Shot in Detroit

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$15.00  $13.95
Polis Books
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5.4 X 0.7 X 8.4 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author
Patricia Abbott is the author of more than 100 stories in print, online, and in various anthologies, including Needle Mag, The Thrilling Detective, Plots With Guns, Spinetingler, and ThugLit. In 2009 she won a Derringer Award for her story My Hero. She is the author of two ebooks of stories: Monkey Justice and Home Invasion (through Snubnose Press). Her debut novel, Concrete Angel, was released by Polis Books in summer 2015. She is the coeditor of Discount Noir (Unteed Reads). She makes her home in Detroit. Follow her on Twitter at @pattinaseabbott.

"Perceptive...makes some telling points about the sometimes questionable relationship between art and morality."
--Publishers Weekly

"An assured mystery centering on artistry and the price that can be paid for it."

"A fresh look at the disintegration of Detroit as seen through the lens of a camera...a detailed account of one woman battling her inner demons against the backdrop of a city that is doing the same."
--Library Journal

"Abbott's ability to create living, breathing characters is nothing short of astounding...A spot-on description of a once proud but now struggling city...a compelling snapshot of the human condition."
--Mystery Scene

"An excellent book...Sometimes the best crime fiction can surprise you in ways you didn't expect, giving you insight not only into the mind of a character but in yourself as well."
--Do Some Damage

Praise for CONCRETE ANGEL by Patricia Abbott

"This is a gripping psychological thriller...will draw fans of the late Ruth Rendell as well as Paula Hawkins' The Girl on the Train."

"With cool, compelling prose, CONCRETE ANGEL reveals the menace that lurks beneath a mother's charming facade. An absorbing novel by an unusually fine writer."
--Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author of CHINA LAKE andTHE MEMORY COLLECTOR

"(An) enthralling, dark debut novel...It's a potent and at times poignant combination. Those who enjoy suspenseful, atmospheric family drama will find much to love here."
--Library Journal (starred review)

"Christine's mother Eve is sharp, beautiful, charismatic... and a murderous sociopath. Their complicated and heartbreaking relationship is explored in CONCRETE ANGEL -- a riveting depiction of family ties and how they can bind, ensnare, strangle."
--Alison Gaylin, USA Today bestselling author

"CONCRETE ANGEL is debut novelist Patti Abbott's exquisitely rendered character study of a manipulative mother over two decades. Eve is a woman obsessed - but how will our narrator, Eve's only daughter, respond as her childhood innocence is taken away? Abbott exhibits a pitch-perfect precision with both language and setting in capturing the tragic world of a mid-century Pennsylvania family."
--Edgar Award-winning author Naomi Hirahara

"A fresh, original voice telling a story that's probably, in broad outline if not detail, more common than we know. But what detail! From the opening sentence, a grabber."
--SJ Rozan, Edgar-winning author (as Sam Cabot) of SKIN OF THE WOLF

"The characters in Abbott's debut novel are fully realized." --Kirkus Reviews

"Derringer award winning author Patricia Abbott came up through the hard-boiled online webzines sharpening her skills in a medium that, more often than not, features lurid plots, graphic violence, and twist endings for shock value. Ms. Abbott found her own distinct voice building her storylines on tainted relationships, intricate, emotive reveals and endings, often, with no tidy wind-ups but satisfying conclusions nonetheless. CONCRETE ANGEL is a culmination of her very best and is not to be missed." --Criminal Element

"CONCRETE ANGEL is a noir novel unlike anything you've ever read. Abbott has a new voice that's both chilling and shocking."
--Sandra Scoppetone, award-winning author of the Lauren Laurano series