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Little Deaths

Little Deaths

作者 : Emma Flint

出版社 : PICADOR

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定價 : NT 499

售價9折, NT449

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這是每個媽媽的噩夢,但她和其他的媽媽不一樣。
當她的私生活被攤在陽光下的那一刻,獵女巫行動也隨之展開……


本書改編自真實事件:1965年,Alice Crimmins遭指控謀殺兩個孩子,即使證據不足,違抗了傳統女性形象的她在踏進法院前,早已被警方、媒體與大眾定罪,但案件卻從未真正被偵破……

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1965年的美國,在酒店當服務生的年輕單親媽媽Ruth Malone,每天長時間工作。她一早醒來,卻發現兩個年幼的孩子不見了!當天稍晚,女兒Cindy陳屍在離住家不遠處的廢墟;十天後,兒子Frankie Jr. 腐爛的遺體也被發現!

隨著警方展開調查,Ruth的私生活逐漸曝光:化了妝的美麗臉龐、散落在公寓地板的酒瓶、暴露的衣著、與許多男人的往來信件,都讓她被定調為「酒醉的淫蕩女子」與不良母親。不願意擺出「失去孩子的母親應有的樣子」的她,使負責案件的天主教警探馬上得出結論:Ruth即將離婚,撫養權官司又近在眼前,因此取了孩子的性命──她瞬間成為頭號嫌疑犯!

另一方面,八卦報菜鳥記者Pete為了成名,也對命案展開追查。但隨著他對案件的了解益發深入,他認為Ruth不只是警方和媒體所塑造的蛇蠍美人。Pete開始懷疑一切:Ruth真的殘忍謀殺了兩個孩子嗎?還是她只不過在不對的時間,出現在不對的地點?又或者,暗中有股邪惡勢力作用著……?

"A phenomenal achievement."---Jeffery Deaver

"A gem of a whodunit."---Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl


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.
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