Forensic Outreach Names Me One of the 50 Top Crime Writers

Bruce DeSilva

Bruce DeSilva

My thanks to the Forensic Outreach website for naming me one of the 50 top crime writers. I know it’s from 2014 but I hadn’t seen it before.

Being included on a list that includes the likes of Lee Child, Dennis Lehane, Louise Penny,  George Pelecanos, James Ellroy, and Harlan Coben is a thrill.

Check it out here.

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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line Now?” Blues Guitar Sensation Damon Fowler!

damon-fowler-doneDamon Fowler is a sensational blues guitarist from Florida who performs solo as well as with fellow guitarist JP Soars and keyboardist Victor Wainwright in a great band named Southern Hospitality.

My wife Patricia and I got to meet Damon and the rest of the band on a Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise last fall. You can learn more about him here.  And you can see a Southern Hospitality live performance here.

Liam Mulligan, the hero of my crime novels, is as big a fan of the blues as Patricia and I are. He listens to the likes of Buddy Buy, BB King and Tommy Castro as he cruises around New England rooting out crime.

The Dread Line is the fifth book in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva. In it, New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Liam Mulligan, the hero of the novels, to investigate the background of a college star they are thinking of drafting. At first, the job seems routine, but as soon as he starts asking questions, he gets push-back. The player has something to hide, and someone is willing to kill to make sure it remains secret.

dread lineTo order The Dread Line, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores here.

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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? David Hidalgo of Los Lobos!

david-hidalgo-los-lobos-doneDavid Hidalgo is best know as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist with the group, Los Lobos. He’s also a member of the Los Super Seven and another group, Latin Playboys, that includes several other Los Lobos members.

I snapped the photo last fall when Patricia and I met David on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise. Like Patricia and I, Mulligan, the hero of my crime novels, is a big blues fan, listening to the likes of Buddy Guy, Tommy Castro and BB King as he cruises around New England exposing bad guys.

The Dread Line is the fifth book in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva. In it, New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Liam Mulligan, the hero of the novels, to investigate the background of a college star they are thinking of drafting. At first, the job seems routine, but as soon as he starts asking questions, he gets push-back. The player has something to hide, and someone is willing to kill to make sure it remains secret.

dread lineTo order The Dread Line, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores here.

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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? Brilliant Blues Guitarist JP Soars!

JP Soars

JP Soars

JP Soars, who toured with heavy metal bands before coming home to the blues, has a unique playing style. I love his music. You can learn more about him by clicking here.

I slapped this photo when my wife Patricia and I caught one of his performances live last fall. Like us, Liam Mulligan, the hero of my crime novels, is a big blues fan, listening to the likes of Buddy Guy, Tommy Castro and BB King as he cruises around New England exposing bad guys.

The Dread Line is the fifth book in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva. In it, New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Liam Mulligan, the hero of the novels, to investigate the background of a college star they are thinking of drafting. At first, the job seems routine, but as soon as he starts asking questions, he gets push-back. The player has something to hide, and someone is willing to kill to make sure it remains secret.

dread lineTo order The Dread Line, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores here.

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NPR’s Scott MacKay Names “The Dread Line” Among the Best Books of 2016

Scott MacKay

Scott MacKay

My thanks to Scott MacKay of Rhode Island’s National Public Radio affiliate for including my latest crime novel, The Dread Line, on the list of his favorite reads in 2016.

Scott, a fine reporter and avid reader, had this to say previously when he reviewed the book: “Bruce DeSilva is to Rhode Island what James Lee Burke is to Louisiana. . . . A rollicking read.”

The Dread Line is the fifth book in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva. In it, New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Liam Mulligan, the hero of the novels, to investigate the background of a college star they are thinking of drafting. At first, the job seems routine, but as soon as he starts asking questions, he gets push-back. The player has something to hide, and someone is willing to kill to make sure it remains secret.

dread lineTo order The Dread Line, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores here.

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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? Atlanta Bluesman Tinsley Ellis.

tinsley-ellis-1-doneTinsley Ellis, an Atlanta blues singer and guitarist, founded The Heartfixers in 1981, and carried that band to regional fame before leaving for a solo career, releasing recordings with Alligator Records, the groundbreaking blues record label. His new album was released on his own label, Heartfixer Music. You can learn more about Tinsley and his music here.

I snapped the photo last fall when my wife Patricia and I met him on a Legendary Rhythm and Blues cruise in the Caribbean. Like us, Liam Mulligan, the hero of my crime novels, is a big blues fan, listening to the likes of Buddy Guy, Tommy Castro and BB King as he cruises around New England exposing bad guys.

The Dread Line is the fifth book in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva. In it, New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Liam Mulligan, the hero of the novels, to investigate the background of a college star they are thinking of drafting. At first, the job seems routine, but as soon as he starts asking questions, he gets push-back. The player has something to hide, and someone is willing to kill to make sure it remains secret.

dread lineTo order The Dread Line, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores here.

