Sin in The Big Easy (Paperback)

By Elizabeth McCourt

Post Hill Press, 9781682615768, 208pp.

Publication Date: March 6, 2018

List Price: 15.99*
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Booze, lies, and family drama will not deter young lawyer Abby Callahan from navigating the sordid underbelly of The Big Easy to find out why girls keep showing up dead in Louis Armstrong Park.

Twenty-seven-year-old Abby Callahan moved to New Orleans to escape her past screw-ups in her small hometown. While out running, she sees a woman who has been raped and discarded, like trash. Abby finds herself selfishly pursuing the case to help her career, even though the victim is reluctant. The trial starts and the judge is suddenly arrested, but Abby must return to New York when her father commits suicide. Managing her grief and complicated family dynamics, she tries both to rekindle and remedy her old romances. But she is pulled back to The Big Easy when her client goes missing.

As more girls turn up dead—with Abby as their common connection—Abby decides to play detective with her journalist friend Jill Lejeune. Abby feels responsible for finding her client alive, even as she comes to terms with her past mistakes, including how her lies allowed someone else to go to prison.

Abby discovers she’s in over her head when Jill is beaten because she’s been mistaken for Abby. She wonders if everyone in her life is connected to this case. Abby seems to be the only one committed to finding the truth and decides to stop listening to everyone before she ends up at the morgue. A last-ditch call to the FBI and a rendezvous at the shipping warehouse lead Abby to one last dangerous situation where she finds out betrayal was in front of her the whole time.

About the Author

Elizabeth McCourt is a writer, certified executive coach, top-ranked financial recruiter, and professional speaker. She has also been published in a variety of genres in Proteus, The Southampton Review, The East Hampton Star, On Wall Street, mindbodygreen, Huffington Post, and The Philosophy of Coaching: An International Journal. More of her writing and blogging is at She tweets at @ecmccourt.

Elizabeth has a BS in Finance from University of Maryland, JD from Loyola University in New Orleans, a Natural Resources Certificate from the University of New Mexico, and an MFA in Creative Writing from SUNY Stony Brook where she studied under a number of illustrious authors such as Frank McCourt, Melissa Bank, Billy Collins, Roger Rosenblatt, Ursula Hegi, and many others. Her coaching includes certifications from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI), the Hogan Leadership Assessment, and the Academy of Executive Coaching’s Systemic Team Coaching method.

Her 2015 TEDx talk is titled, “Why You Should Spill Your Secrets.” She speaks professionally about finding your inner warrior, fiercely female, resilience and leadership, and recruiting; in addition to moderating and participating in panel discussions on female-fueled leadership, writing and financial services recruiting.

She lives with her husband and dog in Westhampton Beach, NY, where they own Michael George Events.

Praise For Sin in The Big Easy

"Abby Callahan is just the kind of super investigator D.A. we need—smart, athletic, and daring. Intricately plotted, Sin in the Big Easy will keep readers guessing as to who can and cannot be trusted until the very last page. With her debut novel, Elizabeth McCourt has created such a compelling legal thriller—the stakes are high. Very high."
— Lou Ann Walker, Author, A Loss for Words

"I was immediately drawn to this first in a new series by Elizabeth McCourt, the creator of a sharp, smart, yet complicated assistant D.A. Abby Callahan, who, on her morning run, discovers a bloodied victim of sexual abuse. The girl's vulnerability is a perfect match for Abby's pride and ambition to seek justice, but McCourt cleverly invents deeply emotional roadblocks that will surprise and keep you wanting more."
— Sande Boritz Berger, author of The Sweetness, a novel

"McCourt's absorbing tale evolves from a deceptively simple courtroom drama to a dizzyingly complex thriller....The protagonist primarily analyzes evidence that other people have amassed, but the author shows how her quick wits allow her to put the final pieces together. Abby's uncertainty over whom to trust results in some tense scenes, and the book ends on a sensational cliffhanger. 

An engaging mystery that readies a charismatic and savvy protagonist for her own series."
— Kirkus Reviews