Clay Stafford, author, filmmaker, and founder of the Killer Nashville conference, wrote this commentary on Providence Rag, the latest novel in my hardboiled Liam Mulligan series, to accompany a guest blog I wrote for the conference website:
“Madness and Media: An Ethical Exploration:
“Author Bruce DeSilva goes, not only into the mind of a serial killer, but into the court system designed to hold him in Killer Nashville’s 52 Weeks, 52 Guest Bloggers series.
“Never say never. That’s one of those things we all probably learn with age. Edgar-winning author Bruce DeSilva swore he would never write a story about a serial killer. But he did. Sort of.
“What he has written is a story that haunts you. What kind of person is safe for release and, if everyone knows a prisoner is a time bomb, is it right to release him? Or is the court system allowed to invent charges to keep certain people behind bars after they have served their time for the public good? Doesn’t happen? Yes, it does.
“This is one of the most intriguing and informative studies I’ve read in a long time and we couldn’t find a better author than Bruce DeSilva to fictionalize it. This story will make you think.
“I can see why Bruce DeSilva wanted to write Providence Rag, even if it is something he said he would never do. This is not a story about where do you get your ideas, but how do you exorcise them for your mind. Some stories such as this- haunting and ethical- need to find a voice.”
You can read all of the guest blogs, including mine, here.
Providence Rag is the third novel in my Edgar Award-winning series featuring Liam Mulligan, an investigative reporter at a dying Providence, R.I., newspaper. I hope you will purchase a copy from an independent bookstore; you can locate one in your area here. If that’s not convenient for you, the novel, as well as the first two books in the series, are available in print, e-book, and audio editions here.