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The Devil in Her Way: A Novel (Maureen Coughlin #2)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  203 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
When Maureen Coughlin first appeared in The Devil She Knows (2011), the New Orleans Times-Picayune called her “unforgettable” and “the character of the year.” Booklist named The Devil She Knows one of 2011’s ten best thrillers and declared Maureen “as compelling a character as this reviewer expects to see this year.”

Now she’s back in Bill Loehfelm’s new thriller, The Devil
ebook, 288 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Sarah Crichton Books (first published 2011)
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Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Devil in Her Way

I HAVE FOUND MY NEW FAVORITE AUTHOR AND SERIES!!! This is everything and more than I could have hoped for. This series is so refreshing, it is exactly what I wanted and it delivered. I hope Bill Loehfelm keeps this series going for at least twenty years. I love everything about it. Maureen Coughlin is certainly going to be a true New Orleanian and Preacher has New Orleans in his blood. There is many and not so many characters just like him in New Orleans which will only reall
Matt Peters
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked watching Maureen develop as a character and learning to become a cop in this book. Even though he's now writing about a police officer, Loehfelm stuck with his regular-working-class-person-in-over-their-head element I love in his other books. She's not the know-it-all, super-slick super-cop. She's a trainee screwing up just about everything she touches! Very real and relate-able.

The plot of this story develops well and is intricate. It doesn't feel forced or contrived. The crimes a
Katie Lambert
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Even though this is the second book of the series, the owner of Tubby & Coo's Bookshop recommended I read it first, as it is set in New Orleans. I'm so glad I did! I loved the protagonist, Maureen Coughlin; she's resilient, tough, stubborn, and smart. She's also quick-tempered, proud and damaged, which makes for a very intriguing character; her decisions throughout the novel never ceased to interest me.

The story takes place after she completes NOPD training academy and is very close to fini
Jordan Rosenberg
Have to be honest I went to Tulane so I knew just about all the places they described in the book. Even still I like the character of Maureen and I will keep reading this series. And I am not the series type of reader. But I liked seeing how she was treated and dealt with being a pleb cop.
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in this series takes some unlikely turns because the setting changes from Staten Island to New Orleans and the main character no longer snorts cocaine or serves drinks in seedy bars, but has mostly cleaned up her act and is now a rookie cop on the NO police force (the blurb about the author at the end of the book indicates that he made a similar change in residence). While the changes diminish the sense that this is a series, the author skillfully utilizes the new location and th ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Bill Loehfelm The Devil In Her Way Review

Bill Loehfelm's "The Devil In Her Way," a page-turning thriller following impulsive NOPD rookie Maureen Coughlin, is a perfect love letter to New Orleans.

New Orleans author Bill Loehfelm has lived in this city longer than me, but he is also a transplant. People who move to New Orleans from elsewhere often romanticize the city, and writers especially like to spend their first few years in town writing love letters to the city, to the smell of sweet olive and jasmine, to the beautiful brokenness
May 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like this character, and the writing style is strong enough, but this book is 90% character development and 10% plot. You could tell this story in 12 pages. Book one was a stronger plot. I will check out book three because now I'm curious if he can sustain the pace.
True Detective meets T.J. Hooker
Heather Locklear as Maureen
William Shatner as Preacher

Reads like an episode of True Detective on HBO.
I can taste the heat, the humidity, the scent of New Orleans unwashed.
A good quick book set in New Orleans post Katrina.
3 1/2 stars
Jul 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
rather than try putting books in a 'not interested' folder, I'm going to claim I read them and give a low rating. Putting in not interested, the algorithm seems to think I like the book.
Jim Willse
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I can't get enough of this series. Took No. 3 out of the library before finishing No. 2. Loehfelm is a terrific writer, period. Not just a mystery writer. His characters are beautifully drawn, starting with his protagonist, Maureen Coughlin, but including secondary ones such as Maureen's mom and the Falstaffian Preacher Boyd. He has a magnificent sense of place -- Staten Island and its bars in the first book, New Orleans and its flood-stained streets in the second -- and a great ear for how real ...more
George Lichman
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Maureen Coughlin returns as the heroine of the newest Bill Loehfelm novel, The Devil in Her Way. Maureen made her first appearance in Mr. Loehfelm’s last novel, The Devil She Knows, as a late twenties bartender on Staten Island. She was tired, older than her age, with no plans to move forward. When she saw something she shouldn't have, she became embroiled in a power struggle amongst powerful people. She learned the hard way that she could only count on herself.

