By Megan Abbott
From Edgar® -nominated novelist Megan Abbott, who makes “devotees of Cain and Chandler collapse and beg for mercy” (The Hollywood Reporter), The tune Is You imagines an exhilarating end to the nonetheless unsolved in view that 1949 Black Dahlia homicide case.
On October 7, 1949, dark-haired starlet Jean Spangler kissed her five-year-old daughter goodbye and left for an evening shoot at a Hollywood studio. "Wish me luck," she acknowledged as she crossed her hands, winked, and walked away. She was once by no means visible back. the one clues left at the back of: a handbag with a damaged strap present in a close-by park, a cryptic word, and rumors approximately mobster boyfriends and ill-fated romances with motion picture stars.
Drawing in this true-life lacking individual case, Megan Abbott's The music Is You tells the tale of Gil "Hop" Hopkins, a smooth-talking Hollywood publicist whose occupation, regardless of his complex own existence, is at the upward push. it really is 1951, years after Jean Spangler's disappearance, and Hop unearths himself unwillingly drawn into the nonetheless unsolved secret through a chum of Jean who blames Hop for concealing information about Jean's whereabouts the evening she vanished. pushed through guilt and worry of blackmail, Hop delves into the case himself, feverishly attempting to remain one step sooner than an intrepid woman reporter additionally chasing the tale. Hop notion he'd obvious all of it, yet what he uncovers either tantalizes and horrifies him as he plunges deeper and deeper into Hollywood's substratum in his try to discover the truth.
In the culture of James Ellroy's The Black Dahlia and Joyce Carol Oates's Blonde, The track Is You conjures a heady brew of fact and hypothesis, of truth and pulp fiction, taking the reader on a depressing travel of Tinseltown, from motion picture studios, gala premieres, and posh nightclubs to gangsters, blackmailing B-girls, and the darkest secrets and techniques that lie in the back of Hollywood's luminous façade. on the heart of all of it is Hop, a guy torn among cutthroat ambition and his personal top intentions.