Little Deaths

Little Deaths

by Emma Flint

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316272483
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,217,231
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Emma Flint was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in northeast England. She studied English and History at the University of St Andrews and is a graduate of the Faber Academy writing program in London. Since her childhood, Flint has read true-crime accounts, developing an encyclopedic knowledge of real-life murder cases and of notorious historical figures, as well as a fascination with unorthodox women — past, present and fictional. Flint works as a technical writer in London, where she lives. She is the author of Little Deaths.

What People are Saying About This

New York Times bestselling author of One Less Problem Without You - Beth Harbison

"An absolutely gripping debut! Emma Flint spins a lyrical tale of horror and suspense in the vivid and thick atmosphere of 1965 Queens. Even after I finished, the story would not leave me. I cannot wait to read more from this talented author."

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“I absolutely believed in the setting: the sleaze, the corruption, and the glamour. The dialogue is pitch perfect and Ruth Malone is a complex and fascinating character. This is a novel about sex, obsession, and discrimination, but it's also a thriller that keeps you guessing until the last page.” -Ann Cleeves

“A gripping read that is at the same time deeply real. A beautifully written and realized debut. I absolutely loved it.” —Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat

“I couldn't put it down . . . So utterly satisfying, intriguing, and brilliant that everything else falls short. I can't wait for Emma Flint's next book.” —Emma Chapman, author of How To Be a Good Wife

“Gripping and shattering. Ruth's story will stay with me for the rest of my life.” —Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree

“LITTLE DEATHS is a stunning feat . . . Ruth Malone's descent into hell is a riveting tale of bad luck, heartbreak, and prejudice, written with the pace of a thriller and the rich detail of a historical novel.” —Jane Casey, author of The Missing

“Emma Flint's LITTLE DEATHS beguiles readers with a most harrowing crime: two children dead, their mother, Ruth, the likely suspect. Readers will as easily pity Ruth as doubt and denounce her, as Flint seduces us with a gem of a whodunit, making us question our every instinct. Deeply moody and moving, LITTLE DEATHS embodies the role of women in the sixties, especially those who dared to deviate from societal norms.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl

“An absolutely gripping debut! Emma Flint spins a lyrical tale of horror and suspense in the vivid and thick atmosphere of 1965 Queens. Even after I finished, the story would not leave me. I cannot wait to read more from this talented author.” —Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author of One Less Problem Without You

“Utterly atmospheric and with style to burn, Emma Flint's LITTLE DEATHS is a novel that troubles and transfixes from its simmering first pages all the way to its searing final words.” —Megan Abbott, author of You Will Know Me

“LITTLE DEATHS is a rarity: a period piece and police procedural that is wrenching and real and deeply moving. I fell fast and hard under the spell of this lush, moody, film noir of a novel.” —Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room, The Sandcastle Girls, and Midwives

“A phenomenal achievement. LITTLE DEATHS is one of those so-very-rare accomplishments: a lightning fast, heart-pounding, psychologically resonant crime novel that effortlessly transcends genre. If you believed that literary fiction can't be a one-sitting read, think again.” —Jeffery Deaver

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