The Devil in Her Way

A Novel

Maureen Coughlin Series (Volume 2)

Bill Loehfelm

Sarah Crichton Books

When Maureen Coughlin first appeared in The Devil She Knows (2011), the New Orleans Times-Picayune called her “unforgettable” and “the character of the year.” Booklist named The Devil She Knows one of 2011’s ten best thrillers and declared Maureen “as compelling a character as this reviewer expects to see this year.”

Now she’s back in Bill Loehfelm’s new thriller, The Devil in Her Way, and her life has changed in more ways than one: She’s starting over in New Orleans as a newly minted member of the police force.

Kicking off her final week of field training, Maureen takes a punch from a panicked suspect bursting out of an apartment. Her training officer laughs it off, and the incident even yields a small victory: the cops recover a stash of pot and guns. But out on the street, on the fringes of the action, Maureen sees something sinister transpire between two neighborhood boys that leaves her shaken, and she knows there’s more to the story than she’s seen. As we follow Maureen’s dangerous hunt for answers, Loehfelm leads us around New Orleans’s most hidden corners and into its darkest outposts.

Bill Loehfelm is the real deal—a lauded thriller writer in the modern tradition of Dennis Lehane, Richard Price, and Michael Connelly. He knows the voices of his city. Like Lehane’s Boston, Price’s New York City, or Connelly’s Los Angeles, Loehfelm’s New Orleans leaps off the page, as vibrant, flawed, and unruly as his reborn, fire-hearted protagonist. In The Devil in Her Way, Loehfelm’s talents flourish, and the result is a ruthless and propulsive thriller.


Read an Excerpt

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


Praise for The Devil in Her Way

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

In the Press

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.
- Criminal Element
The Devil in Her Way
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  • Bill Loehfelm

  • Bill Loehfelm is the author of The Devil She Knows, Bloodroot, and Fresh Kills. 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

    Maureen Coughlin Series

    Bill Loehfelm