Doing the Devil's Work.

Loehfelm, Bill (author).
Jan. 2015. 320p. Farrar/Sarah Crichton, hardcover, $26 (9780374298586).
REVIEW. First published January 1, 2015 (Booklist). Staten Island cocktail waitress turned New Orleans cop Maureen Coughlin returns in her third outing (following The Devil in Her Way, 2013). A officer’s daily patrolling can go wrong in an instant, as Coughlin’s does when she makes a routine traffic stop and is quickly ensnared in just the kind of escalating case a rookie cop wants to avoid: from murder to domestic terrorism to rampant police corruption. 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;

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Great Books for Children and Young Adults: Our Favorites from 2014

It’s So Hard to Choose . . . 

Cindy and Lynn: It’s that time again! We have to join the fray and list our favorite books of 2014. Some of these are surely award contenders, others are just personal favorites that we think are worthy of highlighting at year’s end. Some we blogged and some we didn’t but at least want to include here. This year Cindy is serving on a nonfiction award committee so she is avoiding listing any nonfiction.