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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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Pitch-Perfect Dialogue — My Review of Neely Tucker’s New Crime Novel

Only the Hunted Run is the third Sully Carter novel by Neely Tucker, a veteran Washington Post war correspondent now covering the presidential election for the paper’s Sunday magazine. Unsurprisingly, Tucker’s depiction of how a crack investigative reporter works is … Continue reading

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How I Made the Transition From Journalist to Crime Novelist

A lot of people think that daily journalism must be a great training ground for novelists. I tell them that, for the most part, it is not. As someone who worked as a news reporter and editor for forty years … Continue reading

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How the Decline of the Newspaper Business Harms Our Democracy and Has Forced My Crime Novel Hero Out of the Investigative Reporter Racket

Six years ago, when I took early retirement from my journalism career to write hard-boiled crime novels, I decided to make my protagonist a newspaper reporter instead of a cop or a private investigator. I had four good reasons. 1) … Continue reading

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My Review of Award-Winning Poet Michael Ryan’s First Crime Novel

Guy Novel, the first crime novel by Guggenheim-winning poet Michael Ryan, is part wildly improbable spy thriller and part goofy love story in the vein of  The Hangover movie trilogy. To read the full text of my review for The … Continue reading

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My Review of Reed Farrel Coleman’s “Where It Hurts.”

Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman is a superb detective novel in the Raymond Chandler tradition, featuring fine prose, a suspenseful yarn and a compelling main character who will leave readers hungering for the next installment. You can read … Continue reading

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My Review of David Freed’s New Thriller

In The Three-Nine Line, David Freed’s new thriller, his protagonist, Cordell Logan, returns to his comfort zone when he’s recruited for a top-secret overseas assignment. Check out my Associated Press review here.  

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My “Authors On the Air” Interview

Pam Stack interviewed me yesterday for the Authors on the Air radio show, asking about my hard-boiled Mulligan crime novels in general and the latest one, A Scourge of Vipers, in particular. We talked about the how I developed the … Continue reading

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The Real-Life Inspiration for My New Crime Novel, “A Scourge of Vipers”

Editor’s note:  This article originally appeared in The Rap Sheet, a website devoted to crime fiction. One morning a couple of years ago, I poured myself a cup of coffee, opened my New York Times, and spotted a story about … Continue reading

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The Associated Press Raves About “A Scourge of Vipers”

The AP says: “Edgar Award-winning author Bruce DeSilva delivers another outstanding mystery featuring his Providence, Rhode Island, investigative journalist Liam Mulligan in A Scourge of Vipers.” You can read the entire review here. Click here for links to online booksellers, … Continue reading

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