Author Archives: Bruce DeSilva

About Bruce DeSilva

Crime Novelist

Author Ben Coes Throws Another Tantrum

      I just received this infantile email from author Ben Coes in response to my review of his latest, breathtakingly bad novel, “The Island.” It’s a lot like the email he sent a year ago when I reviewed his previous … Continue reading

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One of the Finest Popular Science Books of This or Any Year

First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human, by Jeremy DeSilva, is being released by Harper Collins on April 6, and it is destined to be one of the finest popular science books of the year. Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus … Continue reading

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If You Are Considering Sunnova as Your Solar Power Provider, Think Again

Sunnova Energy Corp. is one of the worst firms I have dealt with in my entire life—and I’m 74 years old. Unless I sign a contract that is absurd on its face and impossible to comply with, Sunnova will not … Continue reading

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My Review of Tim Dorsey’s New Serge Storms Novel

Tropic of Stupid, the 24th novel in Tim Dorsey’s series featuring obsessive-compulsive psychopath Serge Storms, finds the anti-hero and his drugged out sidekick, Colman, zipping around their beloved Florida in a borrowed sports car. As usual, they’ve got a kidnap … Continue reading

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TREASON: Punishing the Assault on the Capitol Building

WHAT SHOULD, but probably won’t, happen now: Fifty-five people have already been arrested in connection with the attack on the U.S. Capitol on charges ranging from unlawful entry and theft to assault and weapons offenses. Prosecutors could add additional charges … Continue reading

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Parnell Hall: Farwell to a Dear Friend

Mystery writer Parnell Hall, died Tuesday. He’d been seriously ill this year, but he was recovering until Covid-19 arrived and took him. I met him 11 years ago when he showed up at a book signing at New York’s Mysterious … Continue reading

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Jeff Lindsay’s New Riley Wolfe Thriller: A Review

Riley Wolfe has surely met his match in Fool Me Twice, the second novel in Jeff Lindsay’s series about the self-proclaimed world’s greatest thief. This time, his target is Raphael’s The Liberation of St. Peter. The priceless work of art … Continue reading

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Thomas Perry’s Butcher’s Boy Is BACK–A Book Review

Thirty-eight years after Thomas Perry first introduced us to “the butcher’s boy,” the hitman is back for only the fourth installment in this sporadic series. This time, in “Eddie’s Boy,” the tale finds him forced out of retirement at age … Continue reading

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Rondo: Farewell to the World’s First Perfect Dog

I liked telling friends that Rondo was the end point of canine evolution—that some 40,000 years after the canis lupus familiaris lineage split from its wolf ancestors, the world had finally produced the perfect dog. I’ve never seen another remotely … Continue reading

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Book Review: Michael Connelly’s “The Law of Innocence”

Michael Connelly’s novels have long been distinguished by his mastery of the complexities of the justice system including an ability to get police and courtroom procedures exactly right. Combine this with a cast of well-drawn characters, writing as precise as … Continue reading

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