By the author of Dare Me and The End of Everything 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 protégée 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 protégée scramble to stay one step ahead of their bosses and each other.
I foolishly started reading Queenpin right before going to bed; I had to tear myself away so I could get at least SOME sleep before work. I never expected a book about a 1920s-ish crime boss thriller to be SO enthralling, especially since it’s technically the second one I’ve read this year.
The first was The Other Typist, which was much more a psychological thriller kind of book. While I enjoyed it, I really wanted to read a straight-up crime novel. So, when I just happened to run into Queenpin on Scribd, I went for it.
Holy crap, y’all! Queenpin is SO GOOD. It’s exciting and the characters are mesmerizing and there’s plenty of great gangster action and WOW. I loved it!
I regret how short it is, if only because I want MORE WOMEN CRIME BOSSES yes, more more more! But the the shortness works with the pacing, which is intense, and I had such a good time reading it that I’m for sure adding all of Megan Abbott’s other books to my reading list pronto.
Read: August 10-11, 2014
Do you have any favorite gangster books? I actually haven’t read that many, though I’ve seen plenty of gangster movies. And now I just realized I’ve really only seen MALE gangster movies. What’re some good female gangster flicks?