Who’s Reading “Providence Rag” Now? It’s NY Times Best-Selling Mystery Writer Laurie R. King.

laurie r. king DONELaurie R. King is one of the finest mystery writers around, the author of 22 novels including  The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, named one of the 20th century’s best crime novels by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Her most recent novel is this year’s Dreaming Spies.

I photographed Laurie last month in Monterey, CA.  To learn more about her and her work, 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.  The book is available in hardcover, e-book, and audio editions here. 

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Look Who’s Reading “Providence Rag” Now! It’s David Morrell, the creator of Rambo

david morrell doneDavid Morrell is most famous as the creator of Rambo, but he’s been writing fine crime novels for decades. His latest is titled Murder is a Fine Art.

You can learn more about David and his work here. 

I took this picture of David reading Providence Rag, the latest book in my series of hardboiled Mulligan crime novels, when I ran into him at the Left Coast Crime conference in Monterey, CA, in March.

My new novel is available in hardcover, e-book, and audio editions here.

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Who’s Reading “Providence Rag” Now? It’s Mystery Writer Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton doneSue Grafton, author of the Kinsey Millhone series, is one of our best-selling and most honored mystery writers.  I caught up with her last month at Left Coast Crime, a crime writing conference in Monterey, and snapped this photo.

You can learn more about Sue 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, and 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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Just For Fun: Casting My Mulligan Novels For A Movie Or TV

The most frequently asked question during my recent Providence Rag book tour:  Who would you want to play the characters in a film version of the Mulligan crime novels?

Frankly, it’s not a subject I’ve wasted much time dreaming about. After all, very few of the hundreds of crime novels published every year are ever sold to the movies or TV–and most of the ones that are never make it into production. When it does happen to an author, it’s like getting hit by lightning–but in a good way.

Still, because so many people keep asking the question, I thought I should make an effort to come up with a thoughtful reply.

So here’s my dream cast:

LearyDenis Leary as the protagonist, investigative reporter Liam Mulligan.

Why? He’s a bit old for the part but can play younger, and he embodies the smart mouth and bad attitude toward authority that is Mulligan.

 

 

 

 

John-Francis-Daley-image-3John Francis Daley as Mulligan’s young newspaper sidekick, Edward Anthony Mason IV, AKA Thanks-Dad.

Why? Because like Thanks-Dad, he conveys a misleading naivety that makes him easy to underestimate.

 

 

 

 

julia-stiles-hed-2013Julia Stiles as Gloria Costa, the one-eyed news photographer.

Why? She kinda just looks like Gloria to me, and Sharon Stone is too mature for the part.

 

 

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Frankie Valli as Domenic “Whoosh” Zerilli, Mulligan’s bookie.

Why?  Because Daniel J. Travanti might not be available.

 

 

 

 

 

robin-wright-white-house-correspondents-dinner-2013-02Robin Wright as Rosella “Rosie” Morelli, Mulligan’s best friend since childhood and the first woman battalion fire chief in Providence, R.I., history.

Why? Because she has the grace and commanding physical presence that is Rosie–but she’ll have to dye her hair dark brown for the part.

 

 

 

6th Annual Food Bank For New York "Can-Do" Awards Dinner - ArrivalsSteve Schirripa as Joseph DeLucca, the often unemployed, smarter-than-he-looks friend of Mulligan’s.

Why? He’s got the right look and the right working-class manner of speaking.

 

 

 

 

JadaJada Pinkett Smith as Yolanda Mosley-Jones, Mulligan’s on again, off again love interest.

Why? Because she embodies Yolanda’s elegance and intelligence–and because, dammit, Mulligan deserves a woman like her.

 

 

 

 

kevin-bacon-nico-tortorella-the-following-premiere-02Kevin Bacon as RI State Police Captain Stephen Parisi.

Why?  Because he does the steely-eyed thing really well, and because Parisi doesn’t talk much. In Mystic River, Bacon did a lot with a character who didn’t talk much.

 

 

 

 

Grace ParkGrace Park as Veronica, who was Mulligan’s girlfriend in the first novel and may eventually return to haunt him.

Think she’s waaaay to young for Mulligan? She’s actually 40–but she looks a lot younger, which is good because Mulligan is quite a bit older than Veronica. And like Veronica, Grace Park has a winsome charm that can make men fail to spot a devious streak.

