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The Devil's Muse

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The Devil's Muse

Maureen Coughlin Series, Book 5

A Southern Indie Bookseller Alliance 2017 Summer OKRA pick!
One of Kirkus Review's "11 Thrillers That Will Keep You Awake This Summer"
Watch the trailer for The Devil's Muse here: https://vimeo.com/224000865

In the thrilling fifth book in the critically acclaimed series that's "edgy, dangerous, but pulsing with life" (Bill Ott, Booklist), a Mardi Gras parade turns deadly.

It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans and rookie cop Maureen Coughlin has no idea what she's in for. Her night working the parades begins calmly enough—until a half-naked man careens through the crowd and throws himself onto the hood of an oncoming SUV. As she tries to deal with the incident amid the pulsing chaos of the parade, Maureen hears gunshots. Moments later, with three wounded and a handful of drunken witnesses, Maureen has a full-fledged investigation on her hands. Who was the shooter? Who was he after? Who's the next target? City bigwigs begin pressuring Maureen and her crew for quick answers. And with an amateur camera crew intent on capturing "the real Mardi Gras" for their YouTube channel, an incompetent supervising detective, and tense race relations in a city more likely to mistrust cops than ever, it's going to be a very long night—and a memorable first Mardi Gras—for Maureen.

With The Devil's Muse, the acclaimed crime writer Bill Loehfelm conjures rowdy New Orleans in all its mess and marvel, and sends Maureen deep into the city on another wild, high-octane adventure.

A Southern Indie Bookseller Alliance 2017 Summer OKRA pick!
One of Kirkus Review's "11 Thrillers That Will Keep You Awake This Summer"
Watch the trailer for The Devil's Muse here: https://vimeo.com/224000865

In the thrilling fifth book in the critically acclaimed series that's "edgy, dangerous, but pulsing with life" (Bill Ott, Booklist), a Mardi Gras parade turns deadly.

It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans and rookie cop Maureen Coughlin has no idea what she's in for. Her night working the parades begins calmly enough—until a half-naked man careens through the crowd and throws himself onto the hood of an oncoming SUV. As she tries to deal with the incident amid the pulsing chaos of the parade, Maureen hears gunshots. Moments later, with three wounded and a handful of drunken witnesses, Maureen has a full-fledged investigation on her hands. Who was the shooter? Who was he after? Who's the next target? City bigwigs begin pressuring Maureen and her crew for quick answers. And with an amateur camera crew intent on capturing "the real Mardi Gras" for their YouTube channel, an incompetent supervising detective, and tense race relations in a city more likely to mistrust cops than ever, it's going to be a very long night—and a memorable first Mardi Gras—for Maureen.

With The Devil's Muse, the acclaimed crime writer Bill Loehfelm conjures rowdy New Orleans in all its mess and marvel, and sends Maureen deep into the city on another wild, high-octane adventure.

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About the Author-
  • Bill Loehfelm is the author of the critically acclaimed series about the New Orleans Police Department rookie Maureen Coughlin, as well as the stand-alone novels Fresh Kills and Bloodroot. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in several anthologies. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, AC Lambeth, a writer and yoga instructor, and their dog. He plays drums in a rock-'n'-roll band.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 1, 2017
    Loehfelm’s low-key fifth novel featuring New Orleans beat cop Maureen Coughlin (after 2016’s Let the Devil Out) finds the native New Yorker and rookie patrol officer working her first Mardi Gras. She has just pulled an emaciated man wearing nothing but hot pink zebra-print tights off the hood of an SUV. He’s obviously under the influence of a powerful hallucinogen, but when gunshots ring out nearby, Coughlin pushes through the crowds to find multiple people injured. Shortly thereafter, she’s notified that the junkie in the tights has died. In the chaotic hours that follow, Coughlin maneuvers through drunken revelers, an annoying street-level journalist with her own camera crew, and warring gang members to connect the mysteries of the shooting and the overdose. Fans of police procedurals will enjoy the grittiness of the narrative, but the relatively easy crime solving and the lack of any substantial character progression make this outing a bit formulaic. Agent: Barney Karpfinger, Karpfinger Agency.

  • Kirkus

    May 1, 2017
    A rookie New Orleans cop discovers that regular rules don't apply during Mardi Gras, when a shooting sets off a cascading series of violent events.Officer Maureen Coughlin knows working the parade route during Mardi Gras week is unlike any assignment she's had, and as the only newbie to the city's biggest party, she wants to make a good impression not only on her fellow officers, but on the public. Loehfelm (Let the Devil Out, 2016, etc.) simmers the various tensions--racial, police versus civilians, power struggles with the NOPD--like the finest of cooks stirring a pot of gumbo with a bomb in it. The first sign of trouble appears when a young man, high and dressed only in neon leggings, runs directly into an SUV. When Coughlin and her team try to ascertain what he's tripping on, their attention is diverted by the sounds of nearby shots. Reaching the scene, they find carnage: a man bleeding out in the street, a little girl hit in the leg, and an elderly woman drenched in blood on the curb. Making matters worse, there's an omnipresent camera crew, a bunch of YouTube documentarians trying to capture the "real" Mardi Gras. Once a suspect is identified and Coughlin takes off after him, the true mayhem begins, when she realizes the person she proudly apprehends is a known offender but an easy arrest is complicated by an unexpected death on the parade route, in-fighting within the department, and a crowd that's as ready to party as it is to beef with police. Loehfelm doesn't need showy murders or gory scenes to writes crime stories with grit that stay lodged in your brain and get under your skin in the best possible way.

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  • Library Journal

    May 1, 2017

    Following her stint with the FBI, Maureen Coughlin is back on the New Orleans police force. Her new assignment is to keep the peace during Mardi Gras, the Big Easy's greatest and wildest party. Maureen's evening starts with an altercation with a troubled man in pink zebra-striped tights, rapidly followed by a shooting. In the course of one night, Maureen and her fellow patrol cops must manage a crime scene, hunt down the shooter, and cope with thousands of revelers and an in-your-face YouTube documentary crew. The fifth installment in this award-winning series (after Let the Devil Out) is another riveting procedural. Setting, plot, and character are the essential components in this tough, smart crime novel, which effectively ramps up the tension and ties the disparate pieces together into a satisfying whole. VERDICT Mystery aficionados who appreciate strong but flawed female protagonists will want to follow this series. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/17.]--ACT

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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