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Megan Abbott

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Wife of Joshua Gaylord

Megan Abbott has taught literature, writing and film at New York University and the State University of New York at Oswego. Born in the Detroit area, she graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English Literature. She received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University in 2000, and in 2002 Palgrave Macmillan published her nonfiction study, The Street Was Mine.

Genres: Mystery
   Die a Little (2005)
   The Song Is You (2007)
   Queenpin (2007)
   Bury Me Deep (2009)
   The End of Everything (2011)
   Dare Me (2012)
   The Fever (2014)
   You Will Know Me (2016)
   Give Me Your Hand (2018)
   The Turnout (2021)
   Beware the Woman (2023)
Anthologies edited
   A Hell of a Woman (2007)
Graphic Novels
   Normandy Gold (2018) (with Alison Gaylin)
Non fiction
   The Street Was Mine (2002)
Series contributed to
Anthony Awards Best First Novel nominee (2006) : Die a Little
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2008) : Queenpin
Barry Awards Best Paperback Novel winner (2008) : Queenpin
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2010) : Bury Me Deep
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2012) : The End of Everything
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2013) : Dare Me
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2017) : You Will Know Me
Macavity Awards Best Book nominee (2017) : You Will Know Me
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2019) : Give Me Your Hand

Megan Abbott recommends
Malibu Burning (2023)
(Sharpe & Walker, book 1)
Lee Goldberg
"By turns tense and rambunctious, wildly entertaining, and breakneck-paced, Lee Goldberg's splendid Malibu Burning is pure storytelling pleasure from beginning to end."
The Stolen Coast (2023)
Dwyer Murphy
"Dwyer Murphy's The Stolen Coast reads like coming upon a favorite Robert Mitchum movie late at night and getting swept up in its aura of creeping danger and looming, romantic regret. With rich, complicated characters, a serpentine plot, and atmosphere to burn, this is neo-noir at its elegiac best."
The Screaming Child (2023)
Scott Adlerberg
"Hums in your brain long after you reach its haunting final pages."
Prom Mom (2023)
Laura Lippman
"I read this acid-dipped beauty in 2 desperate sittings. Pure James M. Cain noir at its delirious best, it moves so fast and so skillfully, you don't fully grasp what it's really saying (about men, women, desire) until its final stunning pages."
The Block Party (2023)
Jamie Day
"Jamie Day's The Block Party immediately transports you to its suburban hotbed, rife with whispered rumors, prying eyes and social-and personal-peril. Making clever use of shifting POVs, social media scrums and canny flashbacks, it's a suburban Rear Window: delicious, nail-biting and utterly unputdownable."
Black Thorn (2023)
Sarah Hilary
"A mesmerizing story of family and community, secrets and lies. Psychologically rich and captivatingly told."

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