Bruce DeSilva worked as a journalist for 40 years before retiring to write crime novels full time. At the Associated Press, he served as the writing coach, responsible for training the wire service’s reporters and editors worldwide. Previously, he directed an elite AP department devoted to investigative reporting and other special projects. Earlier in his career, he was a national writer and writing coach at The Hartford Courant and an investigative reporter at The Providence Journal. Stories edited by DeSilva have won virtually every major journalism prize including the Polk Award (twice), the Livingston (twice), the ASNE, and the Batten Medal. He also edited two Pulitzer finalists and helped edit a Pulitzer winner.
DeSilva’s critically-acclaimed first novel, Rogue Island, won the Mystery Writers of America’s prestigious Edgar Award and the Mystery Readers International’s Macavity Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the Shamus, Anthony and Barry Awards. The sequel, “Cliff Walk,” will be published in 2012, and he is currently working on the third book in the Mulligan crime novel series.
He has worked as a consultant on writing and editing at more than 50 newspapers including The New York Times and The Dallas Morning News, and he has been a sought-after speaker at professional gatherings including the National Writers Workshops, the Nieman Foundation, Bouchercon and Thrillerfest. He also serves as an adjuct professor at The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
His reviews of crime novels have appeared in The New York Times book review section and continue to be published occasionally by The Associated Press.
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