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PW Gives A Starred Review to “Incendiary Art”

artCongratulations to my brilliant wife Patricia Smith, who just received a starred review from Publishers Weekly for her forthcoming poetry collection, Incendiary Art.

The review says in part: “Using the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till as her anchor, Smith explores how the lives of black Americans get cut short by racism, particularly by white fear of black masculinity. . . . She blends lyric with news report to write of police brutality and the murders of black men, women, and children by unaccountable police officers. A refrain rings out, ‘The gun said: I just had an accident.’ Smith exhibits razor-sharp linguistic sensibilities that give her scenes a cinematic flair and her lines a momentum that buoys their emotional weight. . . . Smith’s urgent collection lives up to its title, burning bright and urgent as a bonfire.”

It will be published in February, but can be ordered in advance here.

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“The Dread Line” Now Available As An Audio Book

Just in dread linetime for Christmas: The Dread Line is now available as a downloadable audio book from Audible.com.  The novel is the latest in my Edgar Award-winning crime fiction series featuring Liam Mulligan.

It is read by veteran actor and book narrator Jim Frangione, who has done a great job. Order it here: http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/The-Dread-Line-Audiobook/B01N5H4VBK?source_code=AUDORWS0211159CM9

The Dread Line is the fifth book in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva. In it, New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Liam Mulligan, the hero of the novels, to investigate the background of a college star they are thinking of drafting. At first, the job seems routine, but as soon as he starts asking questions, he gets push-back. The player has something to hide, and someone is willing to kill to make sure it remains secret.

 

 

 

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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? Best-Selling Mystery Writer Ace Atkins!

aca-atkins-doneAce Akins is the New York Times best-selling author of 19 novels. Among them are two current series: one featuring former Army ranger Quinn Colson and the other the Boston-based Spenser novels, a series he picked up from the late Robert B. Parker.If you haven’t read this fine writer and storyteller, you should reassess your priorities. You can learn more about him here.

This is what Ace has to say about The Dread Line: “I’ve been a big fan of Bruce DeSilva’s excellent Liam Mulligan books from the start. How could I not enjoy stories about a wisecracking newspaper reporter uncovering corruption and taking down the bad guys? DeSilva’s fifth Mulligan book, The Dread Line, definitely brings back the glory days of ‘newspaper noir; with a modern story about pro football. Highly recommended.”

The Dread Line is the fifth book in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva. In it, New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Liam Mulligan, the hero of the novels, to investigate the background of a college star they are thinking of drafting. At first, the job seems routine, but as soon as he starts asking questions, he gets push-back. The player has something to hide, and someone is willing to kill to make sure it remains secret.

dread lineTo order The Dread Line, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores here.

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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? It’s Blues Singer Tommy Castro!

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Who’s reading The Dread Line, the latest in my Edgar Award-winning series of crime novels, now? It’s blues singer, song writer and guitarist Tommy Castro, who’s long been one of my favorites. We’ve also been friends for years, hence the goofy photo to go along with the serious one.

I first met Tommy on a visit to Chicago fifteen years ago, when my wife Patricia Smith and I decided to take in some live music at one of the city’s remaining blues clubs. We checked the listings and learned that The Tommy Castro Band was appearing at Buddy Guy’s club, Legends.

“Tommy Castro?” I said. “Never heard of him.”

“Neither have I,” Patricia said, “but to play at Legends, you have to audition for Buddy, so how bad could he be?”  When we pushed through the door that night, the place was packed, and by the time the band finished their first number, “If I had a Nickel,” Tommy owned us.

Sine then we’ve been buying all of his CDs and catching him live every chance we can. We admire his fine guitar playing, his soulful voice, his charismatic stage presence, his covers of classic blues songs, and most of all of his own compositions — songs like “Lucky in Love,” “Just a Man,” “Right as Rain,” and many more.

So it came as no surprise to us that Liam Mulligan, the fictional hero of my hardboiled crime novels, turned out to be a big Tommy Castro fan, too. In the very first book, Mulligan took to playing Tommy’s CDs as he cruised around Rhode Island looking for trouble.

Meanwhile, Tommy has been reading my Mulligan novels on the road, usually on his Kindle, since the first one came out in 2010. Patricia and I last got together with him in September on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. That’s when took the pictures.

You can get a taste of some of the latest music by Tommy Castro and the Painkillers here. And you can learn more about him and his music here.

The Dread Line is the fifth book in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva. In it, New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Liam Mulligan, the hero of the novels, to investigate the background of a college star they are thinking of drafting. At first, the job seems routine, but as soon as he starts asking questions, he gets push-back. The player has something to hide, and someone is willing to kill to make sure it remains secret.

dread lineTo order The Dread Line, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores here.

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