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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.

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Edgar-finalist Abbott (Die a Little) delivers a sharp, slender, hardboiled tale of a protégé''s schooling by a notorious, been-there-done-that moll. The first time the unnamed 22-year-old female narrator lays eyes on Gloria Denton, her first thought is I want the legs. The setting is the Club Tee Hee, an indeterminate Las Vegas–L.A. nowhere where the kid is doing the mobbed-up books, and Gloria comes in every few weeks to count Jerome''s vig. The kid absorbs very entertaining lessons in how to dress, move, behave, and how to pick up, transport and distribute payoffs and winnings—until she falls for sweet-talking gambler Vic Riordan. Abbott is pitch-perfect throughout: Gloria Denton, still turning heads in her 40s, is as hard a moll as any, and the kid is a beautiful combination of foil and tool as she strives to emulate her role model. The collision, violent and inevitable, rips away the facade of glitz and glamour, and leaves their low-end edifice starkly exposed.
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Working from her story in the anthology Damn Near Dead (2006), noir''s reigning crown princess delivers a royally entertaining rumination on toxic female friendships set in the harsh neon underbelly of early-1960s Las Vegas. The tale of an avaricious assistant to a Virginia Hill-style Mob courier unfolds so cinematically it''s difficult not to picture it onscreen--perhaps pitched as The Grifters meets Casino, with Sharon Stone and Scarlett Johansson under the leering direction of Quentin Tarantino. "Gloria''s girl," they call her when she''s corralling payoffs from casino managers, fixing odds at the track, and doling out pad money to the cops. But she''s out for a glorious score, and the taste of a gem heist she sets up only makes her ravenous for more. It''s too bad that head for nasty business is paired with a body built for even nastier sin--and a heart foolish enough to go out to Vic Riordan, a self-destructive gambler nearing his final spin of the wheel. It''d be nice to get a better glimpse of her motivations, but this is a sleek, slick, seductive treat. Frank Sennett
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"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

About the Author

Megan Abbott is the author of three acclaimed novels, the Edgar Award–winning Queenpin, The Song Is You, and Die a Little. She lives in New York City. 

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Nenia Campbell
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A noir thriller written from the female perspective
Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2021
It didn''t hit me until the very end of the book that our heroine was never even given a name. That''s because she rules the narrative with her forceful, first-person account of how she went from a pencil-pushing, sweater-wearing 9-to-5er to a "queenpin." I''ve only read... See more
It didn''t hit me until the very end of the book that our heroine was never even given a name. That''s because she rules the narrative with her forceful, first-person account of how she went from a pencil-pushing, sweater-wearing 9-to-5er to a "queenpin." I''ve only read Abbott''s young adult novels before this one and one of the things, okay, two of the things, that I''ve always liked about them are the fiercely intense, fiercely rivalrous homoerotic relationships between her female heroines, and the fact that she lets them be bad people if she wants, without judgement.

I don''t usually like crime noir fiction because I feel like a lot of it is very misogynistic. And yeah, you might be thinking, "But wait, Nenia, you read bodice-rippers, you of all people shouldn''t be talking about misogynistic." It''s true that bodice-rippers sometimes carry an internalized misogyny of their own class, but it''s penned by women, from a woman''s gaze. It''s an entirely different sort of misogyny than the variety where the heroine is constantly written from the male gaze, even as she''s looking at herself in the bathroom mirror, and every "strong" heroine must be given a history of (usually sexual) abuse, and all of the men toss off bigoted one-liners while getting called "smooth" and "tough" in reviews.

Awful things happen to our plucky unnamed heroine and the woman who takes her under her marabou boa-wearing wing. They do awful things to other people. But both of them are full of agency, and I can''t tell you how satisfying it was to see these women doing the things that men do, and taking advantage of that sexism to, in some cases literally, get away with murder. QUEENPIN is literally a Lana Del Rey song come to life, and if the idea of that appeals to you, put on Ultraviolence, plug in your ear buds, and just bask in the truly messed up glory that is QUEENPIN.

Here''s looking at you, kid.

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Queen of Swords
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A Master and an Apprentice, Noir-Style
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2014
This novel was a great change of pace for me. The narrator is a young woman from a small, undistinguished city who gets a job keeping the books at a small casino and quickly uses her looks and intelligence to start moving up in the underworld. Her sponsor is... See more
This novel was a great change of pace for me. The narrator is a young woman from a small, undistinguished city who gets a job keeping the books at a small casino and quickly uses her looks and intelligence to start moving up in the underworld.

Her sponsor is Gloria Denton, a legend in this noir world: closing on middle age, but still beautiful -- and even more smart and dangerous. Our narrator idolizes Denton and wants to prove herself worthy of her attention and perhaps one day becoming her equal. Denton herself, tough as nails though she is, appears to genuinely like her apprentice, taking pleasure in teaching her how to dress and telling her what she needs to know to thrive in gangland.

But, because this is a noir, trouble comes in the form of a member of the opposite sex. Soon passion, lies, and violence complicate the relationship between mistress and apprentice, and our narrator has to make life or death choices about where her loyalty lies.

