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Bruce DeSilva grew up in a tiny Massachusetts mill town where the mill closed when he was ten. He had an austere childhood bereft of iPods, X-Boxes, and all the other cool stuff that hadn’t been invented yet. In this parochial little town, metaphors and alliteration were also in short supply. Nevertheless, his crime fiction has won the Edgar and Macavity Awards; has been listed as a finalist for the Shamus, Anthony, and Barry Awards; and has been published in ten foreign languages. His short stories have appeared in Akashic Press's award-winning noir anthologies. He has reviewed books for The New York Times Sunday Book Review and Publishers Weekly, and his reviews for The Associated Press have appeared in hundreds of other publications. Pre ...more


The audio edition of Providence Rag, the third book in my series of hardboiled crime novels, has been named a finalist for the Audie Award. Given by the Audio Publishers Association, it is the Oscar of the audio book industry.


I���m incredibly lucky that Jeff Woodman has narrated each of my novels so far. He will do the deed again for the audio edition of my fourth, A Scourge of Vipers, which wi...

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message 63: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Bryan Koepke interviews me about my new Mulligan crime novel, "Providence Rag," for the "Writers Cabin" blog. Check it out. https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog...


message 62: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva A fine Q&A about my new Mulligan crime novel, "Providence Rag," appears on Kristi Belcamino's blog. Please check it out. BTW, Kristi has a debut crime novel coming out later this year. http://www.kristibelcamino.com/writer...


message 61: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva I'm going to be featured on NPR's "Crime in the City" on Monday morning, taking correspondent Jennifer Ludden on a tour of Providence, R.I., where my Mulligan crime novels are set. The segment is scheduled to air at 6:50 and again at 8:50 EST, with repeats in the western time zones. There will also be a web version, with audio available on the NPR website, www.npr.org.


message 60: by Robert

Robert Thanks for accepting my friend request, Bruce.


message 59: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva "Redemption," a new Noah Milano novelette by my friend Jochem Vandersteen, is available for download now for 99 cents on Amazon. Milano is hired to protect a convicted child killer who has been released after 20 years and is now seeking redemption. When the unexpected happens, Milano has some tough choices to make.
Jeremiah Healy, author of "Turnabout" says Vandersteen "takes us back to the glory days of pulp fiction."
Les Roberts, author of the Milan Jacovich series, says "Noah Milano is all too human, which makes him more appealing."
Robert J. Randisi, founder of PWA, says "Noah Milano walks in the footsteps of the great P.I,.'s, but leaves his own tracks."
James W. Hall, author of "Silencer," says: ''The writing is fresh and vivid and lively, paying homage to the past while standing squarely in the present." http://www.amazon.com/Redemption-Mila...


message 58: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva "More fetching than a girl with a dragon tattoo has always been a girl with a Penguin Classic. With e-books, you have no idea what anyone is reading. This is an incalculable loss, not just in fleeting crushes but to civilization." -- Book critic Dwight Garner in today's New York Times.


message 57: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva If you'd like to vote for my novel, "Rogue Island," in my audio publisher's annual "best audio book" of the year contest, here's how you do it. Go to the link below. Sign in or, if you don't already have an audible books account, create one. (It's a good thing to have.) Then you can go to the NCAA-style brackets, where my book is one of 32 competing in the first round. Thanks.
https://www.audible.com/tournament


message 56: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva "The Bone Polisher," the sixth and final book in Timothy Hallinan's fine Simeon Grist private eye series, is available FREE on Amazon.com today through Monday. Go get it right now. It's great. The book was originally published by Dutton in 1996, and like all this fine writer's novels, it got great reviews. "Booklist" said: "Do yourself a favor and read it!" And "Mostly Murder" called it "Creepy and screamingly funny" and asked whether success was likely to spoil the author. Here's a hint at what's inside: The novel featuring erudite Los Angeles private eye Simeon Grist takes place in the West Hollywood of 1995, where the community is shaken by the brutal killing of an older man who was widely loved for his generosity and kindness. In a time when the police were largely indifferent to crimes against gay people, Simeon is hired to catch the murderer—and finds himself up against the most dangerous adversary of his career, a man who kills his victims one once, but twice: once physically and once in spirit. The story's climax takes place at a memorable Halloween-themed wake, but there's a big plot twist yet to come.You can download your copy here:
http://www.amazon.com/Polisher-Simeon...


message 55: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva My friend Jon Land's remarkable new book about Whitey Bulger and the FBI is a must read. “Mind-blowing,” says the Boston Globe. “A contender for one of the most disturbing books you’ll ever read about law enforcement.” The Associated Press calls the book “Fantastic,” the Providence Journal labels it “Masterful,” and the Huffington Post, speaking for just about everyone, hails BETRAYAL as “a page-turner that reads like a novel that’s nearly impossible to put down. A must read!” To preview an extended excerpt: http://www.criminalelement.com/storie...
The Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Betrayal-Whitey...


message 54: by Leon

Leon Shure Thanks for adding me as a friend,

Leon Shure


message 53: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva I'm thrilled that my crime novel, "Rogue Island," has been short-listed for the prestigious Shamus Award in the best first novel category. The award is presented by the Private Eye Writers of America.

