Look Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers.” It’s Thriller Writer Greg Iles.

DONE Greg IlesGreg Iles, a New York Times best-selling author, is one of the best thriller writers in the business. You can find our more about him and his work here.

A Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilva is the fourth in my Edgar Award-winning series featuring Liam Mulligan, an investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, R.I.  The new novel has received rave reviews in The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and a host of other publications. You can order any of the books in the series from independent or chain online bookstores by following this link.

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Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers” Now? Best-selling Thriller Writer Paul Levine!

DONE Paul LevinePaul Levine is the author of the best-selling Jake Lassiter thrillers! He’s also a very nice guy. I got a chance to chat with him again at the Thrillerfest conference in Manhattan last week.

You can learn more about Paul and his work here.

A Scourge of Vipers is the fourth in my Edgar Award-winning series featuring Liam Mulligan, an investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, R.I.  The new novel has received rave reviews in The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and a host of other publications. You can order any of the books in the series from independent or chain online bookstores by following this link.

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Providence Bookstore Appearance

books-on-the-squareAt 4 p.m., tomorrow (Saturday, July 18), I’ll be speaking and signing copies of A Scourge of Vipers, my latest hard-boiled crime novel, at Books on the Square, an independent bookstore at 471 Angell St, Providence, RI. Hope to see some of you there.

The book  is the fourth in my Edgar Award-winning series featuring Liam Mulligan, an investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, R.I.  The new novel has received rave reviews in The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and a host of other publications. If you can’t make it to the event tomorrow, you can order any of the books in the series from independent or chain online bookstores by following this link.

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Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers” Now? It’s Novelist Reed Farrel Coleman

DONE Reed Farrel ColemanReed Farrel Coleman is one of the most respected crime novelists around–a three-time Edgar Award nominee, a three-time recipient of the Shamus Award for best private eye novel, and a winner of the Audie, Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards.

The New York Times best-selling author has been called a hard-boiled poet by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan and the “noir poet laureate” in the Huffington Post.  The author of the acclaimed Moe Prager series, he recently was selected to continue the late Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone series.

You can learn more about Reed here: http://reedcoleman.com/

A Scourge of Vipers is the fourth in my Edgar Award-winning series featuring Liam Mulligan, an investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, R.I.  The new novel has received rave reviews in The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and a host of other publications. You can order any of the books in the series from independent or chain online bookstores by following this link.

 

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James Taylor At Tanglewood on the Fourth of July

The great James Taylor was superb, as always, at Tanglewood, MA, on the Fourth of July. My wife Patricia Smith and I took the photos.

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A Rave Review of the Audio Edition of “A Scourge of Vipers”

4ca6f-a2bscourge2bof2bvipersA glowing review of the audio edition of A Scourge of Vipers, my latest Mulligan crime novel, just landed on this website.

It includes a link to the audio of the first chapter. Check it out.

My novels featuring Liam Mulligan have won the Edgar Award and the Macavity Award and been listed as a finalist for the Shamus, Barry, and Anthony awards. The new novel has received rave reviews in The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and a host of other publications. You can order any of the books in the series from independent or chain online bookstores by following this link.

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Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers?” Bob Kulik of The Happenings!

Bob Kulik

Bob Kulik

If you’re part of my generation, you remember “The Happenings,” a singing group from Patterson, New Jersey, that burst on the scene in 1966 with “See You In September.” Today, they’re still touring with several of the original members.

I caught up with band member Bob Kulik today at a party celebrating the 10th-year anniversary of my favorite breakfast place, The Colonial Coffee Shoppe, in Howell, NJ.  Bob sang for three hours straight and sounded damned good.

My crime novels featuring Liam Mulligan have won the Edgar Award and the Macavity Award and been listed as a finalist for the Shamus, Barry, and Anthony awards. The new novel, A Scourge of Vipers, has received rave reviews in The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and a host of other publications. You can order any of the books in the series from independent or chain online bookstores by following this link.

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Four Thriller Writers Who Also Review Books

Jon Land

Jon Land

Jeff Ayers

Jeff Ayers

Myles Knapp

Myles Knapp

Me at the Mysterious Bookshop

Me at the Mysterious Bookshop

Jon Land, Jeff Ayers, Myles Knapp, and I have two big things in common. We are all authors of thriller or crime novels and we all review books for major publications.

In anticipation of the upcoming Thrillerfest conference in New York City, Lindsey Lochner interviewed three of us, asking about trends, book reviewing, and related subjects from our unusual perspective.

You can read text of the interview here.

 

 

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The Great Howard Frank Mosher Reviews “A Scourge of Vipers”

Mosher_Howard_FrankHoward Frank Mosher has long been one of my favorite writers. His novels, including The Great Northern Express, Walking to Gatlinburg, On Kingdom Mountain, and my favorite, Waiting for Teddy Williams, make him the closest thing to Mark Twain we have these days. So I was thrilled that he took the time to write a long review of my latest hardboiled crime novel for Goodreads.com–and even more thrilled by what he had to say. Here it is:

Liam Mulligan, the eponymously-named investigative reporter and main character of Bruce DeSilva’s terrific new novel A Scourge of Vipers is the last of a breed. Anarchic, hilarious, fearless, altruistic, smart-mouthed and above all bedrock decent, the hero of DeSilva’s fourth Rhode Island mystery is at it again.“Trouble is my business,” he quips to a friend, but on the bottom line, he isn’t kidding. Both professionally and temperamentally, Mulligan goes looking for it.

