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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Billy Coffey shares a gripping tale about the destructive nature of secrets and regret
stumble forward if we are always looking back
Coffey shares a gripping tale about the destructive nature of secrets and
What can’t be laid to rest is bound to rise again. Everyone has a past and
has made mistakes, but what happens when those secrets grow and control our
lives? “We can all be hampered by our pasts, but that in no way negates the
power of choice that’s available to us all. We can choose to become more. We
can choose to live better.” Billy Coffey knows life isn’t easy, and like the
characters in his latest release, The Devil Walks in Mattingly (Thomas Nelson / March 11, 2014 /
ISBN: 9781401688226 / $15.99), he hopes to
guide those who are shrouded in the darkness of regret to the hope and light of
is a big theme in all of my novels, but to find that is to start out in a bad
place and fight and struggle, lose and win your way out,” Coffey says. He wants
his readers to face life’s tough questions and live better as a result. “The
burdens we carry can rob us of joy and peace, and grace is what allows us to
lay them down.”
is not as it seems for three people in the quiet town of Mattingly, for they
are bound by the haunting truth buried 20 years ago. Philip McBride didn’t kill
himself that day — he was murdered. Redemption is what they long for most but
the last thing they could ever hope to find, leaving them lost in the shadow of
Jake Barnett is
Mattingly’s sheriff, a calm, strong and confident man the town trusts, but he
is a shell of the man he once was. His wife, Kate, spends her days helping
those less fortunate, hoping instead to wash the blood from her hands. And
Taylor Hathcock condemns himself to life in isolation high in the mountains,
with only hatred and fear as his companions. No one can escape the truth.
is back, haunting Jake’s dreams and warning that he is coming for them all.
When Taylor finds mysterious footprints leading from the Hollow, he believes
his redemption has come. His actions will plunge Mattingly into darkness. These
three will be drawn together for a final confrontation between life and death .
. . between truth and lies.
those struggling with regret like the characters in A Devil Walks in Mattingly, Coffey hopes they will discover the
only freedom is through the unearned and free forgiveness from God. Subsequently,
people must learn to forgive themselves. “We’re taught to be merciful to
others, show them grace. We understand there isn’t a soul in this world who isn’t
fighting a great battle every moment of every day. Yet when it comes to
ourselves, all that teaching and understanding goes out the window. We can’t
grow up until we screw up,” Coffey explains.
“Coffey has a profound sense of
Southern spirituality. His narrative moves the reader from Jake and Kate’s
false heaven to a terrible hell, then back again to a glorious grace.”
~ Publisher’s Weekly
“Billy Coffey is one of the most
lyrical writers of our time. His latest work, The Devil Walks in Mattingly,
is not a page-turner to be devoured in a one-night frenzy. Instead, it should
be valued as a literary delicacy, with each savory syllable sipped slowly. By
allowing ourselves to steep in this story, readers are treated to a delightful
sensory escape one delicious word at a time. Even then, we leave his imaginary
world hungry for more, eager for another serving of Coffey’s tremendous talent.”
Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author
of Into the Free
“The Devil Walks in Mattingly is
aflame with grief for the human condition — and overflowing with all the grace
needed to quench it. This hopeful tale keeps dancing in my heart and mind.”
Healy, award-winning fiction editor and author of Stranger Things
About the Author
Billy Coffey dreamed of being a published author ever since high
school but vowed he would never be a novelist. Four novels later, God had a
different plan in mind. Coffey’s novels tackle faith’s big questions against
the backdrop of the rural South, where history is long and things are seldom as
He aims to remain as true to reality as possible — the reality that we
experience pain, loss and confusion. Coffey doesn’t want his readers to escape
reality, but embrace life and live it better. He also uses his blog, “What I
Learned Today,” to reflect on life’s lessons offered in small moments, people
and everyday life.
fifth novel, Heart of the Dark Wood, is
scheduled to release November 2014.
lives with his wife and two children in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.