At the end of The Devil She Kno
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having not read any Bill Loehfelm before "The Devil in Her Way" I asked a friend that reads a lot of suspense if she had heard of him, she hadn't. When I began to describe the main female character (In fact that is how I got - female protagonist - she rolled her eyes and went on to say how bored she got reading suspense where a 98 pound 5"2 woman takes down 30 men without a bruise and solves the mystery in no time. I said "It's not like that at all".

Maureen Coughlin was first introduced in "The
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Face au Mal est un roman policier qui met en scène Maureen, qui a aperçu Sebastian, un homme politique connu, dans une position gênante. Dès lors, Sebastian fera tout pour impressionner Maureen et il la traque inlassablement pour la réduire au silence, laissant derrière lui morts et menaces.

Maureen de son côté n’avait déjà pas une vie facile avant cet incident. Serveuse de nuit dans un bar, elle peine à finir les fins de mois et travaille d’arrache-pied pour s’offrir une vie meilleure. Mais elle
Mike Cuthbert
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is interesting in its own right but also as an example of how form in a novel can take on another function. Loehfelm constructs his novel through his protagonist, a rookie cop in New Orleans, Maureen Coughlin. The time frame is post-Katrina so there is the opportunity to tell the story of the reclamation of parts of the city while giving ample chance for depictions of the problems still remaining. Using a rookie female cop allows ample treatment of a rookie’s problems with adjusting t ...more
Gloria Feit
Maureen Coughlin made her initial fictional appearance in “The Devil She Knows.” Now, at the age of 30, after being a waitress for nine years, living through a series of unrewarding relationships, and residing with her mother on Staten Island, she decides to become a cop. When the test for the NYPD is postponed, she applies and is accepted for the police academy in New Orleans. And that’s where this novel begins, with Maureen serving her probationary trial period under the tutelage of Preacher B ...more
Reviewed for Library Journal.

Maureen Coughlin, gutsy heroine of The Devil She Knows, has changed her career and locale hoping to start anew. No longer a cocktail waitress on Staten Island, NY, she has moved to New Orleans and recently graduated from the police academy. Paired with the irascible Preacher Boyd as her training officer, she is determined to prove herself. Responding to her first domestic dispute, Maureen ends up putting a suspect in the hospital and garnering the attention of three
Dan Downing
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two of Loehfelm's previous three books were read by me before I started using Goodreads. One simply can't read everything the moment it comes out. I still have two of his on the shelf and will be pleased when they come to hand.
As with all good writers, he has improved along the way; I trust that improvement will continue. The present volume is a follow-up to his first "Devil" book. This one shows that character counts. In "The Devil She Knows", Loehfelm's protagonist lived and had a harrowing ex
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this fast paced novel. It's a crime/mystery story with a great setting and an interesting main character. I hadn't read the previous one, which I need to do immediately(!), but you don't have to in order to fully enjoy this book. Set in New Orleans, you really get to feel the relief and angst that Maureen has when she moves to the city. it's a new beginning for her filled with both anticipation and trepidation. Newly minted from the police academy she had to learn the streets in ...more
Lucy Crowe
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This writer has a gift for what is called grit lit, one of my all time favorite genres. Loehfelm lets the reader see his characters as they are - smokers, addicts, sinners and saints - without any whitewash; he manages to make this not only palatable but completely desirable, so that to leave this world and go to another is a sad occasion. Maureen is a beautifully layered character, flawed and heroic at once, and, in fact, all of Loehfelm's characters are complex in a way that makes them very hu ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
It was a very good move to make the protagonist new to the city of New Orleans, as it allowed Mr. Loehfelm to look at the city through new eyes.

He does a great job of capturing the despair of the Black community in NO, especially after the storm, and of the easy way young Black men get killed there.

The casual corruption of the NOPD cannot be avoided, and the author doesn't, but manages to give it a Caribbean flair, and make it just one more way to get things done in a city that is not physically
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is more about the training of rookie NOPD officer Maureen Coughlin than it is a crime novel, but that's not a bad thing. The relationship between eager, ambitious, bright, motivated Maureen and Preacher, her training officer, is really well written. Preacher is a street wise veteran, laid back and low key, but he knows how to get things done and he knows how to read and guide Maureen.

