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Real Easy

(2022)
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'Packs a real emotional punch' Guardian
'Very possibly the best crime fiction book since Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects' Neel Mukherjee

Three Women meets Tana French in a compulsive, unflinching and unexpectedly hopeful thriller set in a midwestern strip club.

'Gritty, glittery and pulsing with life' Sara Sligar
'Bold, compelling, brutal and brilliant' Chris Whitaker

It's 1999, and Samantha has danced for years at the Lovely Lady strip club.

She's not used to taking anyone under her wing - after all, between her disapproving boyfriend and his daughter, who may as well be her own child, she has enough to worry about. But when Samantha overrides her better judgment to drive a new dancer home, they are run off the road. The police arrive at the scene of the accident - but find only one body.

Georgia, another dancer, is drawn into the investigation as she tries to assist Holly, a detective with a complicated story of her own. As the point of view shifts from police officers and detectives to club patrons, the women circle around a list of suspects, all the while grappling with their own understanding of loss and love.

As they get closer to the truth they must each confront a fundamental question:

How do women live their lives knowing that men can hurt them?




Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"With gorgeous prose, well-drawn characters, and crackling suspense, Real Easy is an unforgettable thriller that stuck with me long after the last page. Beneath the drum-tight plot is a brilliant examination of femininity, safety, and the roles women play. I couldn't put it down." - Andrea Bartz

"Very possibly the best crime fiction book since Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects, Real Easy is turn-your-phone-off-and-cancel-all-your-meetings gripping. But it is also so much more than that: every character is instantly alive and recognizable the moment they appear on the page; the writing is sustainedly beautiful and intelligent, at times lyrical, at others, sassy and crackling; and the psychological underpinnings are unerring, resonant, utterly convincing. This book is a winner, whichever way you turn it." - Neel Mukherjee

"With a fully-realized world, a compelling mystery, fascinating characters, and beautiful prose, Marie Rutkoski's REAL EASY will capture readers and stay in their minds forever." - Jill Santopolo

"Rutkoski is that rare gem: a writer whose prose is as splendid as her plotting. The result is a taut thriller with the potency of a poem, a propulsive story at once brutal, elegant, and impossible to put down." - V E Schwab

"This book blew me away. Real Easy is an electric thrill ride that takes a hard look at the high price women pay for men's desire. Rutkoski renders her characters with exquisite compassion and detail, even as the book accelerates toward an unforgettable conclusion. Gritty, glittery, and pulsing with life." - Sara Sligar

"Bold, compelling, brutal and brilliant. On the surface Real Easy is the kind of gritty, gripping mystery I just adore, yet it's also full of heart and hope and the most endearing characters." - Chris Whitaker


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January 2022 : UK Hardback
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Title: Real Easy: a bold, mesmerising and unflinching thriller featuring three unforgettable women
Author(s): Marie Rutkoski
ISBN: 1-4722-7748-1 / 978-1-4722-7748-0 (UK edition)
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Title: Real Easy: A Novel
Author(s): Marie Rutkoski
ISBN: 1-250-78824-2 / 978-1-250-78824-5 (USA edition)
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January 2023 : USA Paperback
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Title: Real Easy: A Novel
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Title: Real Easy: a bold, mesmerising and unflinching thriller featuring three unforgettable women
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ISBN: 1-4722-7752-X / 978-1-4722-7752-7 (UK edition)
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Title: Real Easy: a bold, mesmerising and unflinching thriller featuring three unforgettable women
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ISBN: 1-4722-7749-X / 978-1-4722-7749-7 (UK edition)
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Title: Real Easy: A Novel
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Title: Real Easy
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Title: Real Easy
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Title: Real Easy
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January 2022 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Real Easy: A Novel
Author(s): Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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January 2022 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Real Easy: a bold, mesmerising and unflinching thriller featuring three unforgettable women
Author(s): Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Tinder Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU