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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? Comix Author And Crime Novelist Gary Phillips!

Gary Phillips is one of the most versatile noir writers around, penning gritty novels, hard-boiled short stories, and a series of wickedly dark comix. You can learn more about Gary and his work here. The Dread Line is the fifth … Continue reading

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“The Dread Line” Is a Crime Noir Classic — The Providence Journal

The Providence Journal calls The Dread Line, my new hard-boiled Liam Mulligan novel, “a ribald mix of Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard, with a bit of Donald Westlake thrown in for good measure.” The Rhode Island newspaper’s review goes on … Continue reading

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The Providence Journal Raves Raves About “Providence Noir”

Here’s what The Providence Journal says about Providence Noir, the latest in a series of award-winning anthologies from Akashic Press.  Each book in the series is filled with dark stories about different cities around the world. “Providence, of course, has … Continue reading

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Why I Never Outline My Novels, Preferring to Discover The Story As I Go Along

Some novelists outline their plots before they start to write. Others don’t. There’s no right way to do it. Each writer does what’s best for him or her. I never outline my hard-boiled crime novels. In this guest blog I … Continue reading

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John Lescroart Raves Over “A Scourge of Vipers”

Here’s what New York Times best-selling thriller writer John Lescroart says about the latest book in my Edgar Award-winning series of hard-boiled crime novels: “‘A Scourge of Vipers’ has made me an instant Bruce DeSilva fan. In the tradition of … 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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A Review of Sara Gran’s Dark New Crime Novel

Sara Gran’s new crime novel, Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway, takes noir to dark places rarely seen since Jim Thompson and David Goodis were writing a half-century ago. For my Associated Press review of this quirky and ambitious novel, please click here.

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Who’s Reading “Cliff Walk” Now? It’s Mystery Writer Parnell Hall

Parnell Hall, author of the Stanley Hastings and puzzle lady mysteries, is quite a character in his own right, and one of the nicest people I’ve met since I started writing crime novels. You can learn more about him and … Continue reading

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An Excerpt from Paul D. Brazill’s Latest Novelette

Paul D. Brazill’s new novelette, Death on a Hot Afternoon, has been released by Atlantis, and I’ve got a treat for you: a short excerpt that you can read below. This new work, as well as Red Esperanto, are are … Continue reading

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At the Mysterious Bookshop

That’s me and my wife, Patricia Smith, promoting “Staten Island Noir,” a new anthology from Akashic Press, at the Mysterious Bookshop in Manhattan. Patricia edited the book and I wrote one of the stories. Reviewers are calling it one of … Continue reading

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