In her stunning debut, Melissa Ginsburg has found in Houston what earlier noir writers found in Los Angeles: a dark netherworld of sin, violence, and blighted souls. Sunset City is sexy, disturbing, intense, and, at times, movingly poignant. Ron Rash, author of Serena and Above the Waterfall
Danielle Reeves was Charlotte Ford s most loyal and vibrant friend.She helped Charlotte through her mother s illness and death, and opened up about her own troubled family.The two friends were inseparable, reveling in Houston s shadowy corners. But Danielle s addiction got the best of her and she went to prison for four years.When she gets out, she and Charlotte reconnect.Charlotte hopes this is a new start for their friendship.
Then a detective shows up at Charlotte s apartment. Danielle has been murdered, bludgeoned to death.
Overwhelmed by grief, Charlotte is determined to understand how the most alive person she has ever known could end up dead. The deeper Charlotte descends into Danielle s dark world, the less she understands.Was Danielle a hapless victim or master manipulator? Was she really intent on starting over, or was it all an act? To find the truth, Charlotte must keep her head clear and her guard up.Houston has a way of feeding on bad habits, and Charlotte doesn t want to get swallowed whole.
Melissa Ginsburg has written a taut, erotically charged novel of friendship, desire, loyalty and redemption that will leave you breathless.
Advance Praise For Sunset City
Melissa Ginsburg sSunset Cityentrances from its first pages. Suffused with longing, regret, and a twisty eroticism, it s a mystery of character as much as crime, and is literary noir at its most captivating. Megan Abbott, author ofThe FeverandDare Me
Smart and sexy, sexy and smart, this literary crime novel has it all. Melissa Ginsburg understands our darkest secrets and desires, and she s telling what she knows. Tom Franklin, author ofCrooked Letter, Crooked Letter
I am positively agog at this dizzying, addictive novel. A poetic meditation draped in the cloak of noir, an elegy with the heart-pounding pace of a murder mystery, Sunset City is raw, tough, and relentlessly exquisite. Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus
A web of darkness and sunlight traversed by one of the most memorable heroines of recent years, Sunset City suffuses Charlotte Ford s journey with a lyricism and yearning that elevates its genre; bruised and heartbroken and sharp as a band saw, with a sense of place so real you feel the heatwaves off the asphalt. An exciting debut by a crime writer with real heart and wisdom and the language to carry it. Nic Pizzolatto, author of Galveston and creator of HBO s True Detective
Sunset Cityis a boozy stumble through the lower depths of Houston, Texas, that is sometimes scary, sometimes funny, and sometimes unbearably sad, but never less than riveting. Melissa Ginsburg brings a poet s eye and ear to this story of a young woman piecing together the circumstances of a friend s death and depicts the damaged souls who haunt these pages with such grace and empathy that I found myself hoping against hope that at least some of them made it out of this mess alive. Richard Lange, author ofSweet NothingandAngel Baby"e;
Melissa Ginsburg was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of the poetry collection Dear Weather Ghost , and the poetry chapbook “Arbor.” She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.