“The Dread Line” Now Available As An Audio Book

Just in dread linetime for Christmas: The Dread Line is now available as a downloadable audio book from Audible.com.  The novel is the latest in my Edgar Award-winning crime fiction series featuring Liam Mulligan.

It is read by veteran actor and book narrator Jim Frangione, who has done a great job. Order it here: http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/The-Dread-Line-Audiobook/B01N5H4VBK?source_code=AUDORWS0211159CM9

The Dread Line is the fifth book in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva. In it, New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Liam Mulligan, the hero of the novels, 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.

 

 

 

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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? Best-Selling Mystery Writer Ace Atkins!

aca-atkins-doneAce Akins is the New York Times best-selling author of 19 novels. Among them are two current series: one featuring former Army ranger Quinn Colson and the other the Boston-based Spenser novels, a series he picked up from the late Robert B. Parker.If you haven’t read this fine writer and storyteller, you should reassess your priorities. You can learn more about him here.

This is what Ace has to say about The Dread Line: “I’ve been a big fan of Bruce DeSilva’s excellent Liam Mulligan books from the start. How could I not enjoy stories about a wisecracking newspaper reporter uncovering corruption and taking down the bad guys? DeSilva’s fifth Mulligan book, The Dread Line, definitely brings back the glory days of ‘newspaper noir; with a modern story about pro football. Highly recommended.”

The Dread Line is the fifth book in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva. In it, New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Liam Mulligan, the hero of the novels, 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.

dread lineTo order The Dread Line, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores here.

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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? It’s Blues Singer Tommy Castro!

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Who’s reading The Dread Line, the latest in my Edgar Award-winning series of crime novels, now? It’s blues singer, song writer and guitarist Tommy Castro, who’s long been one of my favorites. We’ve also been friends for years, hence the goofy photo to go along with the serious one.

I first met Tommy on a visit to Chicago fifteen years ago, when my wife Patricia Smith and I decided to take in some live music at one of the city’s remaining blues clubs. We checked the listings and learned that The Tommy Castro Band was appearing at Buddy Guy’s club, Legends.

“Tommy Castro?” I said. “Never heard of him.”

“Neither have I,” Patricia said, “but to play at Legends, you have to audition for Buddy, so how bad could he be?”  When we pushed through the door that night, the place was packed, and by the time the band finished their first number, “If I had a Nickel,” Tommy owned us.

Sine then we’ve been buying all of his CDs and catching him live every chance we can. We admire his fine guitar playing, his soulful voice, his charismatic stage presence, his covers of classic blues songs, and most of all of his own compositions — songs like “Lucky in Love,” “Just a Man,” “Right as Rain,” and many more.

So it came as no surprise to us that Liam Mulligan, the fictional hero of my hardboiled crime novels, turned out to be a big Tommy Castro fan, too. In the very first book, Mulligan took to playing Tommy’s CDs as he cruised around Rhode Island looking for trouble.

Meanwhile, Tommy has been reading my Mulligan novels on the road, usually on his Kindle, since the first one came out in 2010. Patricia and I last got together with him in September on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. That’s when took the pictures.

You can get a taste of some of the latest music by Tommy Castro and the Painkillers here. And you can learn more about him and his music here.

The Dread Line is the fifth book in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva. In it, New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Liam Mulligan, the hero of the novels, 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.

dread lineTo order The Dread Line, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores here.

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New Digs For Liam Mulligan, Hero of My Crime Novels

The first four books in my Edgar Award-winning series of crime novels had Liam Mulligan working as an investigative reporter for a dying Providence, R.I. newspaper. The job didn’t pay much, so he lived in a rundown tenement house in the city’s Federal Hill neighborhood. But in A Scourge of Vipers, the failing newspaper finally let Mulligan go.

The latest novel, The Dread Linefinds Mulligan living in a five room cottage in Jamestown, the lone municipality on the island of Conanicut, which basks like a harbor seal at the entrance to Narragansett Bay. There, he is piecing together a new life for himself — and of course, he still manages to find trouble, when it isn’t finding him.

