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Review: The Little Men by Megan Abbott August 24, 2015

Posted by sjroby in Book reviews.
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Another Netgalley review.

Megan Abbott’s early novels were retro noir from a female perspective, a fresh take on classic crime fiction. Considering both the real world sexism of the era and the obsession with masculinity in a lot of that era’s crime fiction, Abbott’s women were welcome and overdue. Her last few novels moved to the modern day, but I was pleased to see that The Little Men is a return, if brief, to the past. (It’s part of a series of short stories published in limited print editions and as ebooks, apparently.)

In 1953 LA, a young woman who’s given up on dreams of stardom and become a makeup artist moves into a bungalow with a haunting history. It’s almost too short a story, as the last dozen pages or so rush through a number of revelations and twists. But still, it’s great to see Abbott revisit this kind of noir storytelling. It feels like it could have made a good episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents or Twilight Zone.

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