The Devil You Know: A Novel by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

By Elisabeth de Mariaffi

The satan you recognize is an exhilarating debut a few rookie reporter, whose thoughts of the homicide of her formative years ally convey danger—and a stalker—right to her doorstep.

The yr is 1993. Rookie crime beat reporter Evie Jones is haunted by means of the unsolved homicide of her ally Lianne Gagnon who used to be killed in 1982, again while either ladies have been 11. The suspected killer, a repeat criminal named Robert Cameron, used to be by no means arrested, leaving Lianne’s case cold.

Now twenty-one and residing on my own for the 1st time, Evie is obsessively interested in checking out what quite occurred to Lianne. She leans on one other adolescence pal, David Patton, for help—but each clue they discover turns out to guide to an incredible end. As she will get nearer and towards the reality, Evie turns into confident that the killer continues to be at large—and that he’s coming again for her.

From seriously acclaimed writer Elisabeth de Mariaffi comes a spine-tingling debut approximately secrets and techniques lengthy buried and obsession that can not be managed.

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By Elisabeth de Mariaffi

The satan you recognize is an exhilarating debut a few rookie reporter, whose thoughts of the homicide of her formative years ally convey danger—and a stalker—right to her doorstep.

The yr is 1993. Rookie crime beat reporter Evie Jones is haunted by means of the unsolved homicide of her ally Lianne Gagnon who used to be killed in 1982, again while either ladies have been 11. The suspected killer, a repeat criminal named Robert Cameron, used to be by no means arrested, leaving Lianne’s case cold.

Now twenty-one and residing on my own for the 1st time, Evie is obsessively interested in checking out what quite occurred to Lianne. She leans on one other adolescence pal, David Patton, for help—but each clue they discover turns out to guide to an incredible end. As she will get nearer and towards the reality, Evie turns into confident that the killer continues to be at large—and that he’s coming again for her.

From seriously acclaimed writer Elisabeth de Mariaffi comes a spine-tingling debut approximately secrets and techniques lengthy buried and obsession that can not be managed.

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The gold I got out of Sam Hegg's mine ain't been more than about a hun- 45 How to Write a Damn Good Mystery 46 dred and fifty grand, total, and that ain't no lie. But I've been real careful not to do anything stupid like spend a lot in one place. I sell the nuggets off as I go— telling people I bought them at the bar off guys who bring it in. I'm content, a happy man. I blow my cool and have to beat the crap out of somebody once in a while when I'm acting as a deputy, or in the bar with some drunk, but most of the time I keep a lid on my temper.

I've been in the writing racket for a few decades now and, the horrible truth is, I've never been able to figure out what editors will find mildly interesting story-wise, let alone what will make them flip. I've heard other writers, agents, and even editors say that they know this trend is hot, this other trend is not; that Ideas to Get You Started small-town mysteries, say, are in, hard-boiled are out; that cross-genre books or some such are the next trend, the wave of the future. It's all a bunch of pap.

31 32 How to Write a Damn Good Mystery O u r murderer will be evil. We know a murderer is a mythic "evil one" and an evil one always acts out of his or her own self-interest. An evil one is the golden star at the center of his or her own universe. Our murderer will be self­ ish. Sure, we've all read books in which the murderer does the deed for a good cause, heroically, but this motif almost always results in a weak climax. " If the murderer is not acting out of his or her own self-interest and instead is self-sacrificing and acting heroically, the reader is robbed of this satisfaction, which is, after all, one of the principal reasons the reader bought the book in the first place.

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