More Than 50 Fine Novelists Recommend My Mulligan Crime Novels

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My heartfelt thanks to more than 50 fine writers, most but not all of them crime novelists, for going out of their way to recommend my hardboiled Liam Mulligan series–including the latest, The Dread Line.

Some of them did it with a shout-out on social media, some by writing blurbs for my book covers, some by penning reviews, others by posting something about my books on their blogs, and a few by doing more than one of these things.

Here’s who they are, some of them shown reading one of my novels.

Ace Atkins

Ace Atkins

Alafair Burke

Alafair Burke

Dennis Lehane,

Dennis Lehane,

James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke

Reed Farrel Coleman

Reed Farrel Coleman

Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder

Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly

 

Steve Hamilton

Steve Hamilton

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Peter Blauner

Peter Blauner

Matt Coyle

Matt Coyle

John Land

John Land

Terry Shames

Terry Shames

Seam Chercover

Seam Chercover

Chris Knopf

Chris Knopf

David Morrell

David Morrell

Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben

Tim Dorsey

Tim Dorsey

D.P. Lyle

D.P. Lyle

Brad Parks

Brad Parks

Thomas H. Cook

Thomas H. Cook

Tim Hallinan

Tim Hallinan

S. J. Rozan

S. J. Rozan

Lee Goldberg

Lee Goldberg

John Lescroart

John Lescroart

Ken Bruen

Ken Bruen

Steve Ulfelder

Steve Ulfelder

Paul Doiron

Paul Doiron

Howard Frank Mosher

Howard Frank Mosher

James W. Hall

James W. Hall

Janet Rudolph

Janet Rudolph

Marcus Sakey

Marcus Sakey

 

Gar Anthony Haywood

Gar Anthony Haywood

James Grady

James Grady

David Freed

David Freed

Michael Haskins

Michael Haskins

Bill Loehfelm

Bill Loehfelm

Tim O'Mara

Tim O’Mara

Jamie Mason

Jamie Mason

Craig Faustus Buck

Craig Faustus Buck

Greg Olear

Greg Olear

Seth Harwood

Seth Harwood

John Dos Passos Coggin

John Dos Passos Coggin

Rebecca Cantrell

Rebecca Cantrell

Daniel Palmer

Daniel Palmer

James Lincoln Warren

James Lincoln Warren

Larry Light

Larry Light

Cat Warren

Cat Warren

Sara Gran

Sara Gran

Bryan Gruley

Bryan Gruley

Kristi Belcamino

Kristi Belcamino

Ken Wishnia

Ken Wishnia

Stephen Vessels

Stephen Vessels

Paul D. Marks

Paul D. Marks

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Watch A TV Interview About the Pro Football Angle in My New Crime Novel

patsThe show is called The Take. The host is Sue O’Connell. The subject is why the New England Patriots are involved in the plot of The Dread Line, the latest book in my  series of critically acclaimed, hardboiled crime novels.

The interview was broadcast live last Wednesday on NECN, the New England Cable Network, but you can watch it now by clicking here.

In The Dread Line, the New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Mulligan, the hero of my 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, the fifth in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores  here. 

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Who’s Reading My New Crime Novel, “The Dread Line?” It’s David Morrell, The Creator of Rambo

The great David Morrell reading my latest crime novel, "The Dread Line"

The great David Morrell reading my latest crime novel, “The Dread Line”

Congratulations to David Morrell, the creator of Rambo, for receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in New Orleans over the weekend.

And thank you, David, for being a fan of my new crime novel, The Dread Line.

I snapped the photo of him reading my book at the convention, where we renewed our friendship. David is both an exceptional novelist and a fine gentlemen. You can learn more about him and his fine books here.

In The Dread Line, the New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Mulligan, the hero of my 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, the fifth in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores  here. 

 

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On Book Tour With My Friend, The Great Reed Farrel Coleman

a1Reed Farrel Coleman and I talked about our new novels and signed copies for readers at two great bookstores, Murder by the Book in Houston and Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ, last week.

