The Devil in Her Way

A Novel

Maureen Coughlin Series (Volume 2)

Bill Loehfelm

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Maureen Coughlin’s life has changed in more ways than one. She is starting over in New Orleans as a newly minted member of the police force, but her transition from cocktail waitress to cop hasn’t gone as smoothly as she’d hoped. To her commanding officer’s amusement, Maureen kicks off her final week of field training by taking a punch to the face as a panicked suspect flees an apartment building, leaving behind several guns and a stash of pot. But out on the street, on the fringes of the action, Maureen sees something transpire that leaves her shaken, and she’s sure there’s more to this story than meets the eye.

As Maureen embarks on a dangerous hunt for answers, Bill Loehfelm guides us around the Crescent City’s hidden corners and into its darkest outposts. The result is The Devil in Her Way: a propulsive thriller as electrifying as the city itself.

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The punch caught Maureen flush in the temple, striking near her right eye.
The big bony fist drove the rim of her sunglasses into her cheek, knocking them askew but not off, and put a faint buzz in her right ear. She yelped at the blow, a comically loud and clear ouch! A lucky shot, she thought, thrown by a guy she’d been dumb enough to give a free one, to let for half a second step into the blind spot over her shoulder. The punch did get her adrenaline cranked up and pumping double-time, something she hadn’t thought possible, not with the way her skin had

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Praise for The Devil in Her Way

The Devil in Her Way succeeds by placing an intriguing heroine in a fascinating city.”—The Washington Post

“Punches are flying from page one of this electric thriller.”—The Daily Beast

“Beautifully written...[New Orleans] has been the setting for a couple of outstanding crime novels, including James Lee Burke’s The Tin Roof Blowdown and Sara Gran’s quirky Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead. Loehfelm’s The Devil in Her Way measures up to that standard and then some.”—Bruce DeSilva, Associated Press

“Loehfelm’s storytelling shines amid the muted action and the nuance: Maureen gets to know the city she’s up against, and gets a little further along in getting to know herself.”—The New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Excellent...Loehfelm meshes graceful prose with edgy suspense.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Crime aficionados will love The Devil in Her Way.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Bill Loehfelm’s razor-sharp The Devil in Her Way is everything you want a crime novel to be: morally twisty, richly textured, and filled with soul. And perhaps its greatest gift is the battered-but-not-broken Maureen Coughlin, a hero with whom we will go anywhere.”—Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me

The Devil in Her Way is not only Bill Loehfelm’s best book yet—it may just be the best mystery novel to come out of post-Katrina New Orleans since James Lee Burke’s The Tin Roof Blowdown. I can offer no higher praise than to say that I finished it and wanted to read more. A gem.”—John Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath of Angels
 
“Through the eyes of a rookie cop, Bill Loehfelm takes us on a deep, gritty tour of the New Orleans tourists never see. I love The Devil in Her Way and can’t wait for Loehfelm’s next.”—Sara Gran, author of Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway

The Devil in Her Way has it all: rapid-fire pacing, dialogue that crackles, an artful depiction of the streets of New Orleans, and—in Maureen Coughlin—an utterly authentic, memorable protagonist. Bill Loehfelm is a terrific writer.”—Alafair Burke, author of Never Tell

“Bill Loehfelm, a rising star in crime fiction, just keeps rising higher....Maureen Coughlin is a hero for the ages.”—Laura Lippman

Praise for the Devil She Knows:

The Devil She Knows is nothing short of terrific. An absolutely original voice, and a story that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t ever, ever, ever even think of letting go.”—John Lescroart, author of Nothing but the Truth

“A rousing tale with riveting characters.”—People

“The conspiracy in [The Devil She Knows] is on a smaller scale—and is all the more menacing for being so intimate.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Maureen Coughlin [is] the character of the year.”—The New Orleans Times-Picayune


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New Orleans is the backdrop for author Bill Loehfelm's second Maureen Coughlin thriller, 'The Devil In Her Way' | NOLA.com
Coughlin is the most engaging cop to work the Crescent City since James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux.
- The Times-Picayune

This Week’s Hot Reads: April 29, 2013 - The Daily Beast
From a young girl’s real-life diary of her time in a concentration camp, to John le Carré’s new novel taking on the war on terror.
- The Daily Beast

Fresh Meat: The Devil in Her Way by Bill Loehfelm
The Devil in Her Way by Bill Loehfelm is the follow-up to The Devil She Knows, featuring Maureen Coughlin as a New Orleans cop. By Neliza Drew.
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Bill Loehfelm

Bill Loehfelm is the author of The Devil She Knows, Bloodroot, and Fresh Kills, the first winner of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, the writer AC Lambeth. He plays drums in the Ibervillains, a rock-and-soul cover band.

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The Devil in Her Way
A Novel
Bill Loehfelm

Trade Paperback

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Picador
May 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250050083
ISBN10: 1250050081
5 9/16 x 8 11/16 inches, 288 pages
$15.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Sarah Crichton Books
April 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374298852
ISBN10: 0374298858
6 x 9 inches, 288 pages
$26.00

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e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Sarah Crichton Books
April 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466836808
ISBN10: 1466836806
288 pages
$9.99
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