Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? Acclaimed Children’s Author R.L. Stine!

R.L. Stine reading "The Dread Line" by Bruce DeSilva

R.L. Stine reading “The Dread Line” by Bruce DeSilva

R.L. Stine’s books have sold more than 350 million copies worldwide, making him one of the best-selling children’s authors of all time. I snapped this photo of him at a writing conference last fall. 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? Chicago Bluesman Lil’ Ed!

lil-ed-2Lil’ Ed (last name Williams) is the singer-songwriter and guitar-playing frontman for one of the last authentic Chicago blues bands, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials.

My wife Patricia and I met him on a Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise last fall. You can learn more about him here. And you can see one of his band’s performances 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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Thank You, Howard Frank Mosher, For Your Friendship And The Inspiration Of Your Life’s Work

Howard Frank Mosher showing me his beloved Northeast Kingdom, VT

Howard Frank Mosher showing me his beloved Northeast Kingdom, VT

Yesterday, I was reading The True Account: A Novel of the Lewis & Clark & Kinneson Expeditions, one of couple of Howard Frank Mosher novels I hadn’t yet gotten around to, when I received word that the author, and my dear friend, has entered hospice care with an aggressive, virtually untreatable form of cancer. And my heart just broke.

Howard, the closest thing America has ever had to Mark Twain, was already a favorite of mine when I wrote a glowing review of his 2014 novel, Waiting for Teddy Williams, for The Associated Press. He responded with a warm note of thanks, and a long-distance friendship was born. He and his sweet wife Phillis started corresponding with me sporadically, usually by email or on Facebook, often about our work.

Howard was always warm, gracious, and generous, writing several times with praise about my novels. As it turned out, he was also an admirer of my brilliant wife Patricia Smith’s poetry, able to recite lines of it from memory. So when she sought (successfully) a Guggenheim, Howard, a Guggenheim fellow himself, wrote an elegant letter in support of her application.

Howard Frank Mosher (l) with me and my wife Patricia Smith

Howard Frank Mosher (l) with me and my wife Patricia Smith

In July of 2013, Patricia and I made the long drive to Vermont’s remote Northeast Kingdom to visit with Howard and Phillis. During our two days at their rambling farmhouse, they were perfect hosts, treating us to a tour of the area, some excellent meals, and, best of all, two evenings of great conversation about storytelling, family, and the Boston Red Sox. Howard also spun some Northeast Kingdom lore which later showed up in one of his novels. Although it was the first time we had met face to face, those two days passed in such comfortable intimacy that it felt as if we had always been friends.

As we took our leave, the four of us agreed we would have to do this again. But, as tends to happens, life in the form of work and family intervened, and somehow we never got around to it making that long trip to the Northeast Kingdom again. Now Patricia and I are left with our memories and a shelf of great books that deserve to be read and reread forever.

Me with Howard and his wife Phillis

Me with Howard and his wife Phillis

If you don’t know Howard Frank Mosher’s wise and funny novels, do yourself a favor. Start with Waiting for Teddy Williams or Up On Kingdom Mountain, and if you treasure great writing and storytelling, you won’t be able to stop. Howard’s next and last, Points North, will be published later this year. For his friendship, his good humor, and the inspiration of his life’s work, I will always be grateful.

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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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