NPR’s Scott MacKay Names “The Dread Line” Among the Best Books of 2016

Scott MacKay

Scott MacKay

My thanks to Scott MacKay of Rhode Island’s National Public Radio affiliate for including my latest crime novel, The Dread Line, on the list of his favorite reads in 2016.

Scott, a fine reporter and avid reader, had this to say previously when he reviewed the book: “Bruce DeSilva is to Rhode Island what James Lee Burke is to Louisiana. . . . A rollicking read.”

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? Atlanta Bluesman Tinsley Ellis.

tinsley-ellis-1-doneTinsley Ellis, an Atlanta blues singer and guitarist, founded The Heartfixers in 1981, and carried that band to regional fame before leaving for a solo career, releasing recordings with Alligator Records, the groundbreaking blues record label. His new album was released on his own label, Heartfixer Music. You can learn more about Tinsley and his music here.

I snapped the photo last fall when my wife Patricia and I met him on a Legendary Rhythm and Blues cruise in the Caribbean. Like us, Liam Mulligan, the hero of my crime novels, is a big blues fan, listening to the likes of Buddy Guy, Tommy Castro and BB King as he cruises around New England exposing bad guys.

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PW Gives A Starred Review to “Incendiary Art”

artCongratulations to my brilliant wife Patricia Smith, who just received a starred review from Publishers Weekly for her forthcoming poetry collection, Incendiary Art.

The review says in part: “Using the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till as her anchor, Smith explores how the lives of black Americans get cut short by racism, particularly by white fear of black masculinity. . . . She blends lyric with news report to write of police brutality and the murders of black men, women, and children by unaccountable police officers. A refrain rings out, ‘The gun said: I just had an accident.’ Smith exhibits razor-sharp linguistic sensibilities that give her scenes a cinematic flair and her lines a momentum that buoys their emotional weight. . . . Smith’s urgent collection lives up to its title, burning bright and urgent as a bonfire.”

It will be published in February, but can be ordered in advance here.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

“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.

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

castro-1 castro-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment