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Gillian Flynn 

When: Wed., May 13, 7:30 p.m. 2009
Flynn reads from her new novel, Dark Places. "I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ," declares Libby Day, the heroine of Gillian Flynn's compelling new thriller. And it's no wonder: At age seven, she was the sole survivor of "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas"--a night of gruesome murders that took the lives of her two sisters (strangled, axed) and mother (knifed and shot in the head). Young Libby's testimony was central to the conviction of her teenage brother, Ben, who's been in prison for the crime for the past 24 years. Like Sharp Objects, Flynn's 2006 debut, Dark Places is deliciously creepy. Now 31 and pretty much a loner, Libby is scraping the bottom of her "Baby Day" charity trust. Loath to get a real job, she thinks she can finagle some cash out of the so-called Kill Club—a group of serial killer/unsolved murder aficionados—when she’s approached to attend a memorabilia show. Some very dedicated club members have pored over the evidence of the case, and they're convinced Ben is innocent. Libby isn't so sure. But spurred on by the club, she develops some doubts and sets out to find the truth. And you will not guess what it is. Flynn follows 250-some pages of masterful plotting and character development with a speedway pileup of pulse-pounding revelations—one WTF! after the next. —Jerome Ludwig

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