This time around, Mulligan’s stepped into a nest of killer-bees, including some very bad customers on both sides of the law. The issue? Mulligan’s close friend from childhood, the former nun, Fiona McNerney, now Rhode Island’s governor, proposes to legalize sports betting in order to raise revenue for the Ocean State. The Mob, of course, opposes the governor’s bill. They want to maintain their monopoly on sports gambling in the states where it’s illegal. The NCAA and pro sports franchises, too, are against legalization, though not for the reason one might suppose. Nearby casinos, on the other hand, like the idea. They hope to clean up by getting a piece of the action.

The one objective these factions all have in common is to keep Liam Mulligan’s newspaperman’s nose out of their business. The Providence police, some of them anyway, detest Mulligan even more. Even Mulligan’s corporate, yes-man boss has little use for him. The only reason he keeps him around is to rewrite press releases.

Soon enough, as the gambling war heats up, Mulligan finds himself a suspect in a related missing person case, not to mention a target of a hitman whose fecklessness makes him all the more dangerous. At the same time, Liam, a former college hoopster, is trying out for Providence’s Class D pro basketball team. Oh, and he’s taken in a homeless bouncer who “drinks a sixpack a day and farts a lot.” And he wants desperately to win back his former girlfriend, Yolanda, a beautiful and brilliant African American attorney and a great character in her own right.

In fact, Mulligan’s relationship with Yolanda lies at the heart of A Scourge of Vipers. “Having things in common is important,” Mulligan tells her. “[But] the differences are what make life interesting. When I’m with you, I see the world through fresh eyes. I can’t tell you how much I treasure that. I could learn something new from you every day of my life.’”

4ca6f-a2bscourge2bof2bvipersI, for my part, learned something new from every page of Bruce DeSilva’s new book. DeSilva, a long-time newspaperman himself, knows everything there is to know about the newspaper business, small-city politics, basketball and, not incidentally, the very good heart of Liam Mulligan.

But what about the vipers in the novel’s title? I’ll say this much. Yes, you’ll meet a real reptile in this terrific story, a harmless and rather endearing little garter snake Mulligan makes a pet of. For the true “vipers,” though, you’ll have to follow DeSilva’s reporter through the river-front tenements and backroom gambling dens and corrupt police precincts of “Rogue Island.” That’s a trip you’ll enjoy. There’s even a hint or two of what devilment Mulligan may be up to in the next installment.

I, for one, can’t wait.

My crime novels featuring Liam Mulligan have won the Edgar Award and the Macavity Award and been listed as a finalist for the Shamus, Barry, and Anthony awards. The new novel, A Scourge of Vipers, has received rave reviews in The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and a host of other publications. You can order any of the books in the series from independent or chain online bookstores by following this link.

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The Great Bob Dylan Is A Fan of My Mulligan Novels!

dylanWho’s reading A Scourge of Vipers, my new Mulligan crime novel? BOB DYLAN.

Here’s how I know.

I was signing books at Once Upon a Crime, the wonderful mystery book store in Minneapolis, when the last person in line introduced himself as a lifelong friend of Bob’s.

“He’s a big fan of your books,” the guy said. “He’s read all the others, and he asked me to get you to sign a copy of the new one for him.”

“You’ve gotta be punking me,” I said.

The man assured me that he wasn’t. I turned and looked at the bookstore owner.

“It’s true,” she said. “Bob likes crime fiction, and he has his friend come into the shop from time to time to pick up signed copies of books by his favorite authors.”

I am one of his favorite authors? Still not quite believing, I asked if I should just sign the book or write a dedication.

Bob, the man said, would like you to dedicate it to him.

To Bob Dylan or to Robert Zimmerman? I asked, knowing the name the great man was born with.

“He prefers ‘Bob Dylan,’” his friend said.

Bob-Dylan 2I don’t think I need to tell you what Bob Dylan has meant to me, a writer who came of age in the 1960s. I was so flummoxed that I don’t even remember what I wrote in the book. I’m guessing it was either “Mulligan is still Tangled Up in Blue,” or “Mulligan’s got The Memphis Blues Again.” Those are references to Dylan songs, of course, and as readers of the Mulligan novels know, my series character is a big fan of the blues.

That the genius who wrote Blood on the Tracks likes MY books is jaw-dropping. My wife Patricia and I last saw him in concert last year at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, and he put on a brilliant show. He’s on the road again this summer, and wherever he is, I hope he’s getting some pleasure out of A Scourge of Vipers.

My crime novels featuring Liam Mulligan have won the Edgar Award and the Macavity Award and been listed as a finalist for the Shamus, Barry, and Anthony awards. The new novel, A Scourge of Vipers, has received rave reviews in The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and a host of other publications. You can order any of the books in the series from independent or chain online bookstores by following this link.

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