Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now?

alafair-burke-doneAlafair Burke, a former Deputy District Attorney in Portland, Oregon, who now teaches criminal law at Hofstra, is one of the best crime novelists working today. You can learn more about her and her fine work 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.

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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? Critically Acclaimed Crime Novelist Bill Loehfelm !!

bill-loehfelm-doneBill is the author of six fine crime novels including his critically-acclaimed Maureen Coughlin series set in his adopted city of New Orleans. His latest Coughlin yarn is Let the Devil Out. You can learn more about  Bill and his work 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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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? Legendary Blues Musician Taj Mahal !!

taj-mahal-1Taj Mahal, the legendary blues singer, song writer, guitarist and harmonica player, is a two-time Grammy Award winner. My wife Patricia and I met him a week ago on a Blues Cruise in the Caribbean. To learn more about him and his music, click here.

Patricia and I are lifelong fans of the blues — and so is the hero of my crime novels, Liam Mulligan.

Taj Mahal on the Blues Cruise in October.

Taj Mahal on the Blues Cruise in October.

“Why the blues?” Mulligan asks himself in The Dread Line. “Why was I always drawn to music about hard times at the bottom of a shot glass? The music of the scorned and shattered. At the end of most every day—even the ones that didn’t involve shaking a tail, tracking down thieves, or staring at a broken body—I’d lean back with a glass of something bitter and drown in Koko Taylor’s growl, Buddy Guy’s soulful riffs, or the vibing wire of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s guitar. Just like my dad did before the cancer took him. He’d come through the door, exhausted from another day of delivering milk, put a scratchy Son Seals album on the turntable, pull out his Comet harmonica, and play along. Like him, I belonged to the downtrodden tribe that turns misery into music—the kind of music that warns us what the world is like and steels us against it. My old job as an investigative reporter, like my new one as a detective, was to probe the dark hearts we pray against. I’d locked eyes with murderers. Wondered, more than once, if something rotten was eating away at me, turning me into the very thing that I fear. Then the twang of a blues guitar would fill the room, preaching that even in the darkest of times, the idea of light exists—and that the purpose of life is just to live it.”

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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Losing My Faith In The American Democracy

branco-trump-and-hillaryFor some time now, I’ve felt my near-religious faith in the American democracy gradually slipping away.

It’s not that I am deluded that there is a better form of government. There isn’t. It’s that our representative democracy doesn’t work untended. It demands things of our people and institutions – things we seem incapable of providing.

1. Democracy requires active participation of its citizens, but of the more than 231 million Americans eligible to vote this year, 100 million decided it wasn’t worth the bother. Donald Trump was elected president by just 28 percent of those eligible to cast ballots.

2. Democracy requires a public that is informed by a free and independent press, but news organizations no longer adequately fulfill this responsibility. The decline of newspapers has been catastrophic, and nothing is on the horizon to replace them as honest and comprehensive brokers of news and information. As newspapers have faded. Americans have turned to cable TV networks and websites that confuse news with entertainment and that – by design — specialize not in information but in misinformation, many of them nothing more than naked propaganda arms of political parties or extremist groups. The more that people are exposed to them, the more MISinformed they become.

3. Democracy requires citizens who not only consume but UNDERSTAND news and information and who can make rational judgments based on it. Increasingly, far too few Americans seem capable of this responsibility of citizenship. Part of the problem, I believe, is that our educational system is more concerned with training people for the workforce than preparing them for citizenship. Hence, the shockingly large number of Americans who can’t name the three branches of government or who think that Judge Judy is on the U.S. Supreme Court. Part of the problem is that the world is complex and becoming more so. It’s not easy for most Americans to understand and make informed judgments about the science of global warming, the operation of the Federal Reserve, or the intricacies of international trade. But much of the problem, I think, is widespread indifference to public affairs or just plain laziness. Compare the sophistication of people who call in to political talk radio with those who call sports radio talk shows. Most of the former are absurdly uninformed, but may of the latter speak with remarkable sophistication about the arcane metrics of sports performances and the complexities of salary cap regulations. And mostly they are the same people.

4. Of course, one can’t be expected to understand everything. That’s why we need experts – the scientists, economists, biologists, and others with specialized knowledge who can help us navigate an increasingly complex world. But the very notion of expertise has grown suspect, largely because of years of cynical assaults upon it – sometimes from the left but mostly from the right. The result is a public vulnerable to crackpot ideas and dangerous conspiracy theories – that vaccines cause autism, that government employment figures are lies, that global warming is a hoax spread by the Chinese . . .

5. Representative government cannot function without compromise. Each side to an issue (it is simplistic to think that most issues have only two) has to give a little to gain a little. Without compromise, little or nothing is likely to get done. But we now live in a political environment – both in Washington and in the country as a whole – in which compromise is a dirty word. Obstruction has replaced the business of governing.

6. Democracy requires a measure of civility, goodwill and respect for those with whom we disagree. But in today’s America, political opponents are widely seen as enemies. And even traitors.

7. Democracy also requires that those in the majority protect the civil and human rights of those in the minority. Minorities come in many varieties – political, religious, economic, racial, ethnic, sexual preference and more – and all of us find ourselves both as part of a majority and part of a minority – often at the same time. But one of the great tragedies of American history is that, despite the words embedded in our founding documents and the many civil rights laws on the books, we have never been all that good at protecting minority rights from oppression by the majority. And both the tone set by Donald Trump and the ugly rhetoric of some of his supporters have made all sorts of bigotry more visible – and even fashionable – in 2016.

