Book Winners & Devils
Diana: Where did the title of your book, Speak of the Devil, come from?
Allison: I called this book Speak of the Devil for two reasons. First there is a villain named Diablo — the Devil — whom my heroine is trying to bring down. Second, this book explores MS-13, a terrifying real-life street gang that is notorious for its brutality and misogyny. One of my biggest challenges as a prosecutor was convincing victim/witnesses of MS-13 to tell me what happened. Victims were often terrified to talk to authorities. “Speak of the Devil and he will appear,” one witness told me. There was this feeling that if you spoke about evil, you would bring it to you. I often had…
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