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The devil she knows
Bill Loehfelm
Adult Fiction LOEHFEL

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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. When 29-year-old Maureen Coughlin catches her boss, Dennis, in a sexual tryst with a local politician, Frank Sebastian, early one morning after her shift at the Narrows, a Staten Island bar, Maureen tries to forget what she saw. But the discovery of Dennis's body later that day on nearby train tracks ensures that she can't put the incident behind her. Sebastian begins to stalk Maureen, leaving threatening messages and sending men to break into her house. With the help of aging detective Nat Waters, who has some secrets of his own, Maureen tries to fight back. Loehfelm expertly ramps up the suspense, taking the reader on a dark ride, not just through the seedier side of Staten Island but into Nat Waters's own past, when he and Sebastian were young cops. Author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Maureen Coughlin is ready for a change. After almost a decade of cocktail waitressing in Staten Island, she acknowledges that her life has stalled. What happened to her plans for college? A career? Determined to change her trajectory, she sets off for her night shift with a new future in mind. Unfortunately, fate has other plans. After a night of heavy drinking and a few lines of coke, Maureen stumbles upon a scene that puts her in danger. After years of a misanthropic lifestyle, she realizes that she must reach out to others for aid. Verdict Loehfelm (Fresh Kills; Bloodroot) weaves a high-action tale of suspense and intrigue. A gutsy heroine who rings true, a corrupt politician, and the seedy underbelly of New York nightlife all combine for a pleasurable read. This character-driven novel with a strong sense of place will find mass appeal with fans of the suspense genre. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/10.]-Amy Nolan, St. Joseph P.L., MI. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Maureen Coughlin
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Age: 29
Feels stuck in a rut; discovers a secret relationship between a coworker and a politican; investigating the death of the politican.
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