Bury Me Deep

Bury Me Deep

Large Print - 2009
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Edgar Award-winning author Abbott, simply one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation (Laura Lippman), turns her attention to the Jazz Age--one of the most notorious periods for inciting scandalous crimes.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9781410419286
1410419282
Branch Call Number: LT F ABB
Characteristics: 357 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.

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DeltaQueen50
Jul 15, 2018

Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott is a dark noir story set in Phoenix during the 1930’s. Based on a real life murder case that became a scandalous tabloid sensation during the 1930’s, the story tells how vulnerable Marion Seeley is left in Phoenix by her husband while he takes a job in Mexico and works on kicking his drug habit. She meets and falls in with two well known party girls, and falls head over heels for a world class heel, Joe Lanigan. The crazy love affair, the wild parties, the drunken nights reach their pinnacle in a flurry of jealousy, rage and bullets.

This tough, edgy story reads like a script for a 1930’s melodrama. I am a huge fan of Megan Abbot and this book, with it’s powerful prose brings this era to life. At first the story seems to be about a waif-like, neglected wife who is innocent of the degradation that life can bring but as the story draws to it’s conclusion, we can see that Marion has an inner core of steel.

The details of the real case of Winnie Ruth Jones are included in the back of the book and it is interesting to see how the author used this case to shape her story. For me, Bury Me Deep was an excellent read about one woman’s life sinking into a gruesome yet riveting nightmare.

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