Author Archives: Bruce DeSilva

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Crime Novelist

New Icelandic Thriller By Ragnar Jonasson — My Review

It’s reunion week in Iceland for Daniel, Armann, Gunnlaugur, and Helena, who were tight in college and like to get together every year or so to drink heavily and catch up. As “Outside” — Ragnar Jonasson’s ninth thriller translated from … Continue reading

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Lee Goldberg’s Movie Land Rocks–My Review

“Movieland,” Lee Goldberg’s fourth novel featuring Ronin, is every bit as good as the first three. The characters, including victims, suspects, and an assortment of lazy, hardworking, honest and corrupt cops, are quirky and well developed. The depiction of police … Continue reading

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Killed by Illegal Abortion: May Burns, My Great Grandmother.

Originally posted on Bruce DeSilva's Rogue Island:
Before Roe v. Wade, untold numbers of America women died from illegal abortions. One of them was May Burns of Middleboro, Massachusetts, shown here in her only surviving photograph. She was my…

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Peter Swanson’s New Thriller Riffs On a Mystery Classic

The elderly owner of a decaying hotel in Kennewick, Maine, is shoved to the ground, dragged to a tidal pool, and held there face down until he drowns. When police arrive, they find a crumpled piece of paper clutched in … Continue reading

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My Review of Phillip Margolin’s Dreary New “Thriller”

Plot elements in The Darkest Place, Phillip Margolin’s fifth legal thriller featuring Portland, Oregon, lawyer Robbin Lockwood, include a bitter divorce, a looted investment firm, a surrogate mother who wants her baby back, a kidnapping, a pair of thuggish debt … Continue reading

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My Review of Alex Finlay’s “Night Shift”

New Year’s Eve, 1999. Four teenage girls working late at a video store in Linden, New Jersey, are savagely attacked. Only one, Ella Monroe, survives, and she is still haunted by what the killer whispered as he stabbed her. “Goodnight, … Continue reading

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Joanna Schaffhausen’s “Last Seen Alive.” — My Review

When the police work is finally completed and the plot-points resolved in Joanna Schaffhausen’s “Last Seen Alive,” the author breaks the unwritten rules for such books by writing another 75 pages. In them, writing with empathy and psychological insight, she … Continue reading

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My Review of Tim Dorsey’s “Mermaid Confidetial”

Tim Dorsey’s slapstick-noir novels about obsessive-compulsive serial killer Serge Storms are apt to offend those who believe that drug abuse and grisly murders are unfit subjects for humor. However, his fans find an abundance of chuckles and belly laughs in … Continue reading

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My Review of Nick Petrie’s New Thriller

Long haul trucker Roy Wiley is handsome and charming, so when he stops at a gas station in dreary Coldwater, Montana, the lonely 19-year-old girl working behind the counter begs him to take her with him. But Wiley is not … Continue reading

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The Inverted Pyramid Is the Dracula of Journalism

Q: Hello Bruce. Ben Forbes is a freshman at Salem State University and he asked me to ask you why you have such strong feelings about the inverted pyramid. He is writing a paper about Journalism, and other journalists say … Continue reading

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