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Bruce DeSilva

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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 best part of the Bouchercon World Mystery Convetion is the chance to hobnob with crime fiction royalty including Lee Child, David Morrell, and Sara Paretsky; to catch up with old friends including Gar Anthony Haywood, D.P. Lyle, and S.J. Rozan; to have long talks about storytelling, the publishing biz, and the writing life with the likes of Timothy Hallinan, Tim O’Mara, and Thomas Perry; an...

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Description: Chapter 28 of my crime novel, "Rogue Island," published by Forge, Oct. 12, 2010

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message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Bruce,
Thanks for befriending this fellow crime novelist here as well as elsewhere!

Carolyn Haven Thank you for your friendship. Happy reading and writing.
Carolyn Haven

message 3: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Bruce DeSilva's "'Rogue Island' is just my kind of book: beautifully written, to the point, very nasty, and with a hell of a twist." – Sara Gran, critically-acclaimed author of 'Dope' and 'Clair DeWitt & the City of the Dead.'"
I'm thrilled because I love Sara's work. to see why, click here:

message 4: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Tim Dorsey, best-selling author of the slapstick-noir Storm Serge mysteries, on my crime novel, "Rogue Island." -- "The tight description, deft pacing and coming-alive-off-the-page characters will have me standing in line for the next one."
In stores Oct. 12, and available for pre-order on Find out more a...t

message 5: by Bruce (last edited Sep 02, 2010 02:12PM)

Bruce DeSilva "Library Journal" just added to the rave, pre-publication reviews for my crime novel, sayng "Rogue Island is a winner. . . . Boy did it deliver." The novel, which hits the shelves Oct. 12, has already received raves in "Kirkus Reviews," "Booklist" and "Publishers Weekly," and been praised by 14 A-list crime novelists including Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, Alafair Burke and Harlan Coben. To find out more, please go to

message 6: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Whodunit? Who Cares? Please check my blog for an article on Thomas H. Cook and his latest crime novel, "The Last Talk with Lola Faye."

message 7: by Bruce (last edited Sep 07, 2010 05:19AM)

Bruce DeSilva Peter Blauner, critically acclaimed author of "Slow Motion Riot" and "Slipping Into Darkness," talking about "Rogue Island," my new crime novel: "Fans of Michael Connelly and Robert B. Parker, rejoice. L.S.A. Mulligan is on the case. 'Rogue Island' is full of high spirits, low cunning and barbed wit. A wry and entertaining debut in the grand hard-boiled tradition from Bruce DeSilva."
The book, on sale Oct. 12, has also been praised by 14 other A-list crime writers including Dennis Lehane, Alafair Burke and Harlan Coben, as well as by Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and the Library Journal. To learn more, please go to my website:

message 8: by Bruce (last edited Sep 13, 2010 06:04AM)

Bruce DeSilva "Cross me heart, I could have written a whole essay on how much I loved "Rogue Island." Imagine Don Winslow peppered with Peter Dexter and you'd have the flavour and pace of this novel. The writing has a balanced poise that is perfectly suited to the narrative, there are no tidy solutions, and the ending leaves a fierce chill lingering. A terrific slow-motion burn of a novel." -- Ken Bruen, Irish master of noir.

"Rogue Island," a crime novel by Bruce DeSilva, has received glowing reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist and Library Journal, and has been praised by 14 A-list crime novelists including Dennis Lehane, Harlan Coben and Michael Connelly. The book will be in stores Oct. 12 and is available for pre-order from

message 9: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Congratulations to my brilliant wife Patricia for winning Rattle magazine's $5,000 poetry prize. Her winning poem was chosen from six thousand entries. Learn more here:

message 10: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva "Not since Dennis Lehane's 'A Drink Before the War' have I read a first novel as compelling and sure-handed as DeSilva's 'Rogue Island.' Investigative reporter Liam Mulligan has the tough-talking charm, the old school street smarts, and sexy chivalry of a Marlowe or Spade. He needs all these skills to navigate a world where vigilantes prowl the neighborhood with baseball bats, and everyone from sleazy politicians to mafia losers are out to slice off their pound of flesh. I hope Mulligan is around for years to come. He’s funny, fallible, and real." -- James W. Hall, Edgar-Award-winning author of "Hell’s Bay" and "Magic City"
On sale Oct. 12 and available for pre-order on
To learn more, please check out my web site:

message 11: by Bruce (last edited Sep 24, 2010 07:52AM)

Bruce DeSilva The Williamsburg (VA) Regional library has made my crime novel, "Rogue Island," it’s “pick of the day” and given it a nice review. The novel, which has been getting rave reviews, is available now from and will be in bookstores Oct. 12.
To see the library’s review, please click here:
To learn more of the book, please click here:

message 12: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva "'Rogue Island' is a blast! 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, best-selling author of the Harry Bosch crime novels
In stores Oct. 12, the book is avaialble for order
To learn more, please see my website:

message 13: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Bob Seay of Rhode Island public radio interviewed me about my new crime novel, "Rogue Island." Please give it a listen:

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

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 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.

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.

message 18: by Bruce

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

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{

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!

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:

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:

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:

message 24: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva I'm the guest blogger on Mary Deeth's book blog today. Please take a look:

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.

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.

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:

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.

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."

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.)

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 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:

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!

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!

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!

message 36: by Bruce

Bruce DeSilva Check out my interview this week on the Mysterious Writers website:

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:

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:

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.

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.

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 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:

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 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:

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:

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 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).

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 50: by Dennis

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

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