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The Devil She Knows (edition 2011)

by Bill Loehfelm, Renee Raudman (Reader)

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Member:snora
Title:The Devil She Knows
Authors:Bill Loehfelm
Other authors:Renee Raudman (Reader)
Info:Blackstone Audio, Inc. (2011), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:thriller, Staten Island

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The devil she knows by Bill Loehfelm

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I finished this book last week and was completely blown away. It was one of those books that kept you literally and figuratively on the edge.

After catching her boss and an up and coming politician in a rather compromised position, Maureen just wants to forget everything. Unfortunately, Sebastian is not one to take any chances and when Dennis, Maureen's boss is found dead on the tracks, her biggest concern is no longer groping customers who don't tip enough.

Maureen is an incredibly believable character. She's not perfect, has a bit of a drinking problem, is run down at twenty nine from working endless at a bar, and she's strong. Even when she makes mistakes, she is resilient and doesn't expect to be coddled.

Nat Waters, the detective on Maureen's unofficial case is wonderful. He goes above and beyond the norm and genuinely wants to save Maureen. (In a fatherly way.) He also has a bit of a dark history. And for him, catching Sebastian is personal.

Sebastian is a wonderful bad guy. He left my skin crawling everything he entered a scene and I was just counting down until he was ruined.

This was a truly great read. I look forward to picking up Bill Loehfelm's other novels now.

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  Ashley_McElyea | Dec 15, 2013 |
The Devil could be the darkness inside the characters in this book. Maureen, a late twenties waitress. Amber, her mother, never moved on from being abandoned by her husband eighteen years earlier. Nat Waters, a broken down New York City Detective, who buried his regrets in his job and never looked back. Dennis, Tanya, Vic...owned by something they can no longer control. All of them broken, exhausted, tired of a life that they felt they couldn't change because of choices made long ago.
Or the Devil could be Francis Jordan Sebastian. The man that owned them all, in different ways and for different reasons, but owned them not the less.
There area lot of devils to choose from in The Devil She Knows.

This book was wonderfully balanced with descriptive writing, deep and complicated characters, good dialogue, and a plot that was not particularly complicated but sufficiently gritty to satisfy readers.
What I enjoyed the most was protagonist Maureen Coughlin. She was merely surviving, defining success as scraping by waiting tables while leading an empty life surrounded by empty people. Because she saw something she shouldn't have, something that she gladly would've forgotten, she became the focus of an evil, homicidal, man. But she took control of her life, her destiny; she decided she would no longer settle for the emptiness of just getting by. ( )
  glichman | Apr 27, 2013 |
The Devil could be the darkness inside the characters in this book. Maureen, a late twenties waitress. Amber, her mother, never moved on from being abandoned by her husband eighteen years earlier. Nat Waters, a broken down New York City Detective, who buried his regrets in his job and never looked back. Dennis, Tanya, Vic...owned by something they can no longer control. All of them broken, exhausted, tired of a life that they felt they couldn't change because of choices made long ago.
Or the Devil could be Francis Jordan Sebastian. The man that owned them all, in different ways and for different reasons, but owned them not the less.
There area lot of devils to choose from in The Devil She Knows.

This book was wonderfully balanced with descriptive writing, deep and complicated characters, good dialogue, and a plot that was not particularly complicated but sufficiently gritty to satisfy readers.
What I enjoyed the most was protagonist Maureen Coughlin. She was merely surviving, defining success as scraping by waiting tables while leading an empty life surrounded by empty people. Because she saw something she shouldn't have, something that she gladly would've forgotten, she became the focus of an evil, homicidal, man. But she took control of her life, her destiny; she decided she would no longer settle for the emptiness of just getting by. ( )
  glichman | Dec 15, 2012 |
A Staten Island waitress sees something she shouldn't see and finds herself up against a corrupt powerful politician who won't stop at murder. Maureen is a feisty woman, determined to outplay men twice her size as she is drawn deeper and deeper into their dangerous lives. Very well drawn characters and a gripping plot kept me reading all day and well into the night. ( )
  loosha | Aug 16, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374136521, Hardcover)

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.”

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:28:48 -0400)

Struggling with a dead-end job and a strained relationship with her mother, Maureen witnesses a gay encounter between a co-worker and an aspiring politician and is threatened into silence, a situation that is complicated by the co-worker's suspicious death.… (more)

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