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The Song Is You

The Song Is You

(2007)
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On October 7, 1949, dark-haired starlet Jean Spangler kissed her five-year-old daughter good-bye and left for a night shoot at a Hollywood studio. "Wish me luck," she said as she crossed her fingers, winked, and walked away. She was never seen again. The only clues left behind: a purse with a broken strap found in a nearby park, a cryptic note, and rumors about mobster boyfriends and ill-fated romances with movie stars.

Drawing on this true-life missing person case, Megan Abbott's The Song Is You tells the story of Gil "Hop" Hopkins, a smooth-talking Hollywood publicist whose career, despite his complicated personal life, is on the rise. It is 1951, two years after Jean Spangler's disappearance, and Hop finds himself unwillingly drawn into the still unsolved mystery by a friend of Jean who blames Hop for concealing details about Jean's whereabouts the night she vanished. Driven by guilt and fear of blackmail, Hop delves into the case himself, feverishly trying to stay one step ahead of an intrepid female reporter also chasing the story. Hop thought he'd seen it all, but what he uncovers both tantalizes and horrifies him as he plunges deeper and deeper into Hollywood's substratum in his attempt to uncover the truth.

In the tradition of James Ellroy's The Black Dahlia and Joyce Carol Oates's Blonde, The Song Is You conjures a heady brew of truth and speculation, of fact and pulp fiction, taking the reader on a dark tour of Tinseltown, from movie studios, gala premieres, and posh nightclubs to gangsters, blackmailing B-girls, and the darkest secrets that lie behind Hollywood's luminous façade. At the center of it all is Hop, a man torn between cutthroat ambition and his own best intentions.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2010 : UK Hardback
Title: The Song is You
Author(s): Megan E Abbott
ISBN: 0-7505-3289-0 / 978-0-7505-3289-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
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May 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: The Song Is You (Thorndike Crime Scene)
Author(s): Megan Abbott
ISBN: 0-7862-9484-1 / 978-0-7862-9484-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: The Song Is You: A Novel
Author(s): Megan Abbott
ISBN: 0-7432-9171-9 / 978-0-7432-9171-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

April 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: The Song is You
Author(s): Megan Abbott
ISBN: 1-84739-345-4 / 978-1-84739-345-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: The Song Is You: A Novel
Author(s): Megan Abbott
ISBN: 0-7432-9172-7 / 978-0-7432-9172-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

December 2008 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Song is You: Imagines a thrilling conclusion to the 'Daughter of Black Dahlia' murder case
Author(s): Megan Abbott
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon UK   

January 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Song Is You: A Novel
Author(s): Megan Abbott
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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