“The suburbs are filled with secrets.”
Read any of Megan Abbott’s last three books and you’ll find there is no darker heart than that of a teenage girl. I think she’s invented a genre: teenage girl suburban noir. Reading one of Megan’s novels is a little like looking at the American dream from the inside out: all the nasty bits that are usually hidden are revealed. Don’t just take my word for it, Entertainment Weekly called The Fever one of the “10 Must Summer Reads.” I think that’s an understatement.
In mid-September, Megan is appearing at Bloody Scotland in Stirling, Scotland on a panel with another doyenne of dark, Scottish crime novelist Louise Welsh. It’s worth going to Bloody Scotland for that talk alone, let alone all the other great writers scheduled to appear.
Megan is without a doubt one of the country’s best novelists, but she’s pretty darn good as a magazine writer as well. Below are links to some of the pieces she wrote for LA, The Los Angeles Times Magazine.
A special shout out to Thom Meredith, without whose technical wizardry and patience, this podcast in particular–and Speaking of Mysteries in general–would not be possible.
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