Who’s Reading “Providence Rag” Now? It’s Thriller Writer Ian Rankin!

Ian Rankin doneIan Rankin, author of the fine Rebus crime novels, is a two-time winner of the Thriller of the Year Award.  I snapped his photo earlier this month at the annual Thrillerfest conference in Manhattan.

You can learn more about Ian and his work here.

Providence Rag is the third novel in my Edgar Award-winning series featuring Liam Mulligan, an investigative reporter at a dying Providence, R.I., newspaper. I hope you will purchase a copy from an independent bookstore; you can locate one in your area here.   If that’s not convenient for you, the novel, as well as the first two books in the series, are available in print, e-book, and audio editions here. 

 

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Who’s Reading “Providence Rag” Now? Thriller Writer Meg Gardiner

meg gardiner doneThat’s thriller writer Meg Gardiner reading Providence Rag, the latest crime novel in my Edgar Award-winning Mulligan series.  I snapped the photo earlier this month at the Thrillerfest conference in Manhattan.

You can learn more about Meg and her new novel, Phantom Instinct, here.

Providence Rag is the third novel in my Edgar Award-winning series featuring Liam Mulligan, an investigative reporter at a dying Providence, R.I., newspaper. I hope you will purchase a copy from an independent bookstore; you can locate one in your area here.   If that’s not convenient for you, the novel, as well as the first two books in the series, are available in print, e-book, and audio editions here. 

 

 

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The Sad Decline of The Providence Journal, Model for the Fictional Newspaper in My Mulligan Novels.

Me interviewing V.P candidate Sargent Shriver in Providence during my "Providence Journal" days.

Me interviewing V.P candidate Sargent Shriver in Providence during my “Providence Journal” days.

Liam Mulligan, the protagonist of my Edgar Award-winning crime novels, is an investigative reporter for The Providence Dispatch, a once-great, now dying newspaper in Providence, R.I.  Although The Dispatch is fictional, its decline does resemble what has been happening to the real-life Providence Journal, where I began my journalism career many years ago.

In the 1970s and ’80s, The Journal was a truly great newspaper–so great that if it existed today as it did then it would be one of the three best metros in the country. But decades of declining revenue, circulation, staff, and ambition have diminished it beyond recognition.

In the following article, Scott MacKay, a former Journal reporter who now works for Rhode Island’s NPR affiliate, tells the sad story.

Oh, and if you’re a mind to, you can order my Mulligan novels, including the latest, Providence Rag, here.

 

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Who’s Reading “Providence Rag” Now? Best-Selling Thriller Writer John Lescroat!

John LescroatJohn Lescroat is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into 16 languages in more than 75 countries. He’s one of the best and most successful thriller writers in existence.

If you’d like to learn more about John and his work, please click here.

Providence Rag is the third novel in my Edgar Award-winning series featuring Liam Mulligan, an investigative reporter at a dying Providence, R.I., newspaper. I hope you will purchase a copy from an independent bookstore; you can locate one in your area here.   If that’s not convenient for you, the novel, as well as the first two books in the series, are available in print, e-book, and audio editions here. 

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My Review of James Lee Burke’s “Wayfaring Stranger”

burkeJames Lee Burke’s last three novels, Light of the World, Creole Belle, and Feast Day of Fools, were arguably his best. Wayfaring Stranger joins them as one of his most powerful and ambitious novels to date.

To read my full Associated Press book review of Burke’s latest novel,

 

 

 

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Who’s Reading “Providence Rag” Now? It’s Best-Selling Author Scott Turow!

Scott TurowAttorney Scott Turow burst onto the literary scene in 1987 with the runnaway best-seller Presumed Innocent. While continuing an active legal practice, he has since written another eight legal thrillers and two non-fiction books as well as essays for periodicals including The New Yorker, Playboy, and The Atlantic.

Presumed Innocent, just one of his works that were adapted for film, was a huge hit starring Harrison Ford. You can learn more about Scott and his work here.

Providence Rag is the third novel in my Edgar Award-winning series featuring Liam Mulligan, an investigative reporter at a dying Providence, R.I., newspaper. I hope you will purchase a copy from an independent bookstore; you can locate one in your area here.   If that’s not convenient for you, the novel, as well as the first two books in the series, are available in print, e-book, and audio editions here. 

