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How My Two Huge Dogs Became Characters in “The Dread Line”

I never intended to make Brady, my big lovable Bernese Mountain dog, and Rondo, my huge goofy mutt, characters in one of my hard-boiled crime novels; but when I write, they are always with me, often sitting on my feet, … Continue reading

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Offering Scarce, Signed First Printing, First Edition Copies of My Mulligan Crime Novels

First edition, first printing copies of the four books in my Edgar Award-winning series of crime novels are quite scarce. Why?  Because my cautious publisher, Forge, printed only 5,000 each (before each of the books went into subsequent editions and … Continue reading

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Bouchercon 2015 Is Over, And I’m Already Nostalgic About It

This year’s edition of Bouchercon, the huge annual gathering of crime novelists and fans, ended Sunday, and already I’m feeling nostalgic. For a writer like me, who spends months working in isolation, the four-day conference was a rare chance to … Continue reading

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Greg Iles Wins Barry Award, Besting “A Scourge of Vipers.”

Congratulations to best-selling author Greg Iles, who’s  thriller Natchez Burning won the Barry award for best novel of 2014 at the Bouchercon crime fiction conference in Raleigh last week. My third Mulligan novel, Providence Rag, was one of the finalists. … Continue reading

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“Providence Rag” Nominated for the Barry Award!

I’m honored that Providence Rag, the third book in my hardboiled crime series, is one of six finalists for this year’s Barry Award in the “best novel” category. The novel is the only book in the series inspired by a … Continue reading

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“A Scourge of Vipers” Now Available In Downloadable Audio Edition

The downloadable audio-book edition of A Scourge of Vipers, the fourth hardboiled crime novel in my Edgar Award-winning series, officially went on sale today. Here’s a link where you can listen to a sample and/or place an order. The book … Continue reading

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How the Writing Partnership with My Wife, the Poet Patricia Smith, Really Works

   The following originally appeared on the Buried Under Books blog: It’s been nearly two years since Mikaila, our adventurous teenager, moved out of our house in Howell, NJ, to study at a little liberal arts college that lies between … Continue reading

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Author Tim Hallinan Interviews Me About The Writing Process and My Crime Novel, “A Scourge of Vipers”

My thanks to Tim Hallinan, one of my favorite crime writers, for asking such good questions in this interview with me published today in the literary magazine, Literary Orphans. 1. Unlike many of us who turn to writing when the … Continue reading

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The Real-Life Inspiration for My New Crime Novel, “A Scourge of Vipers”

Editor’s note:  This article originally appeared in The Rap Sheet, a website devoted to crime fiction. One morning a couple of years ago, I poured myself a cup of coffee, opened my New York Times, and spotted a story about … Continue reading

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The Hero of “A Scourge of Vipers,” and Why I Feel Such a Strong Personal Bond with Him

This blog entry about Liam Mulligan, the protagonist in my series of hardboiled crime novels, first appeared on the Lesa’s Book Critiques website: The last time I saw Bruce DeSilva was at the Poisoned Pen book store in 2010. So, … Continue reading

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