My new one is The Dread Line, the fifth in my Edgar Award-winning series of Liam Mulligan novels.

His is Debt to Pay, another in the fine Jesse Stone series that Reed is continuing since the death of the late great Robert B. Parker. I first met Reed when my first novel came out in 2009, and he’s become a valued friend. I hope the lively crowds of readers who turned out had as good a time as we did.

poisoned-penAfter the Houston event, my old Associated Press colleague, Kit Frieden, and her outdoor writer husband Phil Shook went out for food and drink with us. It was wonderful to see them both looking fit and prosperous.

Following the event in Scottsdale, Reed and I caught a 5 a.m. flight to New Orleans for the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in New Orleans, where we communed with hundreds of fellow writers and signed lots of copies for the thousands of fans in attendance.

Here’s what Reed has to say about my new book: “From the great first line, through the smart twisty plot, to the final word, DeSilva’s The Dread Line is pure magic. Mulligan is a Hall of Fame PI who’d fit comfortably between Marlowe, Spade, and Easy Rawlins.”

I was a fan of Reed’s novels, particularly his brilliant Moe Prager series, long before I met him. And his new series featuring former Long Island cop Gus Murphy is sensational.

dread lineIn The Dread Line, the New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Mulligan (not a true story) 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.

To order The Dread Line, the fifth in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores  here. 

And please click here to learn more about Reed and his great books.

 

 

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My TV Interview About “The Dread Line” And What The New Novel Has To Do With The New England Patriots

dread lineIn this interview with GoLocalTV in Providence, news editor Kate Nagle asks me how the New England Patriots and the murder charges against their former star tight end, Aaron Hernandez, inspired the plot of The Dread Line, the latest in my series of Edgar Award-winning crime novels.

And she also asks about the sudden career change for Liam Mulligan, the hero of all five of these novels. You can watch the interview here.

To order The Dread Line by Bruce DeSilva, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores  here. 

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New England Patriots Severely Undermanned In Arizona Tonight

patsThe New England Patriots (who figure prominently in the plot of The Dread Line, my new crime novel) are starting this season the same way they left off last season — with too many key players unavailable.

It’s not just that QB Tom Brady is starting his four-game “deflategate” suspension. Four more offensive starters (that’s five of 11, folks) will have to sit this one out. Tight end Rob Gronkowski is down with a hamstring, right guard Jonathan Cooper and left tackle Nate Solder are recovering from pre-season injuries, right tackle Sebastian Vollmer is probably gone for the year, and running back Dion Lewis is out for at least six weeks.

With three of the five offensive line starters out, the Pats will rely on backups, but again there’s trouble. Guard Tre Jackson is out and guard Shaq Mason, though probably available, is hurt and not at full strength. This does not bode swell for Jimmy Garoppolo, who may find himself scrambling for his life.

On the other side of the ball, the Pats are in better shape with just starting end Rob Ninkovich and backup Tre Flowers out and key linebacker Shea McClellin one of the few walking wounded likely to be unavailable or not at full strength.

Given the relative health of the powerful Arizona Cardinals, it’s hard, even for this New England fan, to pick the Pats in this one. I just hope Bill Belichick has something up his sleeve.

dread lineIn The Dread Line, the New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Mulligan (not a true story) 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.

To order The Dread Line, the fifth in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores  here. 

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Why The Hero of My Crime Novels Loves The Blues

dread lineI’ve always loved the blues.

When I was a teenager, and all the other kids were grooving to the Beach Boys and the Beatles, I was drawn to Muddy Waters—and to the Rolling Stones, whose music owed more to American urban blues than to rock ‘n roll. Now, four decades later, my favorite vacation is a blues cruise, steaming through the tropics with the likes of Buddy Guy, Shemikia Copeland, and Magic Dick.

By remarkable coincidence, Liam Mulligan, the hero of my crime novels, loves the blues, too. As he drives around New England fighting the good fight, he’s always got Koko Taylor, B.B. King, or Stevie Ray Vaughn playing on his car’s sound system. The blues is the soundtrack of both of our lives.