The book is well-written, and I didn''t even notice until I was 2/3 of the way through that we never learn the narrator''s name. Others address her with nicknames and she never shares the truth with us. Which only makes sense. You never know who to trust in this world.

I''m definitely going to check out Megan Abbot''s other noir novels.
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Robert Downs
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Damn Fine Noir
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2012
QUEENPIN was my first introduction to Megan Abbott, based on a Kemper review of said author, not said novel, but it certainly won''t be my last. The voice carried me like a tumbleweed in the middle of New Mexico. It sang like a blue canary in the middle of spring. It had... See more
QUEENPIN was my first introduction to Megan Abbott, based on a Kemper review of said author, not said novel, but it certainly won''t be my last. The voice carried me like a tumbleweed in the middle of New Mexico. It sang like a blue canary in the middle of spring. It had heart, promise...Well, you get the idea.

The unnamed narrator proved every bit as powerful as she did mysterious. She jumped up on stage, fully exposed, front and center, with hardly a stitch on her, and proceeded to take on all comers. She had guts, panache, and often a clever way with words. She showed first-hand why noir novels can be such powerful reads. While we saw the other characters through her eyes, they were fully fleshed out as well.

The story was raw, exposed, and everything a great noir should be. I don''t know if I''d call QUEENPIN great, as it had a few flaws, like all the characters within the confines of the novel, but it was a damn fine read.

The storyline clipped along at a thoroughbred pace, and like the main character, I raced rather dramatically toward the ending. As for the ending, it may not have been a complete surprise, but it wrapped up the story rather nicely. If you like noir, especially with a female lead, you may want to hop on the Megan Abbott bandwagon. And have your red flag ready, you''re probably going to need it.

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Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
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Rick R. Reed
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It was the legs.
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2018
I''ve read some of Megan Abbott''s stuff before and really liked it. And then I read QUEENPIN and thought, "Oh my God, this gal can really do noir. She''s like a female Raymond Chandler." This is one of those books I hated life for intruding and forcing me to put down. I... See more
I''ve read some of Megan Abbott''s stuff before and really liked it. And then I read QUEENPIN and thought, "Oh my God, this gal can really do noir. She''s like a female Raymond Chandler." This is one of those books I hated life for intruding and forcing me to put down. I savored every hard-boiled word, every tough and muscular description, rooting for the long odds of a happy ending. I can''t wait to read more Megan Abbott, especially in the vein.
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Anastasia McPherson
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Homme Fatale Takes the Place of Femme Fatale
Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2012
The noir mimicry is near perfect in this modern noir that is set in the fifties in Las Vegas but is knowingly subverted by inverting the usual gender roles and stereotypes. A young woman, keeping the books in a seedy club is rescued and mentored by a woman who has been in... See more
The noir mimicry is near perfect in this modern noir that is set in the fifties in Las Vegas but is knowingly subverted by inverting the usual gender roles and stereotypes. A young woman, keeping the books in a seedy club is rescued and mentored by a woman who has been in the know since the days of Bugsy Segal, the infamous Gloria Denton. The nameless young woman gets a thorough tutelage in all things financially mercenary as well as how to hold and carry herself in the crime world and how to spot the grift.