The failure of our people and institutions to meet our citizenship responsibilities led directly to the election of Donald Trump. A narcissistic, misogynist, racist, xenophobic demagogue who spews insults, has no respect for the truth, demonstrates little knowledge of either domestic or foreign affairs, and shows no curiosity about what he does not know could not have been elected in a healthy democracy.

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

walter-mosleyWalter Mosley has written more than 40 critically acclaimed books including the best-selling Easy Rawlins crime novels. But he’s done much more than that, writing literary novels, science fiction, political monographs and even a young adult novel. You can learn more about this extraordinary writer 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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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? It’s Best-Selling Mystery Writer C.J. Box!

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C. J. Box, a New York Times best-selling author, has written 21 novels in his Joe Pickett Series. He’s won the Edgar,  Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe and Barry awards as well as the Western Heritage Award for literature. You can learn more about him and his fine work 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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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line”Now? Mystery Writer Kenneth Wishnia!

ken-wishnia-doneKenneth Wishnia’s mystery novels have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, and have made Best Mystery of the Year lists at Booklist, Library Journal, and The Washington Post. His short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Murder in Vegas, Long Island Noir, Queens Noir, Politics Noir, Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail, and elsewhere.

You can learn more about him and his fine work 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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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? Best-Selling Crime Novelist Harlan Coben!

coben-doneHarlan Coben is one of the best, and most popular, crime novelists working today, with his last ten books all debuting at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list.  You can learn more about him and his work 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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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? Comix Author And Crime Novelist Gary Phillips!

gary-phillips-done-editedGary Phillips is one of the most versatile noir writers around, penning gritty novels, hard-boiled short stories, and a series of wickedly dark comix. You can learn more about Gary and his work 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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Casting “Dread Line,” The Movie

dread lineMarshal Zeringue of The Campaign for the American Reader asked me to write a guest blog explaining how I would cast a film version of The Dread Line, the fifth book in my Edgar Award-winning series of crime novels. Here’s what I sent him:

Since getting fired in spectacular fashion from his Rhode Island newspaper job last year (A Scourge of Vipers, 2015), Liam Mulligan is trying to piece together a new life—one that straddles both sides of the law. He’s getting some part-time work with his friend McCracken’s detective agency. He’s picking up beer money by freelancing for a local news website. And he’s looking after his semi-retired mobster-friend’s bookmaking business. But he’s still an anti-authoritarian with a strong but shifting sense of justice, he remains prone to ill-timed wisecracks, and of course, he still can’t seem to stay out of trouble.

In The Dread Line, he’s feuding with a feral cat that keeps leaving its kills on his porch. He’s obsessed with a baffling jewelry heist. And he’s enraged that someone in town is torturing animals. All of this keeps distracting him from a big case that needs his attention. The New England Patriots, still shaken by murder charges against their superstar tight end, have hired Mulligan and McCracken to investigate the background of a college athlete they are thinking of drafting. At first, the job seems routine, but as soon as they start asking questions, they get push-back. The player, it seems, has something to hide – and someone is willing to kill to make sure it remains secret.

The new novel has a colorful and quirky cast of characters, some new and others who were introduced in the first four novels in the series. Movie thrillers tend to be full of gunfights, car chases and explosions, but there’s not much of that in my novels; so I think my books may be better suited to be turned into a character-driven television crime drama such as The Sopranos, Justified, or Ray Donovan.

LearyI’ve always thought that Boston-raised actor Denis Leary (Rescue Me) embodies the smart mouth and bad attitude toward authority that is Mulligan; but my character is a youthful 45, and Leary may be getting a bit old for the role.

 

 

liev-schreiberLately, I’ve been picturing Liev Schreiber as Mulligan. He’s got the bad attitude part down cold, and in Showtime’s Ray Donovan, one of the best shows on television, he’s adopted a convincing New England accent.
The rest of the cast:

kerryKerry Washington (Scandal) as attorney Yolanda Mosely-Jones, Mulligan’s love interest. She embodies Yolanda’s elegance and intelligence—and I think my hero deserves a woman like her.
 

chiklisMichael Chiklis (The Shield) as Bruce McCracken, Mulligan’s tough-as-nails boss at the detective agency.

 

 

thegronkRob Gronkowski (of the New England Patriots) as Conner Bowditch, the football prospect Mulligan investigates. Gronk may lack acting experience, but all he has to do is be himself.

 

6th Annual Food Bank For New York "Can-Do" Awards Dinner - ArrivalsSteve Schirripa (The Sopranos) as Joseph DeLucca, Mulligan’s thuggish, smarter-than-he-looks friend, who is helping run the bookmaking business. Schirripa has both the right look and the perfect working-class manner of speaking.

 

 

laurieHugh Laurie (Veep) as Ellington Cargill, the arrogant billionaire whose jewelry is stolen in the heist Mulligan investigates—while not really caring if the creep ever gets it back.
BeghekyraJason Beghe (Chicago PD) and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) as the homicide twins, two Providence cops who have it in for Mulligan. They both know how to give somebody a hard time.

 

robertRobert De Niro (what hasn’t he been in?) as slimy, smooth-talking sports agent Morris Dunst.

 

 

John-Francis-Daley-image-3John Francis Daley (Bones) as Mulligan’s young news biz pal, Edward Anthony Mason III, AKA Thanks-Dad. Like Thanks-Dad, he conveys a misleading naivety that makes him easy to underestimate.

 

 

joe_mantegna_2014Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) as Chief Ragsdale, the over-his-head small-town police chief on the island of Jamestown, where some of the action takes place.\

 

 

img_0642_edited-2And Bruce DeSilva as Carmine Grasso, Rhode Island’s biggest mobbed-up fence, because it’s a small part so I should be able to remember my lines.

 

 

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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