, and her roommate, Ginny. Before long, the demure Marion is swept up in the exuberant life of the girls, who supplement their scant income by entertaining the town's most powerful men with wild parties. At one of these events, Marion meets-and falls hard for-the charming Joe Lanigan, a local rogue and politician on the rise, whose ties to all three women bring events to a dramatic and deadly collision. A story born of Depression-era desperation and Jazz Age nostalgia, Bury Me Deep-with its hothouse of jealousy, illicit sex, and shifting loyalties-is a timeless portrait of the dark side of desire.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (4 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184739633X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847396334
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Megan Abbott was born in the Detroit area, and has taught literature, writing and film at universities in New York. She lives in New York City. Visit her website at www.meganabbott.com

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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 out of 5 stars - Well worth reading. 2 Aug 2009
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I love Megan Abbott and I waited for this book to be released. I was not disappointed but I didn't enjoy it as much as Die A Little or Queenpin. Maybe it's because I think that there were a few too many similarities in some of the descriptions here especially to the ones involving sex in Queenpin! I had a sense of De Ja Vu. This book is based on a true story and that's always a risky idea but Megan Abbott does carry it off well. The ending is a little unrealistic and seems to be what Abbott would have liked to happen rather than what the character could realisticaly have ever achieved. She goes from being incredibly naive to very able and savvy and it seems so unlikely. That said I think Megan Abbott creates believable characters on the whole and gives a very good picture and understanding of the era. I would still highly recommend this book but make sure you read her others too. She truly is an exceptional author.
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By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Bury Me Deep is inspired by the notorious 1931 `trunk murders' crime. It follows certain factual aspects of that story to frame the narrative, but the story itself is fiction and the ending is substantially different. There is plenty to like about the book, but the real strengths for me are the prose, the pace, the character development, and the plotting. Abbott is clearly something of a wordsmith and the prose is very nicely written. The pace is even and relenting, where it could have been rushed. This I think allows the story and characters to develop and the rationale for the crime that occurs about three fifths into the story to become clear. The characters are all well penned, especially the three lead women and their developing relationship, and the plot is well constructed with a good sense of historical detail. The only thing that seemed to be missing for me was a strong sense of place and geography. I had to keep reminding myself that it was set in Phoenix. I just got no real sense of the town or its landscape or indeed its social organisation and people beyond there being a group of important men that ran the place. As a result, the book felt a little decontextualized, reduced to the relationships between the four main characters and the distant Dr Seeley. Nevertheless, this is superior crime fiction and is well worth checking out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another stellar performance 29 Feb 2012
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I found and read Abbott's first three novels a couple of years ago or so, and was utterly hooked by the quality of the writing and the imagination alike. "Bury Me Deep" is fully up to the very high standard set by those three. is it pastiche? Well maybe a bit - but this is nonetheless remarkable and irresistible fiction (usually based on some appalling real-life event), and very highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you 23 Sep 2011
By delilah
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Thank you very much for the book which was in very good condition and as described. Very reliable and efficient service.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stick With It, It Definitely Picks Up... 24 July 2009
By Mercedes J. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read both Ms. Abbott's previous Noir's, 'Die a Little' (which is my absolute favorite), and 'The Song Is You' (also very, very good). I had high hopes for this book, but was somewhat disappointed upon starting it. The first 30% of the story seemed rushed and disjointed. I didn't feel as though I was getting to know the characters, and people and places jumped around so much it was hard to keep things straight. I almost gave up on it. I'm so glad I didn't.

This story is based loosely on the real life crime tale of Winnie Ruth Judd (a.k.a. The Trunk Murderess) in the 1930's. However, don't think you can just head on over to Wikipedia, read the story of Winnie Ruth, and think you have Ms. Abbott's novel all figured out (I made this mistake, but it made the ending all the more enjoyable). Ms. Abbott has altered the actual events into a 'What would have happened if...' , and it makes for a riveting story. Marion Seeley does not meet the same fate as her real life counterpart, and some key players involved in the crime and Marion's life, have a very different ending to their stories as well.

