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Author Bruce DeSilva Presents: Rogue Island
Sunday, October 24, 2010
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are vanishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic. With the police looking for answers in all the wrong places, and with the whole city of Providence on his back, Mulligan must find the hand that strikes the match.
Bruce DeSilva worked as a journalist for 40 years, including time spent as an investigative reporter and editor for the Providence Journal, before retiring to write crime novels full time. At the Associated Press, he served as the writing coach, responsible for training the wire service's reporters and editors worldwide. He is now a masters thesis advisor at the Columbia University School of Journalism. He and his wife, the poet Patricia Smith, live in Howell, N.J., with their granddaughter, Mikaila, and an enormous Bernese Mountain Dog named Brady.
A book sale and signing will follow the talk.
Publisher's Weekly calls it "A Masterpiece of Irreverence and Street Savvy."
Dennis Lehane calls it a "tense, terrific thriller and a remarkably assured debut."
Harlan Coben says it's "a stunning debut in the noir tradition."
This program is presented by the RI Center for the Book at Providence Public Library.