“Bruce DeSilva has our state down, from its claustrophobic culture to its florid politics and the crime and corruption that have been part of the Ocean State since Roger Williams paddled his canoe across the Seekonk River and founded Divine Providence in 1636.
“DeSilva’s first Rhode Island-centered novel, Rogue Island, was a laugh-out-loud caricature of our state. Cliff Walk is darker, with a focus on the sex-for-hire and pornographic movie industries
“Here you will find such gems as the scenes from inside Providence’s gritty strip clubs; the precise filet mignon sauce from the menu at the Capital Grille; the swells at the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, and the seamy underbelly of the state’s mobsters and cops. . . . The newspaper racket is depicted in all its raffish glory, as if Ben Hecht’s Front Page crashed into the Internet age.
“In Cliff Walk, DeSilva finds the humanity in the futile, charm in the quotidian, and hope amid life’s brokenness. Think Robert B. Parker moved south from Boston to Providence, with quahogs and Killian’s standing in for lobster and fine wine. Cliff Walk will keep you turning the page and reminding you why Rhode Island has long been described as a theme park for reporters and detectives.”
The novel, the sequel to the book that won both the Edgar and the Macavity Awards, will be published in hardcover and kindle editions by Forge on May 22. You can purchase advance copies here.