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Doing the devil's work
Loehfelm, Bill.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Physical Description:
308 pages ; 24 cm
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Julia Boyer Reinstein Library FICTION Adult Fiction Open Shelf
Central Library FICTION Adult Fiction Central Library
Alden Ewell Free Library FICTION Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Audubon Library FICTION Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Hamburg Library FICTION Adult Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library FICTION Adult Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library FICTION Adult Fiction Open Shelf

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A gripping third chapter for one of the most unforgettable and compelling heroines in crime fiction

"You have a temper, Officer Coughlin, and a propensity for violence . . . You're a bit of a hazard. To others. To yourself."

Maureen Coughlin is a bona fide New Orleans cop now, and, with her training days behind her, she likes to think she's getting the lay of the land. Then a mysterious corpse leads to more questions than answers, and a late-night traffic stop goes very wrong. The fallout leaves Maureen contending with troubled friends, fraying loyalties, cop-hating enemies old and new, and an elusive, spectral, and murderous new nemesis--and all the while navigating the twists and turns of a city and a policedepartment infected with dysfunction and corruption.
Bill Loehfelm is a rising star in crime fiction. And his Maureen Coughlin is the perfect protagonist: complicated, strong-willed, sympathetic (except when she's not), and as fully realized in Loehfelm's extraordinary portrayal as the New Orleans she patrols. The first two installments in this series won Loehfelm accolades as well as fans, and Doing the Devil's Work only ups the ante. It's even faster, sharper, and more thrilling than its predecessors. Taut and fiery, vibrant and gritty, and peopled with unforgettable characters, this is the sinuous, provocative story of a good cop struggling painfully into her own.

ABA IndieNext Selection for January, 2015

Author Notes

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

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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Staten Island cocktail waitress turned New Orleans cop Maureen Coughlin returns in her third outing (following The Devil in Her Way, 2013). A officer's daily patrolling can go wrong in an instant, as Coughlin's does when she makes a routine traffic stop and is quickly ensnared in just the kind of escalating case a rookie cop wants to avoid: from murder to domestic terrorism to rampant police corruption. As he's shown in the earlier installments in this series, Loehfelm has a real feel for capturing the nearly impenetrable culture of the NOPD; Coughlin needs all the help she can get to avoid becoming the fall guy in a case no one wants to touch, but whom can she trust? As impressive as his ability to evoke a sense of place is Loehfelm's creation of a lead character of such remarkable depth and complexity. Equal parts toughness, vulnerability, naïveté, and street smarts, Coughlin has clearly established herself as one of the most compelling crime-fiction protagonists to appear in the last five years. She has something of the brashness of Carol O'Connell's Kathy Mallory but is not nearly as loose a cannon; at the same time, her combination of determination and insecurity suggests Lucie Soto, another rookie cop, who shared the lead with Harry Bosch in Michael Connelly's The Burning Room (2014). Above all, though, she is one of a kind. There is no more fascinating beat cop in crime fiction, and when Coughlin earns her detective shield, the genre's A-list stars better start watching their backs.--Ott, Bill Copyright 2015 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Loehfelm's third crime novel featuring the marvelously complex New Orleans police officer Maureen Coughlin (after 2013's The Devil in Her Way) is every bit as good as its standout predecessors, and provides fresh evidence that Maureen merits a long literary life. While Maureen is on routine patrol in a seedy part of town, a sickening smell leads her to the corpse of a white male with his throat slit, in a house that turns out to belong to Caleb Heath, who's the son of a major power broker. Caleb disclaims any knowledge of the dead man, whose body bears a tattoo used by neo-Nazis, and who is subsequently identified as Edgar Cooley, a federal fugitive. The investigation, which may implicate fellow cops, takes several unexpected turns, and Maureen finds herself in morally compromising positions. The often lyrical prose will remind many of the grim, hard-edged style of James Ellroy (e.g., "her empty eyes pointed up at the stars and the wide expanse of indigo sky, her mouth slightly open in surprise." Agent: Barney Karpfinger, Karpfinger Agency. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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