And then she meets the man that tempts her to betray her mentor and herself with predictable results. I can''t fault Abott''s writing or her mimicry or even her plot, but Queenpin felt too aware of itself to me. Rather than being one of those dark dispatches from the underworld that characterizes old and new noir, Queenpin felt like an exercise in revealing the ultimate silliness of all those femme fatales and the chumps who loved them by making a transparant homme fatale. Not that this is a bad mark to shoot for it just fell a little flat for me, thought rather than felt. That said, Megan Abott is still a very interesting writer and Queenpin is still worth a look especially for fans of noir both old and new.
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Murrill
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A new voice: Pleasantly surprised
Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2017
I did not expect noir, and I might not have read this book had I been forewarned. It would have been my loss. Ms. Abbott took me in and held me rapt to the end. Her characters, nearly caricatures, are wonderfully drawn nonetheless. The staccato pace kept me engaged, and... See more
I did not expect noir, and I might not have read this book had I been forewarned. It would have been my loss. Ms. Abbott took me in and held me rapt to the end. Her characters, nearly caricatures, are wonderfully drawn nonetheless. The staccato pace kept me engaged, and the first person narrator treated me to an eye-witness account. There is some predictability here, but the author takes us on a twisted tale of betrayals before we get there. I am hungry for more.
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Paige Ellen
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Superb revival of a gritty genre
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2008
I''ve read all three of Ms Abbott''s novels now. She is a quick read and will not strain your brain. However, her recollection of the time about which she writes is a delight. She also writes in a manner tough enough to invoke early Spillane and his peers (if he has any). The... See more
I''ve read all three of Ms Abbott''s novels now. She is a quick read and will not strain your brain. However, her recollection of the time about which she writes is a delight. She also writes in a manner tough enough to invoke early Spillane and his peers (if he has any). The switch to dangerous females in lead roles is also quite fun. I read a lot of modern mystery writers, i.e. Fairstein, Scottoline, Barr, Henry, Stabenow, Graves, etc and Megan Abbott''s perspective is refreshing. Her writing is crisp and moves along very nicely and easily holds the reader''s attention. Give her a try; you won''t regret it. Just remember, if you are looking for complex plot structure and deep detailed character development, go elsewhere. This is about scheming and action. Delightful to read.
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Frankie
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Amazing feminist noir novel
Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2020
I don''t like reading a lot of noir fiction because it''s just so old-fashioned and misogynistic. But Queenpin is AMAZING. The two female protagonists are so intriguing and I was rooting for them the whole time. So badass, so action-packed, and the prose is divine. They''re... See more
I don''t like reading a lot of noir fiction because it''s just so old-fashioned and misogynistic. But Queenpin is AMAZING. The two female protagonists are so intriguing and I was rooting for them the whole time. So badass, so action-packed, and the prose is divine. They''re talking straight out of a black and white film. It''s a shame this novella is so short because I want more!
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M. Dowden
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Big Girls’ Games
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 30, 2020
Megan Abbott gives us here a good little noir story and this book won a couple of awards. Our narrator is female, and we follow her on a rollercoaster of a ride, as she finds herself coming under the wings of glamourous Gloria Denton. Our young lady may have started out...See more
Megan Abbott gives us here a good little noir story and this book won a couple of awards. Our narrator is female, and we follow her on a rollercoaster of a ride, as she finds herself coming under the wings of glamourous Gloria Denton. Our young lady may have started out with cooking the books as such for a two-bit joint, but if she stays near Denton, she could be looking at the high life. Gloria may not be at the top of the food chain, but she is close, and she knows all that goes on. As our young lady comes under the influence of Gloria all seems well, as she is taught the ropes and has an apartment and car, but then comes along Vic, a rubbish gambler, a chancer, and rather sleazy. With our narrator in love, and although not explicitly mentioned we can see she loves a bit of rough sex, so she falls hook, line and sinker. With treachery and manipulation, and some cross-dealing here we see what happens when our narrator is in well over her head – or is she? After all she has been taught well by her mentor. Can she ever manage to go back to an earlier life of relative innocence, or will she always be a moll? What I liked with this is it is a Fifties set hard-boiled tale, reminiscent of the novels of that period, but here told from a female angle, where the women are more than able to play along with the big boys. There is a certain Sapphic undertone throughout this, and although our imaginations can fill in the sex parts, these are never written about, just hints dropped for us, which would have been with such novels written at the time this tale takes place, and thus without descriptions of such helps keep the momentum going. In all then this is a good read for those who enjoy their stories darkly noir and hard-boiled.
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Warren Stalley
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Easy Money, Hard Lessons
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 19, 2019
When a young woman is taken under the wing by mob Queenpin Gloria Denton what starts out as an exhilarating journey of crime, gambling, wealth and discovery gradually ends up in a vicious cat and mouse game of survival. At the centre of the novel is the relationship between...See more
When a young woman is taken under the wing by mob Queenpin Gloria Denton what starts out as an exhilarating journey of crime, gambling, wealth and discovery gradually ends up in a vicious cat and mouse game of survival. At the centre of the novel is the relationship between the two women – master and apprentice until a man comes between them and then a battle of wits ensues. Author Megan Abbott creates a refreshing spin on the noir crime genre that keeps the reader gripped with twists and turns right to the bitter end. Queenpin is a book that I’d highly recommend to any crime fiction fan.
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V.C. Lancaster
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I''ve never read female characters like these. The voices are so authentic yet complex
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 31, 2015
Megan Abbott is my hero. This book changed how I see noir, and I bought her three other noir novels (Die A Little, Bury Me Deep, and The Song Is You) just on the back of this one, no hesitation. I''ve never read female characters like these. The voices are so authentic yet...See more
Megan Abbott is my hero. This book changed how I see noir, and I bought her three other noir novels (Die A Little, Bury Me Deep, and The Song Is You) just on the back of this one, no hesitation. I''ve never read female characters like these. The voices are so authentic yet complex, meaty and gritty with such substance. I recommend this book to everyone I can, even buying them their own copies to get them to read it. Queenpin is the final word in any argument that noir doesn''t work with female protagonists. I wish I could read it again and again.
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brianthelion
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Ok if you like noir.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2021
I’ve dipped into this genre to see if it’s for me but it’s not really. Decent enough little book and fans will love it so don’t let a non believer put you off!
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T. Gomes
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A triumph for voice, style and craft – and dark passion
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2016
This book is amazing. I can''t praise it enough. It''s an absolute triumph for voice, style and craft – and it''s packed with the darkest, richest noir passion. If you like a classic, hardboiled noir voice, read this book. If you want to learn to write like a true master, read...See more
This book is amazing. I can''t praise it enough. It''s an absolute triumph for voice, style and craft – and it''s packed with the darkest, richest noir passion. If you like a classic, hardboiled noir voice, read this book. If you want to learn to write like a true master, read this book. In terms of sheer craft, 99% of writers can''t get within a million miles of Megan Abbott.
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