Author Archives: Bruce DeSilva

About Bruce DeSilva

Crime Novelist

My Review of J. Todd Scott’s Fine New Crime Novel

America’s war on drugs is well-trod territory in crime fiction, and T. Jefferson Parker’s Ronald Ford series and Don Winslow’s border trilogy have set a high bar for those who dare to follow. But J. Todd Scott’s 20-year career as … Continue reading

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My Review of “Evergreen,” Howard Owen’s Emotionally Charged Mystery

When Willie Black was 15 months old, his father Artie Lee was killed in an apparent automobile accident. That’s all Willie — police reporter for a Richmond, Virgina, newspaper — knows about his dad. But in “Evergreen,” he decides to … Continue reading

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My Review of Paul Doiron’s New Crime Novel, “Almost Midnight”

In nine previous crime novels, Paul Doiron’s protagonist, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch, has made more than his share of friends and enemies. Now, in Almost Midnight, two friends featured in earlier books return, and both are in desperate need … Continue reading

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My Review of Kate Atkinson’s “Big Sky”

Former soldier and policeman Jackson Brodie, who last appeared nine years ago in “Started Early, Took My Dog,” makes his long-anticipated return in Kat Atkinson’s new novel, “Big Sky.” As always in an Atkinson novel, the pleasures derive from her … Continue reading

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Launch Party for “Down To the River,” New Crime Fiction Anthology

That’s crime novelist Tim O’Mara with my amazing wife Patricia Smith at New York City’s Mysterious Bookshop last night. We were there to help launch the publication of Down to the River, a great short story anthology of crime fiction … Continue reading

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My Review of “Black Mountain,” New Crime Novel by Laird Barron

“You don’t teach a child to become a killer by rote lectures,” Laird Barron writes in his new crime novel, Black Mountain. “To create a predatory machine, you foster an appreciation of the natural world and our minuteness upon its … Continue reading

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High Praise for “Down to the River” Crime Fiction Anthology

Thriller writer Jon Land praised Down to the River — a new anthology that includes a short story by Patricia and me — in his book review column for The Providence Journal: “The splendid anthology “Down to the River” (Down & … Continue reading

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A New British Edition of “Incendiary Art”

My wife Patricia Smith’s latest book of poetry, “Incendiary Art” — the one that won the LA Times Book Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize –has just come out in a new … Continue reading

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Tears For A Building

When the Twin Towers fell, my tears were for the people trapped inside. Today is the first time I ever wept for a building. (Photos of the Notre Dame Cathedral I took on family trips to Paris.)  

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My Review of “The Perfect Liar,” a New Crime Novel by Thomas Christopher Greene

The great thing about being an artist, Max tells his students, is that you can imagine things into being. But only he knows the extremes to which he has taken that. Max lacks the academic credentials for his job as … Continue reading

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