Here’s what Booklist had to say:
“Ex-journalist DeSilva won both the Edgar and Macavity awards for best first novel with his debut thriller, Rogue Island (2010). His second book proves the awards were no fluke.
“Liam Mulligan returns as a man who fell in love a long time ago with the wrong profession, journalism, and who records the layoffs and cutbacks inflicted on his daily paper in Providence, Rhode Island, as he struggles to keep doing investigative work. A last-minute assignment to cover a soiree at a Newport mansion finds Mulligan catching a breather on the famed Cliff Walk fronting the mansions and facing the sea. He’s just in time to see a man in a tuxedo fall to his death on the rocks below.
“The man turns out to be an Internet pornographer with ties to Rhode Island’s power elite. And his death turns out to be from a gunshot in his neck. Mulligan has to convince “Thanks-Dad,” the son of the paper’s publisher, to let him investigate.
“His examination into the Cliff Walk murder leads into the porn empire that has tentacles into so many power brokers’ pockets, and into a series of child murders. Although DeSilva is writing about pornography, he never exploits it for cheap thrills. His plotting is exquisite.
“Mulligan’s musings on the dying newspaper industry, coupled with his unrelenting love and respect for journalism, could only come from someone like DeSilva, who worked for AP for decades. Terrific on every level.”
Cliff Walk will be published on May 22, but both hardcover and Kindle editions are available for advance orders here.