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Rogue Island (Liam Mulligan Series #1)

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

an exhilarating mystery

In Providence, Rhode Island, a serial arsonist is torching the Mount Hope section over the last three months with nine fires and five corpses. Reporter Liam Mulligan wants to catch the murderer who has killed friends and acquaintances from his old neighborhood. The ci...
In Providence, Rhode Island, a serial arsonist is torching the Mount Hope section over the last three months with nine fires and five corpses. Reporter Liam Mulligan wants to catch the murderer who has killed friends and acquaintances from his old neighborhood. The city residents are in a panic as the police and fire department seem helpless.

Mulligan's inquiry is enabled by a horde of collaborators stonewalled by a stunning coalition of cops, fire inspectors, politicians and landlords who make up the seamier underbelly of the city. Lawyers are thrown at him and the newspaper with threats to bankrupt the paper. The case turns even nastier when the police probe Mulligan insisting they have probable cause to name him a person of interest.

The key element to this strong arson investigative noir is the support cast of hookers, runners, bookies and hoods who make the atmosphere come darkly alive and mouthy Mulligan fit as one of them. The whodunit is cleverly devised to keep readers' attention with a strong spin that will stun the audience. However, it is the denizen of the streets of the Mount Hope neighborhood especially in contrast to the "Suits" who make this an exhilarating mystery.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on October 27, 2010

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A first effort worth reading...

As a native Rhode Islander who grew up in Providence, I had to read Bruce DeSilva's first effort at detective fiction set in the old hometown. While Dashiell Hammett and Ross Macdonald have nothing to fear, DeSilva does put together an engaging story that captures much ...
As a native Rhode Islander who grew up in Providence, I had to read Bruce DeSilva's first effort at detective fiction set in the old hometown. While Dashiell Hammett and Ross Macdonald have nothing to fear, DeSilva does put together an engaging story that captures much of the state's legendary culture of corruption. (And it was nice to learn that places like Caserta's and Camille's are still thriving on Federal Hill.) DeSilva could have spared us his Howard Zinn view of Rhode Island's (and America's) dreadful history, and focused a bit more on the success of the thousands of immigrant families who worked to make better lives for themselves and their children in the Ocean State. Rather, his own political views are pretty evident in his story telling. For example, while he points out the corruption of a 19th-century Republican political machine, he fails to mention the central fact of Rhode Island life today: the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is a one-party state, with the entrenched Democratic legislature and the powerful public-sector unions conjoined to put a stranglehold of high taxes on a struggling economy. The fact that largely blue-collar Rhode Islanders put up with this situation probably explains in part why "beating the system" is a necessity and business as usual. A decent read, but DeSilva's next effort could do without the politics.

posted by 1957685 on November 27, 2010

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