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Longlisted for The John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017
Twenty-two-year-old Charlotte Ford reconnects with Danielle, her best friend from high school, a few days before Danielle is found bludgeoned to death in a motel room. In the wake of the murder, Charlotte’s life unravels and she descends into the city’s underbelly, where she meets the strippers, pornographers and drug dealers who surrounded Danielle in the years they were estranged.
Ginsburg’s Houston is part of a lesser known south, where the urban and rural collide gracelessly. In this shadowy world, culpability and sympathy blur in a debut novel which thrillingly brings its three female protagonists to the fore. Scary, funny and almost unbearably sad, Sunset City is written with rare grace and empathy holding you transfixed, praying for some kind of escape for Charlotte.
'A tour de force in noir fiction ... a superb debut.'
'This is crime noir at its best. It is gritty, and grubby. It is dirty, erotic, funny and really very good.'
Like nothing I have read before ... a high octane thriller.
'Ginsberg has penned a contemplation to loss, bereavement, regret.'
'I was gripped utterly by the events and the people, descriptively speaking this is pure magic, intense and evocative with a modern twist – often very sad and always edgy and involving.'
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