Bury Me Deep

Bury Me Deep

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Baker & Taylor
In the wake of a double murder in which the victims' bodies are concealed in trunks aboard a Los Angeles-bound train, suspicion falls upon a young blonde woman whose guilt becomes subject to her gender, class, and ill-advised passion. By the Edgar-winning author of Queenpin. Original.

Blackwell North Amer
Edgar Award–winning author and “reigning crown princess of noir” (Booklist) Megan Abbott reignites in Bury Me Deep the hothouse of jealousy, illicit sex, shifting loyalties, and dark perversions of power that marked a true-life case born of Depression-era Phoenix, reimagined here as a timeless portrait of the dark side of desire.

By the author of Dare Me and The End of Everything

In October 1931, a station agent found two large trunks abandoned in Los Angeles’s Southern Pacific Station. What he found inside ignited one of the most scandalous tabloid sensations of the decade.

Inspired by this notorious true crime, Edgar®-winning author Megan Abbott’s novel Bury Me Deep is the story of Marion Seeley, a young woman abandoned in Phoenix by her doctor husband. At the medical clinic where she finds a job, Marion becomes fast friends with Louise, a vivacious nurse, and her roommate, Ginny, a tubercular blonde. 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 dangerous collision.

A story born of Jazz Age decadence and Depression-era desperation, Bury Me Deep—with its hothouse of jealousy, illicit sex and shifting loyalties—is a timeless portrait of the dark side of desire and the glimmer of redemption.

Baker
& Taylor

In the wake of a double murder in which the victims' bodies are concealed in trunks aboard a Los Angeles-bound train, suspicion falls upon a young blonde woman whose guilt becomes subject to her gender, class, and ill-advised passion.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2009
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9781416599098
1416599096
Branch Call Number: F ABB
Characteristics: 240 p. : ill. ; 22 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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