But it was only with my latest novel, when a shaken Mulligan killed a man for the first time and turned to the blues for solace, that we both asked ourselves why. Why were we always drawn to music about hard times at the bottom of a shot glass—the music of the scorned and shattered?

the-blues-brothersOf course the blues, or sometimes bluesy jazz, has long been associated with noir movies and TV shows. You can hear great examples in Chinatown (1974), In the Heat of the Night (1967) Black Snake Moan(2006), and The Blues Brothers (1980), which combined Chicago-style blues with a parody of detective films. And what better to herald the arrival of a noir detective than a moaning blues saxophone like the one in the theme song from the Mike Hammer TV show (1958-9).

Mulligan inherited his love of the blues from his late father, who would 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—even though nobody would ever mistake him for Little Walter.

Bluesman Rick Estrin reading my novel, "A Scourge of Vipers."

Bluesman Rick Estrin reading my novel, “A Scourge of Vipers.”

Now, after a long day spent shaking a tail, tracking down a killer, or staring at a broken body, Mulligan does the same thing, although no one would ever mistake him for Rick Estrin. Like his father, he belongs to the downtrodden tribe that turns misery into music—the kind that warns us what the world is like and steels us against it.

It is music well-suited to Providence, R.I., where Mulligan was born and raised. About the only thing Rhode Island ever had going for it was Narragansett Bay, but the sludge from the sewage pipes and textiles mills poisoned it. The little state’s mill jobs took off for the Carolinas on their way to Latin America and South Asia in the 1960s; and after that, his little slice of New England was a dead zone for a very long time. Even now, as Providence experiences something of a renaissance, the city is crawling with working class people set upon by organized crime and politicians who misplaced the morals God gave them. The place is flooded with blue. It’s either the blues or country music that speaks to—and for—people like that, and, country never took hold there.

Phil Pemberton, vocalist with Roomful of Blues

Phil Pemberton, vocalist with Roomful of Blues

Me? I grew up just 20 miles away in a parochial Massachusetts mill town where the mill packed up and moved to South Carolina when I was ten years old. It’s no accident, then, that aside from the Cowsills, the most famous band to come out of the Rhode Island area is Roomful of Blues, whose lead singer, Phil Pemberton, is a good friend.

But there’s more to the appeal of the blues than that.

Mulligan was an investigative reporter until the dying newspaper he worked for fired him last year in A Scourge of Vipers. I used to be an investigative reporter, too. Mulligan’s new job is working part time for a private detective agency, and mine is writing crime novels. What those jobs have in common is that we are forever probing the dark hearts we pray against.

Both of us have locked eyes with mobsters, button men, pimps, drug dealers, corrupt politicians, and serial killers. More than once, we’ve found ourselves wondering if something rotten was eating away at us, turning us into the very thing that we fear. Then the twang of a blues guitar fills the room, preaching that even in the darkest of times, light exist and that the purpose of life is just to live it.

In The Dread Line, as Mulligan sips his bitter whiskey and ponders how killing a man may have changed him, he turns to “Different Shades of Blue,” a 2014 composition by Joe Bonamassa. It’s a wrenching tale of lost love, but one line said it all to both of us:

 “You carry the pain around, and that’s what gets you through.”

You can watch Bonamassa perform it here.

In The Dread Line, the New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Mulligan and McCracken (not a true story) to investigate the background of a college star they are thinking of drafting. At first, the job seems routine, but as soon as they begin asking questions, they get push-back. The player has something to hide, and someone is willing to kill to make sure it remains secret.

To order The Dread Line by Bruce DeSilva from a choice of independent or chain online bookstores, please click here. 

This post first appeared on Lisa’s Book Critiques. See more of what it has to offer about books here.

 

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Bruce DeSilva’s Updated Book Tour Schedule for “The Dread Line”

 

dread lineHere’s an update, with several additions, on where I’ll be appearing next during my ongoing book tour for The Dread Line, the fifth in my Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels.