"Rogue Island," which has already won the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for the best first novel of 2010, has also been short-listed for:

–Deadly Pleasure Magazine's Barry Award

–The Mystery Readers International's Macavity Award.

– The Anthony Award which is decided by the attendees of the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention.

The Shamus, Barry, Macavity and Anthony will all be presented at Bouchercon, which will be held in St Louis Sept. 15-18.


message 52: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva I'm thrilled that my crime novel, "Rogue Island," has been short-listed for the prestigious Shamus Award in the best first novel category. The award is presented by the Private Eye Writers of America.

"Rogue Island," which has already won the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for the best first novel of 2010, has also been short-listed for:

–Deadly Pleasure Magazine's Barry Award

–The Mystery Readers International's Macavity Award.

– The Anthony Award which is decided by the attendees of the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention.

The Shamus, Barry, Macavity and Anthony will all be presented at Bouchercon, which will be held in St Louis Sept. 15-18.


message 51: by Carolyn

Carolyn Thanks for accepting my friendship.


message 50: by Dennis

Dennis Thank you for accepting my friend request. I look forward to reading your books selections and ratings.


message 49: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva I've won some journalism awards over the years, but there has been nothing to compare with walking across the stage at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan last night and having an Edgar Award for best debut novel handed to me by S.J. Rozan and Michael frigging Connelly.


message 48: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Please join the Twitter chat with me and two other crime novelists at 4 p.m. Eastern today (Wednesday, April 20).
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message 46: by Ed

Ed Rambeau Thanks for accepting my friend request, Bruce. You seem like an interesting person, so feel free to tell me more about yourself and perhaps we can grow to become even greater friends. I, myself, am a singer/songwriter/actor who has recently turned author, so perhaps we can share books and ideas in the future. You may be old enough to remember my 2 hit recordings....Concrete & Clay and Navy Blue...both top ten in the early sixties.

Regards, and have a great day, Ed

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message 45: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva My crime novel, "Rogue Island," has been short-listed for the Barry Award in the best first novel category. The honor, sponsored by "Deadly Pleasures" magazine, will be presented at Bouchercon, the big crime writing festival, in St. Louis in the summer. A couple of weeks ago, the novel was also short-listed for the Edgar Award. Here's a link with all the Barry nominees: http://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com...


message 44: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Nice interview with me on Murderati, the great crime fiction website today. It ranges from the writing of my Edgar-Award nominated novel, "Rogue Island," to the future of newspapers. Have a look here: http://www.murderati.com/blog/2011/2/...


message 43: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva I just sent the revised manuscript of "Cliff Walk" to my agent. I'm going to do some work around the house before starting on the third book in the Mulligan crime series in April.


message 42: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva I'm a crime novelist. My wife, Patricia Smith, is an award-winning poet. The two genres aren't much alike, but we work closely together on our writing. Listen to us interview one another about how and why this works for us:
http://www.insidehighered.com/audio/a...


message 41: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva My crime novel, "Rogue Island," has been nominated for an Edgar Award! It's one of five books shortlisted in the "best debut novel" category.


message 40: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva I'll be reading with one of my favorite writers in Manhattan on Jan 20. Here are the details. Hope you can come.
http://crimefictionnight.eventbrite.com/


message 39: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva I'll be reading with one of my favorite writers in Mahnattan on Jan 20. Here are the details. Hope you can come.
http://crimefictionnight.eventbrite.com/


message 38: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva My thanks to Son of Sam Spade, a website devoted to crime fiction, for naming my crime novel, "Rogue Island," the top debut of 2010: http://sonsofspade.blogspot.com/2010/...


