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“A Scourge of Vipers is a Masterpiece” — The Providence Journal

The Providence Journal always reviews my hard-boiled crime novels, perhaps because the books, featuring investigative reporter Liam Mulligan, are set in that city. This time the newspaper tapped veteran thriller writer Jon Land, a Rhode Island native, to write the … Continue reading

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The Sad Decline of The Providence Journal, Model for the Fictional Newspaper in My Mulligan Novels.

Liam Mulligan, the protagonist of my Edgar Award-winning crime novels, is an investigative reporter for The Providence Dispatch, a once-great, now dying newspaper in Providence, R.I.  Although The Dispatch is fictional, its decline does resemble what has been happening to … Continue reading

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“Providence Rag,” The Interview

Bill Van Siclen, arts writer at The Providence Journal, interviewed me about Providence Rag, the latest crime novel in my Edgar Award-winning series, last week. The result is a nice write-up that appeared in today’s (March 9) Sunday paper, both in … Continue reading

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My Mulligan Novels Are Cleverly Disguised Contemporary History, Right? Uh . . . No.

During the forty years I worked as a journalist, I was troubled by brilliant writers such as Truman Capote and Norman Mailer, who delighted in blurring the lines between faction and fiction. How is a reader supposed to know how … Continue reading

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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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“Cliff Walk” Satisfies on Every Level, Says The Providence Journal

The Providence Journal, the newspaper in the town where my hardboiled Mulligan crime novels are set, is raving about the new one, Cliff Walk. Here’s what the paper’s review has to say: There’s a lot to be said for an … Continue reading

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“Hope’s Road,” a Remarkable New Literary Crime Novel by William Wells

It has been two years since Hope—Jack and Jenna Tanner’s bright and beautiful only child—walked out of her apartment door at the University of Wisconsin and vanished into the night. Since then, Jenna’s grief has led to madness. She is … Continue reading

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