Scott Turow is a writer and attorney. He is the author of nine best-selling works of fiction, including his first novel Presumed Innocent (1987) and its sequel, Innocent (May 4, 2010), and his newest novel Identical(2013). His works of non-fiction include One L (1977) about his experience as a law student, and Ultimate Punishment (2003), a reflection on the death penalty. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Playboy and The Atlantic. Mr. Turow’s books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize in 2003 for Reversible Errors, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 2004 for Ultimate Punishment and Time Magazine‘s Best Work of Fiction, 1999 for Personal Injuries. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies world-wide and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries. – See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/scottturow/bio.html#sthash.6F9unKqh.dpuf
Scott Turow is a writer and attorney. He is the author of nine best-selling works of fiction, including his first novel Presumed Innocent (1987) and its sequel, Innocent (May 4, 2010), and his newest novel Identical(2013). His works of non-fiction include One L (1977) about his experience as a law student, and Ultimate Punishment (2003), a reflection on the death penalty. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Playboy and The Atlantic. Mr. Turow’s books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize in 2003 for Reversible Errors, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 2004 for Ultimate Punishment and Time Magazine‘s Best Work of Fiction, 1999 for Personal Injuries. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies world-wide and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries. – See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/scottturow/bio.html#sthash.6F9unKqh.dpufsdf
Scott Turow is a writer and attorney. He is the author of nine best-selling works of fiction, including his first novel Presumed Innocent (1987) and its sequel, Innocent (May 4, 2010), and his newest novel Identical(2013). His works of non-fiction include One L (1977) about his experience as a law student, and Ultimate Punishment (2003), a reflection on the death penalty. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Playboy and The Atlantic. Mr. Turow’s books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize in 2003 for Reversible Errors, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 2004 for Ultimate Punishment and Time Magazine‘s Best Work of Fiction, 1999 for Personal Injuries. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies world-wide and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries. – See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/scottturow/bio.html#sthash.6F9unKqh.dpuf
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My Review of Paul Doiron’s “The Bone Orchard”

boneorchardmix_0The Bone Orchard is Paul Doiron’s fifth crime novel in his fine series featuring Maine game warden Mike Bowditch. The book is both a rich exploration of character and a satisfying mystery story. I highly recommend it.

You can find the full text of my Associated Press review here.

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Who’s Reading “Providence Rag” Now? It’s Best-Selling Thriller Writer Lee Child

Lee Child doneI’m  guessing you all know who Lee Child is, but in case someone out there doesn’t, he’s the author of the best-selling Jack Reacher novels — and one of the finest thriller writers ever.

I snapped this photo of Lee this week at Thrillerfest, a large conference for authors and fans, in Manhattan.

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Who’s Reading “Providence Rag” Now? It’s Mystery Writer Timothy Hallinan.

Hallinan doneTimothy Hallinan, one of my favorite crime writers, is the critically acclaimed author of both the Junior Bender and Poke Rafferty mysteries. You can learn more about Tim and his work here: http://www.timothyhallinan.com/

Providence Rag is the third novel in my Edgar Award-winning series featuring Liam Mulligan, an investigative reporter at a dying Providence, R.I., newspaper. I hope you will purchase a copy from an independent bookstore; you can locate one in your area here.   If that’s not convenient for you, the novel, as well as the first two books in the series, are available in print, e-book, and audio editions here. 

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Netflix Preferences of America’s Top Artists

sharknadoWhat do America’s most creative and talented artists watch on Netflix?

I recently spent a week at an artist colony peopled by some of our finest writers, dancers, choreographers, sculptors and painters. There was a single Netflix account for all of the artists’ residences, so by checking the “recently viewed” list, I found the answer.

So what are you expecting? Foreign art films with subtitles? Sundance and Cannes winners? Nope.

It was mostly campy horror flix with titles like “Frankenstein’s Army,” “Zombie Apocalypse,” “Sharknado,” “Infected,” “Berlin Undead,” “Godzilla’s Revenge,” and “Leprechan.” There was also quite a bit of standup comedy from the likes of Jim Norton, Bill Burr, and the Sklar Brothers.

For some reason, I find this comforting.

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