message 37: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Bruce DeSilva, author of the crime thriller Rogue Island, will describe it on the next edition of Washington Update Dec. 30. Hear him Live! nationwide at noon (ET) and via the archive on My Technology Lawyer Radio with Update’s hosts Andrew Kreig and Scott Draughon at: www.MyTechnologyLawyer.com/update


message 36: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Check out my interview this week on the Mysterious Writers website:
http://mysteriouspeople.blogspot.com/


message 35: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Reviewer Oline Cogdill's list of the top ten mysteries of 2010 includes my novel, "Rogue Island," as one of the top five debuts! http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2010/...


message 34: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Murder by the Book, which recently named my crime novel, "Rogue Island," the best DEBUT of the year, has now posted its top ten novels of the year. Mine is ranked 4th!
http://blogs.chron.com/murderblog/201...


message 33: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Murder by the Book, which recently named my crime novel, "Rogue Island," the best DEBUT of the year, has now posted its top ten novels of the year. Mine is ranked 4th!
http://blogs.chron.com/murderblog/201...


message 32: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Murder By The Book, one of the top specialty bookstores in the nation, names my crime novel, "Rogue Island," the best debut of 2010. The link: http://blogs.chron.com/murderblog/201...


message 31: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Thank you to all the readers who have made my crime novel, "Rogue Island," #5 on Entertainment Weekly's best-seller list this week.


message 30: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Black Friday-shopping today? Why not give your friends and loved ones books this Christmas? (Some of you might even consider giving this one.)
http://www.amazon.com/Rogue-Island-Br...


message 29: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva My thanks to The Sons of Sam Spade website, which calls "Rogue Island," my new crime novel, "my favorite of the year so far."
http://www.amazon.com/Rogue-Island-Br...


message 28: by Thomas

Thomas D. Bruce, Got Rogue Island in on my trusty Kindle but haven't had a chance to open it yet. I will as soon as I finish the editing process on Vampires, Werewolves and the Great Whiskey War. Hoping for a December release.
Tom


message 27: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva I love this little Q&A about me, my dog Brady, and my crime novel. Please take a look:
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message 26: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Thanks to "The Mystery Bookstore" in Los Angeles for making my crime novel, "Rogue Island," one of its staff recommendations.http://www.mystery-bookstore.com/inde...


message 25: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Please check out this blog about my recent appearance with Hilary Davidson, another first-time crime writer, at The Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ. http://lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.co...


message 24: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva I'm the guest blogger on Mary Deeth's book blog today. Please take a look:
http://sheiladeeth.blogspot.com/2010/...


message 23: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Howard Frank Mosher, one of my favorite writers, says "Rogue Island" is "both a first-rate, edge-of-the-seat mystery and a loving evocation of an American city under siege, not by foreign terrorists but—more frightening still—the dark forces of greed and mayhem from within." You can read his entire review of my crime novel here:
http://bnreview.barnesandnoble.com/t5...


message 22: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva The Washington Post today says my crime novel, "Rogue Island," is "as good and true a look at the news game as you'll find this side of 'The Front Page,"'" and adds the book should delight "anyone who appreciates a well-written, funny, sad, suspenseful look at this bewildering world we live in." Yikes! Read the whole review here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...


message 21: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Thanks to the Syosset Public Library on Long Island for recommending my novel: "If you're looking for a mystery author who writes with intelligence and wit, a book with action, then 'Rogue Island' by Bruce DeSilva is your book." You'll find the rest of the review here:
http://spl225.wordpress.com/2010/10/2...


message 20: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Goodreads friends: Please post the trailer for my crime novel, "Rogue Island" around the internet and help it go viral!
http://vimeo.com/15865633


message 19: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Another rave review for my crime novel, "Rogue Island," This one from Oline H. Cogdill of the McClatchy newspaper group{
http://www.kansascity.com/2010/10/20/...


message 18: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Three major reviews of my crime novel, "Rogue Island," just landed. Please have a look:
http://brucedesilva.wordpress.com/


message 17: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Thanks to the great Paula LaRocque, the legendary writing coach, for this fantastic review of my crime novel, "Rogue Island," which is on sale now.
http://www.paulalarocque.com/What_Pau...


message 16: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Check out the great TV review of my new crime novel, "Rogue Island" by veteran investigative reporter Jim Taricani. And don't miss his fine print review that's below the video on the page.
http://www2.turnto10.com/entertainmen...


message 15: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva "Rogue Island is a tense, terrific thriller and a remarkably assured debut," -- Dennis Lehane, author of "The Given Day," "Mystic River," and "Shutter Island"


message 14: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva "Rogue Island" by Bruce DeSilva is a "rollicking debut crime thriller" that "colorfully evokes the drama of crime reporting in a gritty, urban atmosphere where rule...s are made to be broken" -- The Associated Press


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