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Join us for a panel discussion with four mystery writers at the top of their field. Megan Abbott will discuss her new gymnastics noir, You Will Know Me. Bill Loehfelm continues his New Orleans-set Maureen Coughlin series with Let The Devil Out. Alison Gaylin explores the dark world of celebrity obsession in What Remains of Me, while William Boyle casts hipsters aside for Gravesend, his moody portrayal of the Brooklyn lumpenproletariat.
ABOUT YOU WILL KNOW ME
The audacious new novel from bestselling author Megan Abbott, "one of the best living mystery writers" (Grantland). Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other parents, revealing hidden plots and allegiances, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself drawn, irresistibly, to the crime itself, and the dark corners it threatens to illuminate. From a writer with "exceptional gifts for making nerves jangle and skin crawl," (Janet Maslin) You Will Know Me is a breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of desire, jealousy, and ambition.
ABOUT MEGAN ABBOTT
Megan Abbott is the award-winning author of seven novels, including The Fever, Dare Me and The End of Everything. She received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University and has taught literature, writing, and film studies at New York University, the New School, and the State University of New York at Oswego. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, Los Angeles Review of Books, New Statesman, Los Angeles Times Magazine, the Guardian and the Believer. She lives in New York City.
ABOUT LET THE DEVIL OUT
It's been a brutal year for the rookie New Orleans cop Maureen Coughlin. Her first arrests, her first black eye, and, after a stinging brush with the corrupt heart of her adopted city, her first suspension. As she waits out the suspension, hoping to save her badge, Maureen finds increasingly dark and dangerous ways to pass the time. Justice, she tells herself, is being served. No need for the NOPD to know what she's doing.
Maureen believes getting back to the job she loves is worth any sacrifice, any risk, that it's the only thing she really wants. But wearing the badge again means stepping back into the crosshairs of ruthless people who want her out of the way and don't care who else gets caught in the crossfire.
Driven by a lead character Megan Abbott calls "a hero with whom we will go anywhere," Let the Devil Out raises the bar for sharp-witted, compelling cop fiction. As The New York Times says of Maureen, "She finds herself wrestling with ethical issues that fictional cops, especially fictional female ones, rarely talk about, leaving that stuff to real-life cops--and smart guys like Bill Loehfelm."
ABOUT BILL LOEHFELM
Bill Loehfelm is the author of Doing the Devil's Work, The Devil in Her Way, The Devil She Knows, Bloodroot, and Fresh Kills. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, the writer AC Lambeth, and plays drums in a rock-'n'-roll band.
ABOUT WHAT REMAINS OF ME
On June 28, 1980, Kelly Michelle Lund shoots and kills Oscar-nominated director John McFadden at a party in his home . . . and instantly becomes a media sensation. For years, speculation swirls over the seventeen-year-old's motives. Convicted of the murder, she loses her youth and her freedom but keeps her secrets to herself.
Thirty years later and five years after her release from prison the past has come back to haunt Kelly. Her father-in-law, movie legend Sterling Marshall, is found in a pool of blood in his home in the Hollywood Hills dead from a shot to the head, just like his old friend John McFadden.
Once again, Kelly is suspected of the high profile murder. But this time, she's got some unexpected allies who believe she's innocent of both killings and want to help clear her name. But is she?
ABOUT ALISON GAYLIN
USA Today bestselling author Alison Gaylin has been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Thriller and RT awards and has won the Shamus award for her Brenna Spector suspense series. Her ninth book, the critically acclaimed Hollywood noir standalone What Remains of Me, is out now from William Morrow.
Ray Boy Calabrese is released from prison 16 years after his actions led to the death of a young man. The victim's brother, Conway D'Innocenzio, is a 29-year-old Brooklynite wasting away at a local Rite Aid, stuck in the past and still howling for Ray Boy's blood. When the chips are down and the gun is drawn, Conway finds that he doesn't have murder in him. Thus begins a spiral of self-loathing and soul-searching into which he is joined by Alessandra, a failed actress caring for her widowed father, and Eugene, Ray Boy's hellbound nephew. Ray Boy Calabrese is back in Gravesend: some people worship him, some want him dead . . . but none more so than the ex-con himself.
ABOUT WILLIAM BOYLE
William Boyle is from the neighborhood of Gravesend in Brooklyn, NY. He’s the author of the novel Gravesend, which was recently translated into French and published by François Guérif as #1,000 in the Rivages/Noir collection. He’s also the author of a new book of short stories, Death Don’t Have No Mercy. He currently lives in Oxford, MS.
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