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Starred Review: Providence Rag

Starred Review: Providence Rag

Providence Rag by Bruce DeSilva“Mulligan’s character, played off the vicissitudes of his job, is skillfully layered and engaging. DeSilva, who worked for decades at the AP, won an Edgar for Best First Novel for Rogue Island (2010). He knows of what he writes.”

Bruce DeSilva’s Providence Rag got a starred review in Booklist!*

Here’s the full review, from the February 15th issue:

Placeholder of  -88 The third entry in this gritty newspaper series spans 20 years, from 1992 to 2012, at the start of which a teenage male commits five gruesome murders, is imprisoned for them, and, years later, becomes the center of a campaign to free prisoners convicted as juveniles. Liam Mulligan, the series hero, is a longtime newspaperman for a Providence, Rhode Island, paper who has witnessed the reduction of resources and the firings of friends, all the while still loving the imperiled business. Mulligan’s coverage of the murders in 1992 was partially responsible for finding the killer. Under the state’s criminal code, the killer should have been released at age 21, but creative fiddling has kept this killer safely behind bars. The son of the paper’s publisher wants to launch an investigation into what he sees as corruption, making the killer’s freedom a looming possibility. The ethical dilemma seems a bit forced, but it does raise the possibility of more mayhem to come. But there is real suspense here. And Mulligan’s character, played off the vicissitudes of
his job, is skillfully layered and engaging. DeSilva, who worked for decades at the AP, won an Edgar for Best First Novel for Rogue Island (2010). He knows of what he writes.

Providence Rag will be published on March 11th.

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Bruce DeSilva wins an Edgar Award!

Bruce DeSilva wins an Edgar Award!

Poster Placeholder of - 51Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva has won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel!

Congratulations Bruce DeSilva!

The award was presented at the annual Edgar Awards Banquet held April 27th. For a full list of winners vist, TheEdgars.com

About Rogue Island: 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 perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic. With the whole city of Providence on his back, Mulligan must weed through a wildly colorful array of characters to find the truth.

April #Torchat lineup revealed!

April #Torchat lineup revealed!

Edgar-nominated author Bruce DeSilva, debut mystery novelist Wayne Arthurson, and Fantasy noir specialist Alex Bledsoe to chat mystery genre over Twitter on Wednesday, 4/20 from 4 PM – 5 PM (EST)

New York, NY – Tuesday, April 19 2011 – Tor Books is excited to announce the lineup for April’s #Torchat, the third in a new monthly series of genre-themed, hour-long chats created by Tor Books and hosted on Twitter, to take place tomorrow at 4 PM EST.

Edgar season is upon us! Next Week, the Mystery Writers of America will announce the 2011 winners of their prestigious award series. But FIRST, #Torchat will beat them to the punch with a mystery-themed discussion tomorrow at 4 PM EST with three guest authors from different ends of the genre spectrum: Associated Press mystery critic Bruce DeSilva (@brucedesilva), whose debut novel Rogue Island is Edgar-nominated for Best First novel; critically-acclaimed debut novelist Wayne Arthurson (@Waynthurson); and the fantasy noir genre-bending Alex Bledsoe (@AlexBledsoe) will chat and take questions on all things mysterious.

The chat will be introduced and (loosely) moderated by Tor publicist Justin Golenbock (@jgolenbo), and fans are invited to follow or join-in using the Twitter hashtag #Torchat. Special book giveaways from @Torbooks will precede and follow the 4 PM chat.

About the Authors

Image Placeholder of - 30Bruce DeSilva (@brucedesilva) is the Writing Coach and Crime fiction reviewer for The Associated Press. He and his wife, NBA poetry nominee Patricia Smith, live in Tarrytown, New York, with their granddaughter, Mikaila. His debut novel Rogue Island is nominated for the 2011 Edgar Award for Best First novel.

Poster Placeholder of - 7Wayne Arthurson (@Waynthurson), like his protagonist Leo Desroches, is the son of Cree and French Canadian parents. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, a drummer in a rock band and as a freelance journalist. He was born in and lives in Edmonton, Canada with his wife and child. Fall From Grace, out this month, is his first novel.

Image Place holder  of - 81Alex Bledsoe (@AlexBledsoe) grew up in West Tennessee an hour north of Graceland (home of Elvis) and twenty minutes from Nutbush (home of Tina Turner). He now lives in a Wisconsin town famous for mustard and trolls. In their starred review of The Sword-Edged Blonde, Publishers Weekly wrote that his “genre-blending first novel is both stylish and self-assured: Raymond Chandler meets Raymond E. Feist.” His new Eddie Lacrosse novel, Dark Jenny, is out this month.

Edgar Award Nominees

Edgar Award Nominees

Congratulations are in order! Three of our Forge authors have been nominated for an Edgar Award!

  • Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva has been nominated for an Edgar Award in the Best First Novel category!
  • Also, Jeffrey Deaver’s “The Plot” from First Thrills has been nominated for Best Short Story and
  • Neil Cross (Burial, Forge 2010) receives two nominations for TV Episode.

The full list can be found here.

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