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Author:  Gillian Flynn
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307341577
ISBN-13: 9780307341570
Sku: 212123853
Publish Date: 5/4/2010
Sales Rank: 95316
Pages:  349
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After witnessing the murder of her mother and sisters, 7-year-old Libby Day testifies against her brother Ben, but 25 years later she tries to profit from her tragic history and admit that her story might not have been accurate. Reprint. A best-selling novel. *Author: Flynn, Gillian *Publication Date: 2010/05/04 *Number of Pages: 349 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.50
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I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.


Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club . . . and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.


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When the Kill Club--scavenging for savory morsels from a crime committed more than 30 years ago--contacts her, Libby Day sees an opportunity to make some money. In 1985, when she was only seven, her mother and sisters were savagely murdered on their family farm. Libby's testimony put her older brother in jail, but now as a way to earn a little bit of cash, she agrees to reinvestigate the crime for the Club. In an irresistible narrative, Gillian Flynn (SHARP OBJECTS) reveals the events on that fateful day as the vitriolic Libby opens up the past. Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Books of 2009.
Author Bio
Gillian Flynn
Gillian Flynn is best known for her exceptionally dark psychological thrillers. Her debut novel, SHARP OBJECTS (2006), was the first book ever to win two Crime Writer's Association (CWA) Dagger Awards in a single year. Her second, DARK PLACES (2009), was deemed the best book of the year by the editors of Publishers Weekly. Flynn, who is the daughter of a film professor and a reading instructor, was born in Kansas City, Missouri. An avid fan of true-crime books, she attended the University of Kansas, receiving a journalism degree in 1993. She next worked at a trade magazine aimed at the human-resources industry for two years before moving to Chicago and earning a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Flynn then took a job as a film reporter and TV critic for Entertainment Weekly, where she remained for a decade. When she wrote her first novel--which features a self-mutilating narrator who must deal with a mentally ill mother and deranged half-sister--Flynn met with immediate acclaim. Her subsequent books contain equally sinister themes and have met with a similarly positive reception. "Libraries are filled with stories on generations of brutal men, trapped in a cycle of aggression," she told one interviewer, after the publication of SHARP OBJECTS. "I wanted to write about the violence of women. So I did. I wrote a dark, dark book."

Praise

"A gritty, riveting thriller with a one-of-a-kind, tart-tongued heroine."|(starred review) - Joanne Wilkinson 02/15/2009

"Edgar-finalist Flynn's second crime thriller tops her impressive debut, SHARP OBJECTS." (starred review) 03/23/2009

"[A] nerve-fraying thriller..." - Marilyn Stasio 05/10/2009

"Flynn's well-paced story deftly shows the fallibility of memory and the lies a child tells herself to get through a trauma." 06/08/2009

"[S]ardonic, riveting....Flynn has figured out how to fuse the believable characters, silken prose and complex moral vision of literary fiction to the structure of a crime story." - Laura Miller 06/02/2009

"DARK PLACES crackles with peevish energy and corrosive wit, just the thing to bring out the goose bumps on a balmy summer's night. Turn up the air and the lights, lock the doors, grab a comforter and some hot chocolate, and dive into the deep winter of Libby's soul." - Joy Tipping 06/14/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0349
Product attributePublisher:   Three Rivers Press (CA)
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