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Death of a Dancing Queen:
A Billie Levine Mystery
by Kimberly G. Giarratano

The adult debut by YA mystery author Kimberly G. Giarratano, Death of a Dancing Queen, inaugurates Angry Robot's crime fiction imprint, Datura Books. Billie Levine, a 24-year-old New Jersey PI, takes center stage, although she doesn't yet have the lauded reputation her PI grandfather Billy earned before retirement. That's about to change as she's hired by a wealthy college kid to find his missing girlfriend. While also caring for her Alzheimer-afflicted mother, Billie takes on the Jewish mafia, the entitled rich, drug gangs, skinheads and murder-podcasting groupies--plus an irresistible, lawless ex-boyfriend. Publisher Eleanor Teasdale, who read the book "in one sitting," extols Giarratano's "willingness to be playful with the tropes and rules of the genre and give us a new take on it." Giarratano deftly twists her plot, nonchalantly drops corpses and shrewdly discloses secrets like a seasoned pro. --Terry Hong

(Datura Books/Angry Robot, $17.99 paperback, 9781915202420,
February 14, 2023)

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