The change of scenery is has definitely been good for Mulligan.  Providence, and the street he lived on there, looked like this:

Mulligan lived here on America Street in the Italian neighborhood of Federal Hill

Mulligan lived here on America Street in the Italian neighborhood of Federal Hill

But now he lives on the island,  just a 45-minute drive from downtown Providence.

Beavertail Lightouse

Beavertail Lightouse

Narragansett Cafe where Mulligan drinks and listens to the blues.

Narragansett Cafe where Mulligan drinks and listens to the blues.

The bridge from Jamestown to Newport

The bridge from Jamestown to Newport

Jamestown business district

Jamestown business district

Jamestown police station

Jamestown police station

Jamestown Harbor

Jamestown Harbor

 

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Great New Junior Bender Novel By Tim Hallinan

timAllow me to recommend a great read for the holidays (or anytime for that matter): Fields Where They Lay, the latest Junior Bender mystery by my good friend Tim Hallinan.

The story unfolds in a dying shopping mall in the last few days before Christmas. The plot involves extortion, Russian mobsters, theft, betrayal, murder, and a couple of intriguing fake Santas. Junior Bender is one of the best series characters in today’s crime fiction, and as always with a Tim Hallinan novel, the writing is terrific.

Buy it. Read it. Better yet, give copies to all of your friends who can read.

You can order it here.

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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now?

alafair-burke-doneAlafair Burke, a former Deputy District Attorney in Portland, Oregon, who now teaches criminal law at Hofstra, is one of the best crime novelists working today. You can learn more about her and her fine work here.

The Dread Line is the fifth book in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva. In it, New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Liam Mulligan, the hero of the novels, 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.

dread lineTo order The Dread Line, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores here.

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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? Critically Acclaimed Crime Novelist Bill Loehfelm !!

bill-loehfelm-doneBill is the author of six fine crime novels including his critically-acclaimed Maureen Coughlin series set in his adopted city of New Orleans. His latest Coughlin yarn is Let the Devil Out. You can learn more about  Bill and his work here.

The Dread Line is the fifth book in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva. In it, New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Liam Mulligan, the hero of the novels, 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.

dread lineTo order The Dread Line, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores here.

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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? Legendary Blues Musician Taj Mahal !!

taj-mahal-1Taj Mahal, the legendary blues singer, song writer, guitarist and harmonica player, is a two-time Grammy Award winner. My wife Patricia and I met him a week ago on a Blues Cruise in the Caribbean. To learn more about him and his music, click here.

Patricia and I are lifelong fans of the blues — and so is the hero of my crime novels, Liam Mulligan.

Taj Mahal on the Blues Cruise in October.

Taj Mahal on the Blues Cruise in October.

“Why the blues?” Mulligan asks himself in The Dread Line. “Why was I always drawn to music about hard times at the bottom of a shot glass? The music of the scorned and shattered. At the end of most every day—even the ones that didn’t involve shaking a tail, tracking down thieves, or staring at a broken body—I’d lean back with a glass of something bitter and drown in Koko Taylor’s growl, Buddy Guy’s soulful riffs, or the vibing wire of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s guitar. Just like my dad did before the cancer took him. He’d come through the door, exhausted from another day of delivering milk, put a scratchy Son Seals album on the turntable, pull out his Comet harmonica, and play along. Like him, I belonged to the downtrodden tribe that turns misery into music—the kind of music that warns us what the world is like and steels us against it. My old job as an investigative reporter, like my new one as a detective, was to probe the dark hearts we pray against. I’d locked eyes with murderers. Wondered, more than once, if something rotten was eating away at me, turning me into the very thing that I fear. Then the twang of a blues guitar would fill the room, preaching that even in the darkest of times, the idea of light exists—and that the purpose of life is just to live it.”

The Dread Line is the fifth book in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva. In it, New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Liam Mulligan, the hero of the novels, 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.

dread lineTo order The Dread Line, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores here.

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Losing My Faith In The American Democracy

branco-trump-and-hillaryFor some time now, I’ve felt my near-religious faith in the American democracy gradually slipping away.

