The Providence Journal always reviews my hard-boiled crime novels, perhaps because the books, featuring investigative reporter Liam Mulligan, are set in that city. This time the newspaper tapped veteran thriller writer Jon Land, a Rhode Island native, to write the review. Here’s what he said in part:
If A Scourge of Vipers were a film, it would’ve been shot in black and white, full of empty paper coffee cups and laced with stale cigarette smoke. Bogart could play a deadpan Mulligan as a 21st-century update of Sam Spade or Phillip Marlowe. DeSilva plainly belongs in the company of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, a contemporary tour guide through society’s seedy underbelly who has fashioned a masterpiece of hard-boiled crime melodrama.
You can read the full text of the review here.
A Scourge of Vipers, the third novel in my Edgar Award-winning series, had already received coveted starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. The book officially goes on sale April 7 and can be ordered in advance from one of the online booksellers you can find by clicking here.
And if you’d like to know more about the reviewer, you can read about Jon Land and his novels here.