  • Sept. 14, 06:30 PM
    Murder By the Book bookstore, 2342 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX, where I’ll be speaking and signing books along with Reed Farrel Coleman.
  • Sept. 15, 7:00 PM
    Poisoned Pen Bookstore, 4014 N. Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ, where I’ll be speaking and signing books with Reed Farrel Coleman.
  • Sept. 16- 18
    Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, Mariott Hotel, 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA. I’ll be signing free copies of one of my earlier novels at the Forge hospitality area at 3 p.m. Friday, signing copies of The Dread Line at Mystery Mike’s stand in the conference bookstore at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, and speaking on a panel about social issues in crime fiction with Gary Phillips and others at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Sept. 20 I’ll be recording an interview with Sue O’Connell for her “First Take” program on NECN, the New England cable network, broadcast time to be announced.
  • Sept. 21, 6:30 PM
    Providence Public Library, 150 Empire St, Providence, RI, where I’ll be speaking and signing books.
  • Sept. 27, 7 p.m., Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline, MA, where I’ll be appearing with Hank Phillippi Ryan. We’ll be chatting with readers and signing books.
  • Sept. 28, Bookbub.com will be offering copies of my first novel, Rogue Island, at the discount price of $1.99. Click here to subscribe to receive that and other offers on books.
  • Oct. 1, 2 pm. – 3:30 Osterville Village Library, 43 Wianno Ave, Osterville, MA, where I’ll be speaking and signing books.

In the new novel, the New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Mulligan and McCracken (not a true story) to investigate the background of a college star they are thinking of drafting. At first, the job seems routine, but as soon as they begin asking questions, they get push-back. The player has something to hide, and someone is willing to kill to make sure it remains secret.To order The Dread Line by Bruce DeSilva from a choice of independent or chain online bookstores, please click here. 

 

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Award-Winning Mystery Writer S.J. Rozan Recommends “The Dread Line”

dread lineA big thank you to S.J. Rozan, award-winning author of  fine mysteries including Ghost Hero and Blood of the Lamb, for her shout-out about The Dread Line, the fifth in my Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels.

Here’s what she had to say:

“Okay, folks, if you like your heroes hardboiled (but with a heart of gold), you’re in luck: Bruce DeSilva‘s THE DREAD LINE drops today! If you don’t know this series, how come? Grab it up! And then the earlier ones, too!”

In the new novel, the New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against their star tight end, Aaron Hernandez, (true story) have hired Mulligan and McCracken (not a true story) to investigate the background of a college player they are thinking of drafting. At first, the job seems routine, but as soon as they begin asking questions, they get push-back. The player has something to hide, and someone is willing to kill to make sure it remains secret.

To order The Dread Line by Bruce DeSilva from a choice of independent or chain online bookstores, please click here. 

S.J. Rozan reading "A Scourge of Vipers,", the fourth novel in my Liam Mulligan series.

S.J. Rozan reading “A Scourge of Vipers,”, the fourth novel in my Liam Mulligan series.

And you can learn more about S.J. and her fine books here.

 

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Best-Selling Crime Novelist Ace Atkins says “The Dread Line” Is Highly Recommended!

dread lineThanks to Ace Atkins, New York Times best-selling author of the fine Colin Quinn crime novels and the writer who has taken over Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series, for this shout-out about The Dread Line, the latest in my series of hardboiled crime novels.

Here’s what he had to say:

“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.”

In the new novel, the New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against their star tight end, Aaron Hernandez, (true story) have hired Mulligan and McCracken (not a true story) to investigate the background of a college player they are thinking of drafting. At first, the job seems routine, but as soon as they begin asking questions, they get push-back. The player has something to hide, and someone is willing to kill to make sure it remains secret.

To order The Dread Line by Bruce DeSilva from a choice of independent or chain online bookstores, please click here. 

And you can learn more about Ace and his remarkable books here.

 

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