There is some crime, what starts as a call out on a domestic violence case leads to two murders and the
Anthony Cherrier
Au tout début nous retrouvons Maureen, jeune serveuse qui se retrouve dans une drôle de situation et encore plus une nuit à son travail. Le lendemain, elle va apprendre la mort de son patron Dennis. Son ami John en lui racontant tout va essayer de l'aider grace à un ami flic. Et ensuite une course poursuite entre la personnage principale Maureen et un homme va se mettre en place. J'ai particulièrement aimé ce livre malgré le manque d'originalité de l'histoire. J'ai hâte de lire le tome suivant : ...more
Andy Weston
It seems like this would be just another police procedural, but it most certainly isn't.

Loehfelm has created a young police woman whose character combines with post-Katherine New Orleans to make this novel special. His writing is compulsive and may be called 'noir' by some, but it deals with the underside of the Big Easy and has uniqueness in that respect also.

I have read this out of sync, as it is book two in the series. It doesn't matter at all, and simply makes me keener to pick up the firs
Heather Fineisen
Bill Loehfelm has created a cast of memorable characters that I can't wait to read more about. New Orleans police trainee Maureen Coughlin and her veteran officer trainer Preacher riff off of one another like the city's own jazz. Loehfelm paints a city on these pages full of history and heartbreak as it still grapples with identity from Katrina. A great read and a great start for Officer Coughlin, and I will eagerly be following her progress.

Received from Net galley.
The Advocate
"The book is a sequel to the 2011 'The Devil She Knows,' but prior reading is not required to understand this novel. Those seeking a fast-paced thriller may be disappointed, but Loehfelm delivers vivid descriptions, a thoughtful look at New Orleans’ lingering recovery from Hurricane Katrina, and an emotionally and physically realistic female protagonist."
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May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now I HAVE to go back and read The Devil in Her Way!! I must get the back history on Maureen....very interesting character, and I enjoyed being with her as she began to learn the culture of New Orleans. Hope to get to know her better in the New York setting, and looking forward to another New Orleans story - Bill, did you tell me you have another NOLA story to publish about Maureen when you signed my copy of "The Devil in Her Way" at Jazz Fest??
Lisa Schaad
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read from this author. It's the second book in the series for the main character, Maureen. The book is believable and a quick read. My biggest complaint/comment is the language. Typically the language in a book does not offend me, however, this book was slightly offensive as far as the language.

It's a dramatic read. Not laughs or chuckles while I was reading it.

Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading Bill Loehfelm's novel "The Devil In Her Way" excellent read with an unforgettable heroine & me jonesing for a frozen cafe au lait from Cafe du Monde. Named one of the ten best crime novels of 2011 this adventure will not disappoint. I think my heart will always have a place there.

Alison Wallace Projansky
I enjoyed this book until the end, when it failed to resolve so many issues. A complete set up for the next one in the series. It is set in New Orleans when the heroine Maureen Coughlin (from The Devil She Knows) is a rookie cop. Too bad Loehfelm didn't tie this one up like the first book, but I will probably read the sequel...just be prepared for loose ends.
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent introduction to Maureen's new life in New Orleans. Loved her mentor, Preacher, and wee cameos for her Mum and her new beau, the cop who heed Maureen out in New York. Slightly less pace than Devil She Knows, but setting up new scenarios always requires some time spent scene setting. A map of Nola in the end or forward papers would be awesome!
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Praise for the Maureen Coughlin series:

“Not only has Loehfelm created the most compelling, complex patrol cop in the genre—part take-no-prisoners badass, part too-sensitive-for-the street rookie—he has also re-energized New Orleans as a setting for the best in crime fiction, going well beyond the cliches … —edgy, dangerous, but pulsing with life. Maureen Coughlin is as good as it gets.” - BOOKLIS
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Other Books in the Series

Maureen Coughlin (5 books)
  • The Devil She Knows (Maureen Coughlin, #1)
  • Doing the Devil's Work (Maureen Coughlin, #3)
  • Let the Devil Out (Maureen Coughlin #4)
  • The Devil's Muse (Maureen Coughlin, #5)