There’s a killer on the loose in Mission County, Pennsylvania . . . whose next victim might be the prosecuting attorney.
We are pleased to announce that Lauren Stahl’s debut novel, The Devil’s Song, is forthcoming on January 2, 2018.
A debut novel in Akashic’s Kaylie Jones Books imprint.
Kate Magda, an up-and-coming prosecutor and the privileged daughter of the politically connected President Judge Tommy Magda, has been given the assignment of a lifetime—lead prosecutor on a string of murders rocking Mission County, Pennsylvania. Kate views the assignment as her chance to not only convict a serial killer, but to make a name for herself—one other than “the judge’s daughter.” She is determined to show her boss, her family, and the public that she is more than her father’s shadow.
As Kate delves into the case, she becomes convinced that she shares a personal link with the killer, who seems to know intimate details about a tragic childhood event Kate suffered—an event she thought she’d left in the past. It’s the way the victims are being posed—naked and dumped in open graves. Paranoia sets in, the night terrors return, and Kate has an imminent sense that she’s the killer’s next victim. Kate no longer feels assigned to the case . . . she is the case, and solving it is her only chance for survival.
What people are saying…
“The Devil’s Song is a book born from those dark places most writers and readers dare not go. It’s not just about cops and killers, lawyers and judges. It’s about real people with real lives. It’s about family, fathers and daughters, lovers and friends, and the ghosts of the past that haunt them all. In this stunning debut novel, Lauren Stahl painted a chilling portrait of childhood nightmares relived, rich with both suspense and emotion.”
—Keith Gilman, author of Bad Habits
“A racing read by an author who knows how to tell a story, The Devil’s Song plunges the reader equally into two worlds: one of killers, insanity, child victims, and revenge; and another of the details and especially the politics and power plays of law, order, and investigation. It’s hard to tell at times which world is the more difficult to comprehend. Grabbed and held me straight through to the last page.”
—S.J. Rozan, Edgar Award–winning author of Ghost Hero
About the Author
Lauren Stahl began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting felonies with a focus in SVU crimes. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law and received her M.F.A. from Wilkes University. Lauren resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and giant (but sweet) mastiff, Myra Ellen. She is the author of The Devil’s Song, forthcoming in January 2018.