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Serious As a Heart Attack

A Novel

About The Book

Queenie Sells is having what she thinks is a good day. After getting fired from her job at a calendar company for botching daylight saving time, she lands a job offer from a wealthy acquaintance who's trying to track down his girlfriend, a stripper named Trigger Happy. Sounds easy enough -- until Queenie finds Trigger dead in her own apartment.
Now that she's become both suspect for the murder and the target for an unknown predator, Queenie's on the run. Hopping from bar to bar, from Coney Island clam stands to the Waldorf-Astoria, she inadvertently lands on the trail of Trigger's killer, putting herself in the line of fire. Along the way she meets Rey, a private eye with a soft spot for tough-talking ladies; Detective Olds, the stuttering cop who thinks Queenie's the culprit; and a dozen New York denizens -- some strange, some sad, some sweet, and some deadly, every one dropping in and out of Queenie's life as she searches for each fragile piece of the puzzle that may eventually lead her to the truth -- before the next body that turns up is her own.

About The Author

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Louisa Luna is the author of Brave New Girl and Crooked. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (May 17, 2005)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743466615

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Raves and Reviews

"[A] fresh, original voice in fiction...[Luna] has created a disturbing but always engaging anti-heroine in Queenie Sells."
-- Amy Sohn, author of Run Catch Kiss

"A shot of Raymond Chandler, two shots of Richard Brautigan, and a twist of riot grrl, neat, no chaser. Louisa Luna puts the gritty gum back in gumshoe with Queenie Sells."
-- Sean Doolittle, author of Burn

"A wild, raunchy, darkly funny ride around the New York of sliders, beer, and flirtations with various forms of danger."
-- Alisa Kwitney, author of Does She or Doesn't She?

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