Megan Abbott

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Megan Abbott
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Born(1971-08-21)August 21, 1971
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
EducationPhD in English and American Literature
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
GenreCrime fiction
Notable awardsEdgar Award
2008 Queenpin
Barry Award – Best Paperback Novel
2008 Queenpin

Megan Abbott (born August 21, 1971)[1] is an American author of crime fiction and a non-fiction analysis of hardboiled crime fiction. Her novels and short stories have drawn from and re-worked classic subgenres of crime writing, from a female perspective.[2][3]


Abbott graduated from the University of Michigan.[4] Growing up, Abbott was greatly intrigued by the 1930 and 1940's movies she saw at a movie theater in Grosse Pointe. Watching these films as a child are what she believes gave her her lifelong interest in crime fiction.[5] She received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University, and has taught at NYU, the State University of New York and the New School University. In 2013-2014, she served as the John Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.[6]


Abbott was influenced by film noir, classic noir fiction, and Jeffrey Eugenides's novel The Virgin Suicides.[7][8] Two of her novels reference notorious crimes. The Song Is You (2007) is based around the disappearance of Jean Spangler in 1949, and Bury Me Deep (2009) on the 1931 case of Winnie Ruth Judd, dubbed "the Trunk Murderess".[9]

Reception and awards[edit]

Abbott has won the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for outstanding fiction. Time named her one of the "23 Authors That We Admire" in 2011.[10] Publishers Weekly gave her 2011 novel The End of Everything a starred review.[11]


  • Die a Little (2005). ISBN 978-0743261708
  • The Song Is You (2007). ISBN 978-0743291712
  • Queenpin (2007). ISBN 978-1416534280
    Won: 2008 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original, 2008 Barry Award for Best Paperback Novel
    Nominated: 2008 Anthony award for Best Paperback Original.[12]
  • Bury Me Deep (2009). ISBN 978-1416599098
    Nominated: 2010 Anthony award for Best Paperback Original
  • The End of Everything (2011). ISBN 978-0316097796
  • Dare Me (2012). ISBN 978-0316097772
  • The Fever (2014). ISBN 978-0316231053
  • You Will Know Me (2016)[13]
  • Give Me Your Hand (2018). ISBN 978-1509855681

Short stories[edit]


  • The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled fiction and Film Noir (2002). ISBN 0-312-29481-6


Journalist and blogger[edit]

Abbott has written for major journals and newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times.[14] She also writes a blog with novelist Sara Gran.[15]


  • Megan Abbott participated with the writing of The Deuce,[16] a new HBO show. The show premiered in 2017 and deals with pornography and the Mafia in New York in the 1970s and beyond.[17]


  1. ^ Abbott, Patricia. ""Happy Birthday, Megan"". Patricia Abbott (pattinase). Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Champion, Edward. "Megan Abbott, Literary Criminal." The Millions. July 12, 2011.
  3. ^ Glor, Jeff. "AUTHOR TALK: The End of Everything by Mega Abbott." CBS News. October 31, 2011.
  4. ^ Abbott, Megan (2011-07-26). "a stranger calls | The Abbott Gran Medicine Show". Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  5. ^ Shaub, Michael. "Megan Abbott Writes Bestsellers about Bad People. Look Out, She's Coming to LA". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Author Megan Abbott". June 28, 2011.
  7. ^ "interview". 2011-12-06. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
  8. ^ Derbyshire, Johnathan. "The Books Interview: Megan Abbot." NewStatesman. 12 September 2011.
  9. ^ Kelly, Alan. "Tugged into Darkness: An interview with Megan Abbott" 3AM Magazine. Monday, August 24, 2009.
  10. ^ Time Staff. "Pack Your (Book) Bag: The best pages to turn this summer, from 23 authors we admire." Time Magazine Special. The Best Books for Summer Reading. Thursday, June 30, 2011.
  11. ^ Publishers Weekly. Review date: May 30, 2011.
  12. ^ "Anthony Award Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2014-05-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ Senior, Jennifer (2016-07-18). "Review: In Megan Abbott's 'You Will Know Me,' Gymnast Girl and Cute Dead Guy". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  14. ^ Abbott, Megan. "Pretty Tough: Original victims and femme fatals, the female leads in today's mystery fiction are as complex as their male counterparts." Los Angeles Times Magazine. April 2011.
  15. ^ "The Abbott Gran Medicine Show". Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Megan Abbott". New and Appearances. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (September 19, 2017). "'The Deuce' Renewed For Season 2 At HBO". Deadline Hollywood.

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