On Book Tour With My Friend, The Great Reed Farrel Coleman

a1Reed Farrel Coleman and I talked about our new novels and signed copies for readers at two great bookstores, Murder by the Book in Houston and Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ, last week.

My new one is The Dread Line, the fifth in my Edgar Award-winning series of Liam Mulligan novels.

His is Debt to Pay, another in the fine Jesse Stone series that Reed is continuing since the death of the late great Robert B. Parker. I first met Reed when my first novel came out in 2009, and he’s become a valued friend. I hope the lively crowds of readers who turned out had as good a time as we did.

poisoned-penAfter the Houston event, my old Associated Press colleague, Kit Frieden, and her outdoor writer husband Phil Shook went out for food and drink with us. It was wonderful to see them both looking fit and prosperous.

Following the event in Scottsdale, Reed and I caught a 5 a.m. flight to New Orleans for the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in New Orleans, where we communed with hundreds of fellow writers and signed lots of copies for the thousands of fans in attendance.

Here’s what Reed has to say about my new book: “From the great first line, through the smart twisty plot, to the final word, DeSilva’s The Dread Line is pure magic. Mulligan is a Hall of Fame PI who’d fit comfortably between Marlowe, Spade, and Easy Rawlins.”

I was a fan of Reed’s novels, particularly his brilliant Moe Prager series, long before I met him. And his new series featuring former Long Island cop Gus Murphy is sensational.

dread lineIn The Dread Line, the New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Mulligan (not a true story) 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.

To order The Dread Line, the fifth in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores  here. 

And please click here to learn more about Reed and his great books.



About Bruce DeSilva

Crime Novelist
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