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Maureen Coughlin is complicated—tough and naive, street-smart and vulnerable. And, way too often, reckless. When we meet her, she's in rough shape. A rookie beat cop in the New Orleans Police Department, she's already been suspended once, and things are about to get worse. The FBI has arrived in town on the trail of a ruthless, white supremacist militia group called the Watchmen Brigade, and no one in the NOPD wants to work with them. Guess which suspended rookie is told she doesn't have a choice?
Things go badly wrong. And when brilliant but impulsive Maureen lights a match, New Orleans might just explode.
"Dark, evocative, and with a plot as fascinating and surprising as New Orleans itself." —Alison Gaylin, USA Today bestselling author of What Remains of Me
"That's the thing about New Orleans: No one can bear to leave for higher, safer ground, not the evil men who prey on the city’s innocents or the decent folks who try to save them, and certainly not Maureen. 'She and New Orleans, they were made for each other.' . . . [An] entertaining if highly unorthodox police procedural." —The New York Times Book Review
"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 reenergized New Orleans as a setting for the best in crime fiction, going well beyond the clichés (no Cafe du Monde here) and nailing that rich Treme vibe—edgy, dangerous, but pulsing with life. Maureen Coughlin is as good as it gets." —Bill Ott, Booklist (starred review)
"[Loehfelm's] books are more than a series of police procedurals (or nonprocedural, depending on how you look at them). They provide a searching look at [New Orleans] in a particularly violent and troubled time." —The New Orleans Advocate
"Bill Loehfelm is a pro. . . . This is how suspense is done." —Criminal Element
"What's most admirable about the series and elevates it over the average procedural is the nuanced evolution of a former Staten Island bartender into a New Orleans street cop." —Kirkus Reviews
"Atmospheric." —Publishers Weekly
"Readers familiar with Loehfelm's work will not be surprised to discover: it’s really good." —Library Journal
"Let the Devil Out is a ferociously smart, tough, and honest crime novel, with a main character, Maureen Coughlin, who will grab you and never let go." —Lou Berney, Edgar Award–nominated author of The Long and Faraway Gone