The Devil She Knows: A Novel

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Macmillan, May 24, 2011 - Fiction - 336 pages
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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."

 

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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 ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter One
3
Chapter Two
13
Chapter Three
22
Chapter Four
38
Chapter Five
44
Chapter Six
50
Chapter Seven
60
Chapter Eight
67
Chapter Seventeen
187
Chapter Eighteen
202
Chapter Nineteen
208
Chapter Twenty
225
Chapter TwentyOne
236
Chapter TwentyTwo
252
Chapter TwentyThree
267
Chapter TwentyFour
273

Chapter Nine
73
Chapter Ten
90
Chapter Eleven
101
Chapter Twelve
117
Chapter Thirteen
131
Chapter Fourteen
146
Chapter Fifteen
153
Chapter Sixteen
169
Chapter TwentyFive
288
Chapter TwentySix
301
Chapter TwentySeven
311
Chapter TwentyEight
316
Acknowledgments
321
A Note About the Author
323
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About the author (2011)

Bill Loehfelm is the author of Fresh Kills, the first winner of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and another novel, Bloodroot. He was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Staten Island; he lives in New Orleans with his wife, the writer AC Lambeth.

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