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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (182 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Loehfelm Narrator: Reneé Raudman Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN:
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Maureen Coughlin is in a rut. At twenty-nine, the strong Staten Island native fears she may become a lifer at the Narrows, the faux-swank bar where she waits tables five nights a week. Nursing a strained relationship with her mother, she tries to find ambition in the little things - a gym membership, a plan to return to school, a dash of cocaine before work - but there's no denying that she's stuck.

Then, leaving work one night, Maureen walks in on a tryst between her coworker Dennis and Frank Sebastian, a silver-haired aspiring politician. Fearing repercussions, Sebastian forces her into silence, and Maureen is more than happy to forget what she's seen - until Dennis turns up dead on the train tracks the next morning. In her search for answers, Maureen finds new meaning in her life. But before she can track down Frank Sebastian, he tracks down her mother. Soon, Maureen is bouncing from one corner of Staten Island to the other, trying to protect her mother while staying one step ahead of Sebastian.

With The Devil She Knows, Bill Loehfelm has written a pitch-black thriller that evokes the grit of Staten Island in a fresh, compulsively readable voice, with a heroine every inch as tough as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander. This is a breakout novel by a writer that Publishers Weekly has praised for his superb prose and psychological insights.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen Achilles | 2/11/2014

    " OK, it was a freebie, but even that didn't make me like it that much. Parts were good, but the bad guy was so over the top bad, he was kind of like a Dr. Evil character, but not funny, just dull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Wallace Projansky | 2/9/2014

    " This book was an exciting fast paced thriller with a spunky, but flawed heroine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Letticia | 1/24/2014

    " I really liked this novel. It is a page turner and had me hooked quickly upon starting it. At times it did seem to lag when Maureen(protagonist) pontificates her life and her choices. I was often frustrated with Maureen because she seems so self-involved, even when danger presents itself to those she loves. I kept wondering when she was going to grow up and realize that life is not only about her and that her good intentions put others in direct danger. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chad | 1/20/2014

    " The first 80 pages could have been condensed to 20. I gave up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 1/20/2014

    " Loehfelm's noirish suspense novel revolves around a memorable trio of characters. Maureen Coughlin is tough, canny, and proud. She's in dead-end waitressing job, struggling mightily to make ends meet. She's a little hard to like and make some poor choices, but Loehfelm gets the reader well inside her head, so even her worst behavior is believable, and, at least from her character's perspective, understandable. One night she sees state senatorial candidate Frank Sebastian in a compromising situation, and her life starts to come off its rails. Sebastian is as repulsive character as I've encountered in fiction recently: a sadistic, brutish, misogynist. Before I moved to Massachusetts I never would have believed such a man could hope to stand for office, and some of what Sebastian gets up to strains my credibility even so. But he's vividly drawn for sure. Detective Nat Waters is perhaps the most standard figure of the central trio: the bitter, aging cop with a complex, tarnished history. But he gets a bit more character depth than many such figures, and it's interesting to see him from Coughlin's perspective rather than as the primary viewpoint character. I didn't think it was perfect. Coughlin is very ambivalent about whether and how far she can trust Waters; her flip-flopping wears a little thin. Loehfelm telegraphs a few of the thematic and plot points a little too far in advance, robbing the impact of a few twists. And near the end it goes kinda over-the-top and verges on the cartoonish. But it was plenty suspenseful nonetheless; up to the last few pages I wasn't sure if Loehfelm was the sort of writer who lets his sympathetic characters out of the novel more-or-less intact, or the type who eradicates their world in an all-out bloodbath. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliet | 1/12/2014

    " Excellent characterisation, pacy narrative, exciting twists, engaging plot development. Highly recommended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn | 12/13/2013

    " A nice fast paced book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kersten | 11/4/2013

    " Starts out strong but gets slow. Confusing in the middle. I do like the ending - ONLY reason it got 3 stars. Otherwise more of a 2 star book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda Friedrich | 9/11/2013

    " Mediocre, nothing thrilling or suspenseful in this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tyra Wilson | 8/13/2013

    " was kinda slow getting to the goodstuff, i couldnt finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorraine Benedict | 8/10/2013

    " Terrific story. Charachters to root for in an unlikey setting-Staten Island, New York. Well worth the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 7/1/2013

    " only ok, the main character spent so much time smoking i felt like i could smell it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 12/26/2012

    " Very different. Love the main character with all her flaws and past history. A page turner. Good characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeri | 11/15/2012

    " Interesting book. Dragged in parts but very much held my attention. Will be reading more by him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 11/11/2012

    " Good writing, a strong beginning and ending, but I had a difficult time staying focused, or even interested, for much of the character-driven story in between. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/8/2012

    " Liked the story. Last half of book was very good. Unfortunately just couldn't like the main character which made it a difficult book in the beginning "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 4/4/2012

    " No real likable characters. It did keep moving although not fast paced "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benita | 2/12/2012

    " I needed a good crime novel for my trip and this one totally fit the bill. I like a female protagonist that is smart and gritty. There were some of the easy "don't go in there!" moments but it was a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/25/2011

    " I really enjoyed it. One of those books that you can picture as a movie while you're reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy Plonka | 10/19/2011

    " Wonderful book, not so much a mystery as a great character sketch with a decided literary bent. A very simple plot beautifully presented "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Jonathan Deutsch | 9/21/2011

    " Taut and tight and a swift read. Unique story line with enough familiar concepts to make it real. It has it all. Good and bad guys, a damsel in distress and .... well, that's for you to find out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen | 6/28/2011

    " OK, it was a freebie, but even that didn't make me like it that much. Parts were good, but the bad guy was so over the top bad, he was kind of like a Dr. Evil character, but not funny, just dull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 6/2/2011

    " This book was an exciting fast paced thriller with a spunky, but flawed heroine.
    "

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About the Author
Author Bill Loehfelm

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.