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It Was As If Joe Friday Had Been Stripped of His Badge

An unanticipated disaster struck as I was writing the fourth novel in my hard-boiled series of crime novels featuring investigative reporter Liam Mulligan: The failing Providence, R.I. newspaper he had been working for abruptly fired him, creating a crisis for … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers” Now? It’s Bluesman Tommy Castro!

Fifteen years ago, while visiting Chicago, my wife Patricia Smith and I wanted to take in some live music at one of the city’s remaining blues clubs. We checked the listings and learned that The Tommy Castro Band was appearing … Continue reading

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Buddy And Me: My Farewell to “The Prince of Providence”

Like the city of Providence, I had a complicated relationship with Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. — the city’s longest-serving mayor, a convicted felon, a brilliant politician, and a charming rogue — who died today of colon-cancer complications at the … 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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“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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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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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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Interview About “A Scourge of Vipers,” The New Novel In My Edgar Award-Winning Series

BookMarket Buzz Blog, one of the top online sites for talk about new books, interviewed me about A Scourge of Vipers, the latest crime novel in my Edgar Award-winning series featuring Liam Mulligan, an investigative reporter for a dying newspaper … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading “Providence Rag” Now? It’s Basketball Legend John Egan

In my first novel, Rogue Island, one of the characters had a dozen autographed photos of Providence College basketball stars hanging on his office wall:  Ernie DiGrigorio, Lenny Wilkins, John Thompson, and many more. A few weeks after the book … Continue reading

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