Praise for SHOT IN DETROIT
makes some telling points about the sometimes questionable relationship between art and morality.”
“An assured mystery centering on artistry and the price that can be paid for it.”
"A fresh look at the disintegration of Detroit as seen through the lens of a camera...a detailed account of one woman battling her inner demons against the backdrop of a city that is doing the same."
"Abbott's ability to create living, breathing characters is nothing short of astounding...A spot-on description of a once proud but now struggling city...a compelling snapshot of the human condition."
"An excellent book...Sometimes the best crime fiction can surprise you in ways you didn’t expect, giving you insight not only into the mind of a character but in yourself as well."
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Praise for CONCRETE ANGEL by Patricia Abbott
"This is a gripping psychological thriller...will draw fans of the late Ruth Rendell as well as Paula Hawkins' The Girl on the Train."
"With cool, compelling prose, CONCRETE ANGEL reveals the menace that lurks beneath a mother’s charming facade. An absorbing novel by an unusually fine writer.”
Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author of CHINA LAKE andTHE MEMORY COLLECTOR
"(An) enthralling, dark debut novel...It’s a potent and at times poignant combination. Those who enjoy suspenseful, atmospheric family drama will find much to love here."
Library Journal (starred review)
"Christine's mother Eve is sharp, beautiful, charismatic... and a murderous sociopath. Their complicated and heartbreaking relationship is explored in CONCRETE ANGEL -- a riveting depiction of family ties and how they can bind, ensnare, strangle."
Alison Gaylin, USA Today bestselling author
"CONCRETE ANGEL is debut novelist Patti Abbott’s exquisitely rendered character study of a manipulative mother over two decades. Eve is a woman obsessed but how will our narrator, Eve’s only daughter, respond as her childhood innocence is taken away? Abbott exhibits a pitch-perfect precision with both language and setting in capturing the tragic world of a mid-century Pennsylvania family."
Edgar Award-winning author Naomi Hirahara
"A fresh, original voice telling a story that's probably, in broad outline if not detail, more common than we know. But what detail! From the opening sentence, a grabber.”
SJ Rozan, Edgar-winning author (as Sam Cabot) of SKIN OF THE WOLF
"The characters in Abbott’s debut novel are fully realized." Kirkus Reviews
"Derringer award winning author Patricia Abbott came up through the hard-boiled online webzines sharpening her skills in a medium that, more often than not, features lurid plots, graphic violence, and twist endings for shock value. Ms. Abbott found her own distinct voice building her storylines on tainted relationships, intricate, emotive reveals and endings, often, with no tidy wind-ups but satisfying conclusions nonetheless. CONCRETE ANGEL is a culmination of her very best and is not to be missed." Criminal Element
"CONCRETE ANGEL is a noir novel unlike anything you've ever read. Abbott has a new voice that's both chilling and shocking."
Sandra Scoppetone, award-winning author of the Lauren Laurano series
At 40, Violet Hart is a down-on-her-luck photographer still waiting for her big break. Living in Detroit, with its plethora of crumbling and abandoned buildings, she is drawn to "ruin porn," but her focus changes when her lover Ben, a mortician catering to the black community, asks her to take a final photo of a family's loved one. In this moment she finds inspiration to capture the images of at least a dozen young black men in their final state of repose and to exhibit these pictures in her own one-woman show. By immersing herself in the world of the dead and constantly searching for "unusual" scenes to shoot, Violet inadvertently places herself, and those around her, in harm's way. Derringer Award-winning author Abbott (Concrete Angel) has delivered a fresh look at the disintegration of Detroit as seen through the lens of a camera. Less a suspense novel than the plot summary may imply, it is instead a detailed account of one woman battling her inner demons against the backdrop of a city that is doing the same. VERDICT This title is bound to have strong regional appeal, and fans of Megan Abbott may be curious, as the author is Abbott's mother.—Amy Nolan, St. Joseph, MI