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My Review of James Lee Burke’s “Wayfaring Stranger”

James Lee Burke’s last three novels, Light of the World, Creole Belle, and Feast Day of Fools, were arguably his best. Wayfaring Stranger joins them as one of his most powerful and ambitious novels to date. To read my full … Continue reading

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A Review: The Great New Poke Raffery Novel By Tim Hallinan

It’s no secret that I’m a big Timothy Hallinan fan. I love his playful, hardboiled L.A. series featuring full-time thief and part-time private detective Junior Bender. Those books are great fun. But his Poke Rafferty series, set in Bangkok, is … Continue reading

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NPR Reviewer Calls “Providence Rag” A Minor Masterpiece

Scott MacKay, writing for Rhode Island’s National Public Radio affiliate, says this about my new crime novel: “DeSilva is to Providence what James Lee Burke is to New Orleans,” and  Providence Rag is a minor masterpiece.” MINOR masterpiece? How dare … Continue reading

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The Top Ten Crime Novels of 2013

It’s time, once again, for the annual list of the crime novels I most admired this year. Of course, I haven’t read everything, so I’m sure I missed some great work. Don’t hesitate to list your favorites in the comment section below. … Continue reading

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My Review of Bill Loehfelm’s Fine New Crime Novel

Post-Katrina New Orleans, with its thriving French Quarter, its still-ruined neighborhoods, its scandal-riddled police force and its often obnoxious tourists, has been the setting for a couple of outstanding crime novels, including James Lee Burke’s The Tin Roof Blowdown and … Continue reading

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Revised Top 10 List: Best Crime Novels of 2012

When I first posted my list of the ten best crime novels of 2012, I forgot to include one of my favorites, Joseph Olshan’s brilliant literary tale, Cloudland. I don’t have the heart to delete any of the others to … Continue reading

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Audie Award Winners for Audio Books Announced. “Rouge Island” a Finalist.

Congratulations to actor Will Patton, who won this year’s Audie Award in the mystery category for his reading of James Lee Burke’s Feast Day of Fools. The Audie is the academy award of audio books. Congratulations, too, to Jeff Woodman, … Continue reading

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The Ten Best Crime Novels of 2011

This was a great year for crime fiction, so perhaps it would be better to call these my favorites, rather than the best. Or maybe I should just say that of the ones I’ve read, these are the ten I … Continue reading

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“Feast Day of Fools” Is James Lee Burke’s Master Work

In his latest novel, Feast Day of Fools, James Lee Burke pulls together the main themes of his previous books, creating a unified theory of America at the beginning of the 21st century. It’s not a pretty picture. You can … Continue reading

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I set my new crime novel in Providence, R.I., because . . .

This essay first appeared on a great blog called The Outfit, a collective of Chicago crime writers. When Sean Chercover, author of “Trigger City,” invited me to write something as a guest, I decided to explain why I chose Providence … Continue reading

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