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Buddy And Me: My Farewell to “The Prince of Providence”

Like the city of Providence, I had a complicated relationship with Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. — the city’s longest-serving mayor, a convicted felon, a brilliant politician, and a charming rogue — who died today of colon-cancer complications at the … Continue reading

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James Lee Burke Raves About “A Scourge of Vipers”

Here’s what American Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster James Lee Burke says about A Scourge of Vipers, the new crime novel in my Edgar Award-winning series: “Bruce DeSilva writes a story in the tradition of Hammett and Higgins, and he … Continue reading

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Mystery Novelist Zoë Sharp Interrogates Me About “Providence Rag”

Zoë Sharp interviewed me about Providence Rag, my new Mulligan crime novel, for the blog Murder is Everywhere. Here’s how the conversation went: I’m delighted to have the opportunity this week to do a Q&A with the charming and talented Bruce … Continue reading

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Reviewing the New Novel by Ace Atkins, a Writer on a Roll

The Lost Ones, the second novel in Ace Atkins series featuring former U.S. Army Ranger Quinn Colson, finds him serving as the newly-elected sheriff of his native Tibbehah County, Mississipi. Given the rural county’s legacy of lawlessness and political corruption, … Continue reading

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The True Story Behind White Bulger, Corrupt FBI Agents, and the Investigator Who Brought Them to Justice

As a journalist born and bred just south of Boston, I followed the Whitey Bulger saga closely and even had a hand in breaking a big story or two about the mobster and his corrupt allies in the Boston Bureau … Continue reading

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Notorious: My Review of Buddy Cianci’s New Memoir

The last story I wrote for The Providence Journal before I left the paper was an investigation of massive mail-ballot fraud in one of Mayor Buddy Cianci’s reelection campaigns. Now Buddy (who has a brief walk-on in my crime novel, … Continue reading

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Mulligan’s Rogue Island

Mulligan, an investigative reporter at a dying Providence, R.I., newspaper, is the hero of Rogue Island, my new crime novel. This is what the city looks like to him.

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