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My Review of “The Last Good Heist,” the Untold Story of the Second Largest Robbery in U.S. History

The Bonded Vault caper of 1975, a case of the mob stealing from the mob, was the second-biggest heist in U.S. history, topped only by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum robbery in 1990. The job, pulled off in Providence, R.I., … Continue reading

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Real Mob Shakedown Mirrors Plot of My Novel, “Cliff Walk”

Reality follows art: In my forthcoming novel, “Cliff Walk,” to be published by Forge on May 22, a Rhode Island mobster named Sal Maniella shakes down Providence strip clubs for protection money. Today, several Rhode Island organized crime figures, including … 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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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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