“Riveting. Powerful. Fast-paced. Delectable. Best writing of the year.”
"The most bizarre set of tragic events ever to occur."
“If genre-straddling were an Olympic competition, Devil in the Basement would take the gold. This impassioned and riveting book combines historical detail with full characters, rich language, a poetic rhythm, and a spine-chilling true story that culminates in bloodshed, explosives and mayhem—all on a gray and memorable Wednesday in 1948. It brings attention to the plight of Italian-Americans in the early twentieth century. The “devil in the basement” is much more than a real-life Satanist doing dastardly deeds in the cellar. It reveals the prejudice that resided in some Southerner’s hearts. Charlotte Laws’ compelling story captures the racism, poverty, struggle, horror, and difficulty of the era for an entire class of citizens who were locked in the basement of society—namely those of Italian descent. Get ready for a wild ride! I highly recommend Devil in the Basement.”
“Magical, artful, and unflinchingly tragic. A living, breathing dragon of terror and surprise. Devil in the Basement is a sassy and haunting thriller that pits a bipolar Hannibal Lecter against a Mr. Smith goes to Washington and proves once and for all that fact can be stranger than fiction and way more creepy.”
"Charlotte Laws is a tsunami."
"Aone and bitter, [the killer] fabricated a horrible revenge—on the world and himself."