The Devil She Knows

The Devil She Knows

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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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's 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."

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374136529
Branch Call Number: LOEHF
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 24 cm.

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Dec 22, 2013

I've yet to read the book. Grew up on StatNisland (the proper way to say it). The cover shows a station of the Staten Island Rapid Transit -- I recognize the stair type. It could be one of several stations. Yes, they do look like that.

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