Advance Praise for Bruce DeSilva’s ROGUE ISLAND:
“Rogue Island has everything a crime fan could want…this tremendously entertaining crime novel is definitely one of the best of the year.”
—Booklist *starred review*
“Smart-ass Mulligan is a masterpiece of irreverence and street savvy, and DeSilva does a fine job of evoking the seamy side of his beat…they all contribute to the well-wrought noirish atmosphere that supports this crime novel's dark denouement. A twist in the tale will keep readers turning the pages until the bitter end.
—Publishers Weekly (A “Fresh Fiction” Fall 2010 selection)
“The smallest state bursts with crime, corruption, wisecracks and neo-noir atmosphere in DeSilva’s blistering debut. Mulligan is the perfect guide to a town in which the only ways to get things done are to be connected to the right people or to grease the right palms.”
“When it comes to fresh noir-on-wry, readers could not ask for more—except for the author to hurry up with Mulligan’s next adventure in detection.”
—Otto Penzler, editor and owner of New York City’s The Mysterious Bookshop
“In this vivid landscape peopled by colorful mobsters, brutal cops, and sleazy politicians, a droll hero named Mulligan fights long odds to find a measure of justice. Rogue Island is a stunning debut in the noir tradition.”
—Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author of Long Lost
“Writing with genuine authority, a dose of cynical humor, and a squinting eye on the world, Bruce DeSilva delivers a newspaper story that ranks with the best of them.”
—Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of the Harry Bosch novels
“DeSilva has a way of making you feel as if you are right there with Mulligan as he searches for the criminals. His writing draws you in and will keep you wanting more…the characterizations were so vivid and extremely real…Long story short: Rogue Island is a winner.”
—Excerpt from Library Journal “Book Cheer” selection
With Rogue Island, Bruce DeSilva accomplishes something remarkable: he takes everything we love about the classic hardboiled detective novel and turns it into a story that’s fresh, contemporary, yet timeless. By turns gripping, funny, and touching, it’s a tale filled with characters so vivid they jump off the page. One of the best debuts I’ve read since Dennis Lehane’s A Drink Before the War.
-- Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Vanished and Paranoia
ROGUE ISLAND (Forge Books; ISBN: 0-7653-2726-0; Publication Date: October 12, 2010) is a “tense, terrific thriller and a remarkably assured debut” (Dennis Lehane) from retired Associated Press investigative journalist, mystery critic, and writing coach Bruce DeSilva. DeSilva introduces old school newspaperman Liam Mulligan, a cynical, wisecracking investigative journalist for the major Providence, RI daily. Drawing on his extensive experience on the investigative beat, DeSilva paints a colorful, vivid landscape of the corrupt and sleazy in the capital of the country’s smallest state.
Mulligan is the kind of reporter who knows every cop, judge, mobster, and politician on a first-name basis. But with circulation on its way south and an overbearing editor pushing for human-interest fluff to compete with the 24-hour online news cycle, he’s also the kind of reporter fast going endangered. But when a chain of fires leaves five dead and a slew of nasty coincidences in its wake, there’s an outcry for justice in a city not known for anything of the like. With all of Providence on his back, Mulligan must weed through maniacal vigilantes, sleazy politicians, and the shadowy vestiges of an old mafia that has degenerated into something much more dangerous to discover the truth behind it all.
With 40+ years experience in the newspaper industry, including many years at the Providence Journal, Bruce DeSilva has edited stories that have won every major journalism award, including the Polk and the Pulitzer, and his experience directing an elite Associated Press investigative reporting unit lends authority and credibility to this taut debut novel. DeSilva’s voice is authentic, his characters rich and vivid, and his plot as tight and exciting as they come.
“A stunning debut. Authentic, hilarious, and compelling. I’ve read hundreds of crime books, but this one bleeds the truth.”
—Ace Atkins, critically acclaimed author of Devil’s Garden and Infamous
About the Author
Bruce DeSilva recently retired from journalism after a forty-one-year career. Most recently, he was the Associated Press writing coach, responsible for training AP journalists worldwide. He is now a master’s thesis advisor at the Columbia University School of Journalism. He and his wife, the poet Patricia Smith, live in Howell, New Jersey, with their granddaughter, Mikaila, and a Bernese mountain dog named Brady
ROGUE ISLAND For more information, contact:
By Bruce DeSilva Justin Golenbock, Senior Publicist
A Forge Hardcover T: 646-307-5413
ISBN: 0-7653-2726-0 F: 212-982-2862
$24.99 / 304 pages firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: October 12, 2010 www.Tor-Forge.com/RogueIsland