Three Stars for Bill Loehfelm’s DOING THE DEVIL’S WORK

“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. 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.”–Booklist (starred review)

“This series just keeps getting better.”–Kirkus (starred review)

“Loehfelm’s third crime novel featuring the marvelously complex New Orleans police officer Maureen Coughlin is every bit as good as its standout predecessors, and provides fresh evidence that Maureen merits a long literary life … The often lyrical prose will remind many of the grim, hard-edged style of James Ellroy.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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