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Little deaths : a novel

by Flint, Emma,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 27 Libraries 27 of 29 copies
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Summary
It's 1965 in a tight-knit working-class neighborhood in Queens, New York, and Ruth Malone -- a single mother who works long hours as a cocktail waitress -- wakes to discover her two small children, Frankie Jr. and Cindy, have gone missing. Later that day, Cindy's body is found in a derelict lot a half mile from her home, strangled. Ten days later, Frankie Jr.'s decomposing body is found. Immediately, all fingers point to Ruth.

As police investigate the murders, the detritus of Ruth's life is exposed. Seen through the eyes of the cops, the empty bourbon bottles and provocative clothing which litter her apartment, the piles of letters from countless men and Ruth's little black book of phone numbers, make her a drunk, a loose woman -- and therefore a bad mother. The lead detective, a strict Catholic who believes women belong in the home, leaps to the obvious conclusion: facing divorce and a custody battle, Malone took her children's lives.

Pete Wonicke is a rookie tabloid reporter who finagles an assignment to cover the murders. Determined to make his name in the paper, he begins digging into the case. Pete's interest in the story develops into an obsession with Ruth, and he comes to believe there's something more to the woman whom prosecutors, the press, and the public have painted as a promiscuous femme fatale. Did Ruth Malone violently kill her own children, is she a victim of circumstance -- or is there something more sinister at play?

Inspired by a true story, Little Deaths, like celebrated novels by Sarah Waters and Megan Abbott, is compelling literary crime fiction that explores the capacity for good and evil in us all.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Although no formal acknowledgement is made in the text, this compelling crime-fiction debut is clearly based on the Alice Crimmins case. The Medea of Kew Gardens Hills was convicted and served a prison sentence for the 1965 deaths of her children in New York City. Same place, same time: a Queens neighborhood close enough to the World's Fair to hear the drone. Ruth Malone, a single mother working as a cocktail waitress, awakens one morning to discover that her two small children are gone. Later that day, her daughter's body is found in an abandoned lot nearby, and, 10 days after that, her son's badly decomposed body is found not far from the fairgrounds. Ruth becomes the prime suspect. The police have decided she is a bad mother who wanted to get rid of her kids, and she is portrayed as a promiscuous femme fatale in the press. She is eventually convicted, and the reader shares the desolation of her prison stay and learns along with her the chilling truth about the murders. The closing scene is a jaw-dropper, reminiscent of Minette Walters' classic The Sculptress (1993). This is absolutely absorbing literary crime fiction, perfect for fans of Megan Abbott and Sarah Waters. Look forward to more from the gifted Flint, who has revealed in interviews that she has been a reader of true crime since childhood.--Murphy, Jane Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "One of New York City's classic tabloid crime cases-cocktail waitress Alice Crimmins's controversial conviction for the 1965 murders of her two young children-becomes the springboard for British author Flint's affecting, achingly beautiful debut. That Ruth Malone, a separated single mom, leads an active sex life, including trysting with married men while her five-year-old Frankie Jr. and four-year-old Cindy remain home alone, locked in their bedroom, makes her the only suspect police seriously look into after her estranged husband reports the youngsters missing. And yet the deeper that fledgling crime reporter Pete Wonicke digs into the story, the more he becomes convinced that while Ruth may be guilty of many things, killing her kids isn't among them. Eschewing easy answers or Perry Mason miracles, Flint focuses squarely on Ruth's stiflingly straitened life in working-class Queens, close enough to gaze at the bewitching lights of Manhattan yet distant enough to feel marooned in another galaxy. This stunning novel is less about whodunit than deeper social issues of motherhood, morals, and the kind of rush to judgment that can condemn someone long before the accused sees the inside of a courtroom. Agent: Jo Unwin, Jo Unwin Literary Agency (U.K.). (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Single mothers -- Fiction.
Journalists -- Fiction.
Children -- Crimes against -- Fiction.
Queens (New York, N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First U.S. edition.
Language English
Description 311 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780316272483
9780316272476
0316272477
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