One of my rels is two years in to the most excellent taste in Christmas book gifts, even though I'm pretty sure he bought it for the cover, which he rightly surmised I would like on sight. I read this in one sitting on Boxing Day. It's about a lady gangster! And her protege! And a homme fatale, a gambler and wastrel. It is noir + Bechdel-passing + female leads and it is fully awesome. Short and punchy and uncompromisingly black. Do you like Chandler and Hammett and Leonard? You should give Abbott a go.