It’s not that I am deluded that there is a better form of government. There isn’t. It’s that our representative democracy doesn’t work untended. It demands things of our people and institutions – things we seem incapable of providing.

1. Democracy requires active participation of its citizens, but of the more than 231 million Americans eligible to vote this year, 100 million decided it wasn’t worth the bother. Donald Trump was elected president by just 28 percent of those eligible to cast ballots.

2. Democracy requires a public that is informed by a free and independent press, but news organizations no longer adequately fulfill this responsibility. The decline of newspapers has been catastrophic, and nothing is on the horizon to replace them as honest and comprehensive brokers of news and information. As newspapers have faded. Americans have turned to cable TV networks and websites that confuse news with entertainment and that – by design — specialize not in information but in misinformation, many of them nothing more than naked propaganda arms of political parties or extremist groups. The more that people are exposed to them, the more MISinformed they become.

3. Democracy requires citizens who not only consume but UNDERSTAND news and information and who can make rational judgments based on it. Increasingly, far too few Americans seem capable of this responsibility of citizenship. Part of the problem, I believe, is that our educational system is more concerned with training people for the workforce than preparing them for citizenship. Hence, the shockingly large number of Americans who can’t name the three branches of government or who think that Judge Judy is on the U.S. Supreme Court. Part of the problem is that the world is complex and becoming more so. It’s not easy for most Americans to understand and make informed judgments about the science of global warming, the operation of the Federal Reserve, or the intricacies of international trade. But much of the problem, I think, is widespread indifference to public affairs or just plain laziness. Compare the sophistication of people who call in to political talk radio with those who call sports radio talk shows. Most of the former are absurdly uninformed, but may of the latter speak with remarkable sophistication about the arcane metrics of sports performances and the complexities of salary cap regulations. And mostly they are the same people.

4. Of course, one can’t be expected to understand everything. That’s why we need experts – the scientists, economists, biologists, and others with specialized knowledge who can help us navigate an increasingly complex world. But the very notion of expertise has grown suspect, largely because of years of cynical assaults upon it – sometimes from the left but mostly from the right. The result is a public vulnerable to crackpot ideas and dangerous conspiracy theories – that vaccines cause autism, that government employment figures are lies, that global warming is a hoax spread by the Chinese . . .

5. Representative government cannot function without compromise. Each side to an issue (it is simplistic to think that most issues have only two) has to give a little to gain a little. Without compromise, little or nothing is likely to get done. But we now live in a political environment – both in Washington and in the country as a whole – in which compromise is a dirty word. Obstruction has replaced the business of governing.

6. Democracy requires a measure of civility, goodwill and respect for those with whom we disagree. But in today’s America, political opponents are widely seen as enemies. And even traitors.

7. Democracy also requires that those in the majority protect the civil and human rights of those in the minority. Minorities come in many varieties – political, religious, economic, racial, ethnic, sexual preference and more – and all of us find ourselves both as part of a majority and part of a minority – often at the same time. But one of the great tragedies of American history is that, despite the words embedded in our founding documents and the many civil rights laws on the books, we have never been all that good at protecting minority rights from oppression by the majority. And both the tone set by Donald Trump and the ugly rhetoric of some of his supporters have made all sorts of bigotry more visible – and even fashionable – in 2016.

The failure of our people and institutions to meet our citizenship responsibilities led directly to the election of Donald Trump. A narcissistic, misogynist, racist, xenophobic demagogue who spews insults, has no respect for the truth, demonstrates little knowledge of either domestic or foreign affairs, and shows no curiosity about what he does not know could not have been elected in a healthy democracy.

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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? Best-Selling Mystery Writer Walter Mosley!

walter-mosleyWalter Mosley has written more than 40 critically acclaimed books including the best-selling Easy Rawlins crime novels. But he’s done much more than that, writing literary novels, science fiction, political monographs and even a young adult novel. You can learn more about this extraordinary writer here.

The Dread Line is the fifth book in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva. In it, New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Liam Mulligan, the hero of the novels, 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.

dread lineTo order The Dread Line, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores here.

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