 

 

Bruce DeSilva at Manhattan's Mysterious Bookshop

Bruce DeSilva at Manhattan’s Mysterious Bookshop

Bruce DeSilva as Ed Lomax, managing editor of The Providence Dispatch and Mulligan’s boss.  Why? Because Lomax is a man of few words, so I should be able to remember my lines.

 

 

 

 

Providence Rag, the third novel in my Edgar Award-winning Mulligan series, is available in hardcover, e-book and audio book editions here. 

 

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Who’s Reading “Providence Rag” Now? It’s Award-Winning Crime Novelist Brad Parks!

Brad Parks Done

Like me, Brad Parks is a former newspaperman. Like me, he writes crime novels. Unlike me, he hasn’t won the Edgar and Macavity Awards.

Instead, he is the only novelist to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards. In hockey, they call that a hat trick and toast the achievement with tequila shots and fistfights.

He’s also a very nice–and very funny–guy.  I caught up with Brad recently at the Left Coast Crime conference in Monterey, where he was the toastmaster at the awards banquet.

You can learn more about Brad and his fine work here.

Rag Cover 2Providence Rag, the third hardboiled novel in my Mulligan crime series, can be ordered in hardcover, e-book, and audio book editions here.

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Notes On A Book Tour From A Tired But Grateful Novelist

Signing books with another crime writer, Ken Wishnia, at Manhattan's Mysterious Bookshop.

Signing books with another crime writer, Ken Wishnia, at Manhattan’s Mysterious Bookshop.

Home at last.

After twenty-eight days on the road, with fifteen events stretching from New York City in the East to San Francisco in the West, I’m both exhausted from all the travel and grateful for the scores of folks who showed up to chat and to buy signed copies of my new Mulligan crime novel, Providence Rag.

The tour kicked off with a book release party at Otto Penzler’s Mysterious Bookshop in Manhattan. Fellow novelists Reed Farrel Coleman and Larry Light attended to lend their support to a fellow writer. And I got the chance to catch up with some old friends including Robert Naylor, who’d been a treasured colleague at The Associated Press.

At San Francisco’s Borderland Books, a high school girlfriend, Peggi (Simmons) Jewett, dropped by and let me take her out to dinner afterwards. And at Readmore Books in Taunton, MA, another old girlfriend, Mary Lou Harwood, was among a contingent of schoolmates from Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High.

Reed Farrel Coleman (l) and Otto Penzler at The Mysterious Bookshop

Reed Farrel Coleman (l) and Otto Penzler at The Mysterious Bookshop

More old pals, including high school chums Andrew Jennings and Stephen Parisi, for whom characters in the novel are named, joined the lively crowd at the Providence Public Library; and the next day Steve and I got to catch up over a great meal at Andino’s, one of the city’s finest Italian restaurants.

At The Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ, I was surprised by two old Hartford Courant colleagues, Dan Harr and Mike Kodas. Afterwards we commiserated about the sad state of the news business over drinks at a local watering hole.

In California, Steve Vessels, a fine writer I first got to know at the Abroad Writers Conference in Ireland last December, didn’t just show up at the event at Book Carnival in Orange. He picked me up at LAX, drove me to the event, and later joined me for dinner.

Signing a book for former basketball star John Egan at Murder By The Book in Houston

Signing a book for former basketball star John Egan at Murder By The Book in Houston

At Houston’s Murder by the Book, the crowed included Kit Frieden, a great editor who once worked for me at The Associated Press; her husband Phil Shook, an outstanding outdoor writer; and John Egan, who starred for the Providence College Friars before going on to a twelve-year NBA basketball career. Afterward, the four of us shared a fine meal together.

Helen O’Neill, a great writer who once worked for me at The Associated Press, showed up at Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT, for a signed book and a long conversation. And another talented former Associated Press colleague, Todd Lewan, now a budding crime novelist, joined me at Murder on the Beach in Delray Beach, FL., and for an after-event evening of food, drink, and girl-watching.