While the beginning of this novel frustrated me, the rest more then made up for it. Overall, I absolutely recommend this. I am not a regular fan of dark novels filled with sex, drugs and murder, but Megan Abbott is one of the ONLY authors of this genre that I always keep an eye out for. While her style of writing may take a little getting used to, she has a way of pulling you right into the seedy side of a long-past era of glitz and glamour.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I like Megan Abbott; I did not like this book 25 Oct 2009
By P. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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In the last six months I have been trying to read all of the GREAT hard-boiled/noir writers. Megan Abbott was a wonderful discovery, and her two novels "The Song is You" and "Die a Little" were both fantastic reads. Five Stars, read these two books, you will love them.

I had similar expectations for "Bury Me Deep", but found that it Bored Me Deeply. Others have stated that the first third of the book is back story; I would say that more than half of the book is back story. The narrative reads like a teenage romance novel in which a young girl breathlessly telling us about her first love.

Between the 100+ page set-up, the annoying "breathless" style, and a disappointing ending, I cannot recommend the book. Megan Abbott's previous writing was better than this book-- much, much better. Sorry Megan; your other books were gripping page-turners. In this book, I just did not like your main character Marion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth is stranger than fiction... 6 Aug 2009
By J. Langolf - Published on Amazon.com
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but sometimes fiction fills the gaps that truth leaves behind.

Not just another one of those tawdry tales of victims and vice, filled with complex characters and more shades of gray than all the dark hours before dawn. A thread of lurid truth, expertly woven absolutely gives this absorbing novel its feeling of authenticity. Painstaking research and darkly poetic language make this a touching and tragic story that I simply could not put down. Megan Abbott is absolutely one of my favorite finds of the last few years and she certainly scores again with Bury Me Deep.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Modern-Day Noir 12 Sep 2009
By Edie - Published on Amazon.com
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Marion Seeley's husband abandons her in Phoenix, Arizona while he takes a job at a mining company in Mexico because he lost his medical license due to drug use.

Marion begins working as a secretary in a TB clinic, and is soon befriended by Louise Mercer, one of the nurses at the clinic. To supplement their income, Louise and her roommate Ginny hold gin-soaked thrill parties at their apartment for the wealthy and powerful men of the city.

Bury Me Deep is loosely based on a real-life crime that took place in October 1931. A Los Angeles stationmaster found two large abandoned steamer trunks with a dismembered body in each. The sensational case became known as "The Trunk Murderess" and the perpetrator, Winnie Ruth Judd, was convicted and sent to prison for killing her two friends in what appeared to be an open and shut case. Unfortunately, the truth was much more complicated.

Author Megan Abbott writes in a third person noir style popular during the 1930s and 40s. She successfully draws the reader deep into every scene. She handles with honesty and realism the transformation Marion undergoes as an innocent young woman looking in at a seemingly fascinating lifestyle, then becoming a major player in the degradation that overtakes her life.

This novel is as deeply unsettling as it is rich in the darkness of the times. Abbott writes with perfect pitch detailing the dark world in which the men and women lived and loved. She brings hard-boiled crime fiction to the forefront with stellar dialogue and strong characterization. It's no wonder she is often compared to noir master Raymond Chandler.

If you are a fan of the genre, you will want to read this worthy fourth Megan Abbott novel.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aquired taste, but once aquired, addictive 14 Oct 2013
By NaoNao - Published on Amazon.com
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Megan Abbott has a hypnotic, almost disturbing style that is not for everyone, but is extremely enjoyable for those who like noir. It's great to see female voices in this genre, and even though recently Abbott has moved to writing contemporary work, her noirs are terrific. Eerie, sad, scary, eloquent, unique, narcotic, and sexy....great reads. I also appreciate the information about how the author came to her subject and the background about the true story that inspired this book.
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