The Devil She Knows by Bill Loehfelm audiobook

The Devil She Knows

By Bill Loehfelm
Read by Renée Raudman

Blackstone Publishing 9780374136529
12.78 Hours Unabridged
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An audacious thriller from a major new talent Life isn’t panning out for Maureen Coughlin. At twenty-nine, the tough-skinned Staten Island native’s only excitement comes from—well, not much. A fresh pack of American Spirits, maybe, or a discreet dash of coke before work. If something doesn’t change soon, she’ll end up a “lifer” at the Narrows, the faux-swank bar where she works one long night after another. But just like the island, the Narrows has its seamy side. After work one night, Maureen walks in on a tryst between her co-worker Dennis and Frank Sebastian, a silver-haired politico. When Sebastian demands her silence, Maureen is more than happy to forget what she’s seen—until Dennis turns up dead on the train tracks the next morning. The murder sends Maureen careening out of her stultifying routine and into fast-deepening trouble. Soon she’s on the run through the seedy underbelly of the borough, desperate to stop Sebastian before Dennis’ fate becomes her own. With The Devil She Knows, Bill Loehfelm has written a pitch-black thriller in a fresh, compulsively readable voice, with pages that turn themselves. This is the real deal: a breakout novel by a writer whom Publishers Weekly has praised for his “superb prose and psychological insights.”

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Summary

Summary

An audacious thriller from a major new talent

Life isn’t panning out for Maureen Coughlin. At twenty-nine, the tough-skinned Staten Island native’s only excitement comes from—well, not much. A fresh pack of American Spirits, maybe, or a discreet dash of coke before work. If something doesn’t change soon, she’ll end up a “lifer” at the Narrows, the faux-swank bar where she works one long night after another. But just like the island, the Narrows has its seamy side.

After work one night, Maureen walks in on a tryst between her co-worker Dennis and Frank Sebastian, a silver-haired politico. When Sebastian demands her silence, Maureen is more than happy to forget what she’s seen—until Dennis turns up dead on the train tracks the next morning. The murder sends Maureen careening out of her stultifying routine and into fast-deepening trouble. Soon she’s on the run through the seedy underbelly of the borough, desperate to stop Sebastian before Dennis’ fate becomes her own.

With The Devil She Knows, Bill Loehfelm has written a pitch-black thriller in a fresh, compulsively readable voice, with pages that turn themselves. This is the real deal: a breakout novel by a writer whom Publishers Weekly has praised for his “superb prose and psychological insights.”

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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, New York Times bestselling author
“Bill Loehfelm, a rising star in crime fiction, just keeps rising higher: The Devil She Knows is a taut, knowing story, and Maureen Coughlin is a hero for the ages, a character who jumps off the page and demands the reader’s full attention and empathy from the very start.” Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author
“Loehfelm, who’s written two other thrillers about Staten Island’s underbelly, elevates this rousing tale with riveting characters—especially Maureen, who brandishes a knife as convincingly as she worries about becoming a cat lady.” People
“Loehfelm delivers on the promise of his first two crime novels, Fresh Kills and Bloodroot, with this terrific drama about a barmaid who tangles with a sadistic and well-connected killer…Loehfelm expertly ramps up the suspense, taking the reader on a dark ride.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“At a bar, a tough city girl sees something she really shouldn’t see, and immediately there’s trouble—well-dressed, connected, and brazenly confident trouble. A tough city girl can get out of trouble, right? Not if she’s caught in a dark corner of Staten Island, New York City’s most tribal and secretive borough. So begins Bill Loehfelm’s page-ripping thriller, The Devil She Knows. It’s a fast, rough ride you can’t put down.” Colin Harrison, author of The Finder
“Character drives this follow-up to Loehfelm’s fine Bloodroot; the deeply conflicted Maureen, in particular, is brilliantly developed. She’s tough and street-smart but vulnerable…Even Staten Island, which Loehfelm brilliantly sketched in Bloodroot, becomes a character in this one: seedy, brooding, and sometimes deadly. But, finally, it’s still Maureen, as compelling a character as this reviewer expects to see this year, who makes The Devil She Knows a must for crime-fiction lovers.” Booklist (starred review)
“Loehfelm, who grew up on Staten Island, portrays the street life of New York City’s most tribal borough so vividly that the place emerges not so much as a setting but as a main character in its own right. And he tells his story in an original voice that is by turns gritty and lyrical. The Devil She Knows is a worthy successor to the author’s previous Staten Island novels, Fresh Kills and Bloodroot. Rarely has a crime novelist launched a career with a trio of books that display such superior craftsmanship.” Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Bill Loehfelm

Author Bio: Bill Loehfelm

Bill Loehfelm was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Staten Island. In 1997 he moved to New Orleans. He is the author of the novels Fresh Kills, which won an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and Bloodroot. He lives in New Orleans’ Garden District with his wife, writer A. C. Lambeth.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 12.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English