Mid-tour, I got a bit of a break from travelling by spending four days at Left Coast Crime, a conference that attracted about 800 crime fiction fans to Monterey, CA. Thanks to my publisher, 175

Novelist Marcia Muller reading "Providence Rag" at Left Coast Crime

Novelist Marcia Muller reading “Providence Rag” at Left Coast Crime

of them got free copies of Providence Rag in their conference kits. There, I got to catch up with a bunch of crime-novelist pals including Tim Hallinan, Brad Parks, Lee Goldberg, and Gar Anthony Haywood–and to meet some of the giants in the field including Marcia Muller and Sue Grafton. And old friend Garland Thompson, a poet and actor, saved me some bucks by putting me up for a few days. Even better, I got to watch him perform in a production of The Three Penny Opera.

With three book tours under my belt, I’ve learned that the most important thing about them is the opportunity to develop relationships with independent booksellers who,

At The Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale

At The Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale

if they like your books, make a point of recommending them to their customers. I’m deeply grateful to the proprietors and staffs of The Mysterious Bookshop in Manhattan; Once Upon a Crime in Minneapolis; The Seattle Mystery Bookshop; Borderland Books in San Francisco; Book Carnival in Orange, CA; The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ; Book People in Austin; Murder by the Book in Houston; Murder on the Beach in Delray Beach, FL; Readmore Books in Taunton, MA; and Bank Square Books in Mystic, Ct.

Signing at Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT

Signing at Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT

Nearly all of these stores had orders for signed copies – up to 40 in several cases – before I even arrived. And I was thrilled that all three of my Mulligan novels were listed as “staff picks” on the shelves of Book People in Austin.

I’m also grateful to the Providence Public Library and the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library in Narragansett, R.I., where the crowds were the largest. And my thanks, too, to former Providence Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci for the guest spot on his WPRO-radio show–and to all the other print, online, and radio journalists who provided coverage along the way.

Most of all, I must thank my publisher, Forge, a division of Macmillian, for sending me on this coast-to-coast tour. These days, publisher-funded book tours are relatively rare, so I’m lucky that the powers that be there are showing so much faith in my new book.

I hope you buy a copy of Providence Rag from an independent bookseller. You can locate one near you by clicking here, and many of them take orders online. If that’s not convenient for you, hardcover, e-book, and audio editions can also be purchased here.

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Sons of Sam Spade Raves About “Providence Rag”

Rag Cover 2Crime novelist Jochem Vandersteen, writing for his Sons of Sam Spade blog, raves about Providence Rag, the latest hardboiled novel in my Edgar Award-winning Mulligan crime series.  He says in part:

“What makes this novel so great? It’s the fact that it all seems so real.  You soon forget that this is all just fiction.  . . . This one puts Bruce DeSilva into Michael Connelly territory.”

You can read the entire review here.

Hardcover, e-book, and audio book editions are available here.

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New England Leg Of My Book Tour, April 3-7

Rag Cover 2The New England portion of the book tour for my new Mulligan crime novel, Providence Rag, kicks off at the Providence Public library tomorrow and ends Monday in Narragansett, R.I.  Check the schedule below for a place near you.

Please follow the proper etiquette for bookstore signings. Any books signed at stores should be purchased at them.

The schedule:

Thursday, April 3, PROVIDENCE, RI, Providence Public Library, 150 Empire St., 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 5, TAUNTON, MA, Readmore Books, 330 Winthrop St., noon.

Sunday, April 6, MYSTIC, CT, Bank Square Books, 53 W. Main St., noon.

Monday, April 7, Buddy Cianci’s WPRO Radio Show, Providence, about 3:30 p.m.

Monday, April 7, NARRAGANSETT, R.I. Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, 35 Kingstown Rd., 6:30 p.m.

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Noted Book Reviewer Oline Cogdill Praises “Providence Rag.”

Rag Cover 2Oline Cogdill, perhaps the most respected mystery book reviewer in the business, has weighed in with still another rave review of my new Mulligan crime novel, Providence Rag.

She says in part, Providence Rag is an unflinching look at how doing the right thing can have dire reverberations.” You can read the entire review here.

This is the third novel in my Edgar Award-winning series featuring Liam Mulligan, an investigative reporter at a dying newspaper in Providence, R.I. You can order hardcover, e-book, and audio book editions here.

 

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If You Could Write A Letter To Your Teen Self . . .

Would you tell him that he’ll never play center field for the Red Sox and should find a new dream? Warn her about the cad who’s going to break her heart? Urge him to marry his third wife first?

A cool website called Dear Teen Me has given hundreds of authors the opportunity to write such a letter. You can find mine here.

I can only hope that this website has a way to send it back through time, because teen me is badly in need of help.

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