By Megan Abbott
Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781416534280, 180pp.
Publication Date: June 5, 2007
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 protegee 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 protegee scramble to stay one step ahead of their bosses and each other.
"Quite a stunning achievement. With Queenpin, her third superb book, Megan Abbott proves beyond all doubt she is the new Queen of Noir."
-- Ken Bruen, author of Priest and American Skin
"Subtle, seductive, stunningly violent, this perfectly executed hardboiled title of complex relationships between grifters is a stone-cold classic."
-- Allan Guthrie, author of Hard Man and Kiss Her Goodbye
"Megan Abbott continues to be my absolute favorite new author."
-- Lisa Scottoline, author of Dirty Blonde
"Classy, daring, and alluringly amoral, Abbott's portrayal of a woman desperate for the "good life" illuminates the deep motives of a femme fatale, as she chooses tough over soft and pleasure within pain in order to satisfy her thrill-seeking personality in an era when opportunities are scarce. A slick, murderous adventure with passion enough to draw any reader inside."
-- Vicki Hendricks, author of Cruel Poetry