Cliff Walk: A Liam Mulligan Novel
  • Cliff Walk: A Liam Mulligan Novel
  • Cliff Walk: A Liam Mulligan Novel

Cliff Walk: A Liam Mulligan Novel

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by Bruce DeSilva
     
 

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Prostitution has been legal in Rhode Island for more than a decade; Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter at dying Providence newspaper, suspects the governor has been taking payoffs to keep it that way. But this isn't the only story making headlines…a child's severed arm is discovered in a pile of garbage at a pig farm. Then the body of an

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Prostitution has been legal in Rhode Island for more than a decade; Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter at dying Providence newspaper, suspects the governor has been taking payoffs to keep it that way. But this isn't the only story making headlines…a child's severed arm is discovered in a pile of garbage at a pig farm. Then the body of an internet pornographer is found sprawled on the rocks at the base of Newport's famous Cliff Walk.

At first, the killings seem random, but as Mulligan keeps digging into the state's thriving sex business, strange connections emerge. Promised free sex with hookers if he minds his own business—and a beating if he doesn't—Mulligan enlists Thanks-Dad, the newspaper publisher's son, and Attila the Nun, the state's colorful Attorney General, in his quest for the truth. What Mulligan learns will lead him to question his beliefs about sexual morality, shake his tenuous religious faith, and leave him wondering who his real friends are.

Cliff Walk is at once a hard-boiled mystery and an exploration of sex and religion in the age of pornography. Written with the unique and powerful voice that won DeSilva an Edgar Award for Best First Novel, Cliff Walk lifts Mulligan into the pantheon of great suspense heroes and is a giant leap for the career of Bruce DeSilva.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429957977
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
05/22/2012
Series:
Liam Mulligan , #2
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
360,200
File size:
897 KB

Meet the Author

Bruce DeSilva spent forty-one- years as a journalist before writing Rogue Island, his first novel, which won the 2011 Edgar Award for Best First Novel and the 2011 Macavity Award for best debut. Formerly the Associated Press's writing coach, responsible for training AP journalists worldwide, DeSilva is now a master's thesis advisor at the Columbia University School of Journalism. DeSilva and his wife, the poet Patricia Smith, live in Howell, New Jersey, with their granddaughter, Mikaila, and two enormous canines, a Bernese Mountain Dog named Brady and a mutt named Rondo.


Bruce DeSilva's 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. Previously, he was a journalist for forty years, most recently as writing coach world-wide for The Associated Press, editing stories that won nearly every major journalism prize including the Pulitzer. He has worked as a consultant for fifty newspapers, taught at the University of Michigan and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and lectured at Harvard University's Nieman Foundation. He and his wife, the poet Patricia Smith, live in New Jersey with two enormous dogs named Brady and Rondo. He is the author of Rogue Island, Cliff Walk and Providence Rag.

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Cliff Walk: A Liam Mulligan Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At a recent book-signing event, Bruce DeSilva told his audience that he believed a good contemporary mystery novel needs to reflect the social issues of the story's locale. I don't think anyone in the room disagreed with him. Alas, when I started reading "Cliff Walk," I was confronted by some of the same old liberal bogeymen: ex-military thugs, right-wing zealots, and the Catholic Church. Somehow, I don't think any of these are what ails Rhode Island. The state is going broke, town by town and city by city, thanks to decades of failed public policy. The elephant in the living room that seems to evade Mr. DeSilva's field of vision is the entrenched, corrupt, all-powerful one-party legislature that runs things in the Ocean State. An accurate portrait of Rhode Island's social ills needs to depict their political roots. As a mystery, "Cliff Walk" isn't up to Mr. DeSilva's first novel, "Rogue Island," thanks to a thin plot and countless references to pop-music that I guess are intended to show that the author is hip and cool. A disappointing second effort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really garbled plot. Lots of concludions with nothing to back them up. It is as if the author said;"Holy crap I have already writtem 600 meandering pages. I really have to end this right now." So he does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bruce DeSilva delivers once again in his second novel titled Cliff Walk. Liam Mulligan and the cast pf zany characters are joined in murder and pornography investigations. Mulligan is still bedeviled by his soon to be exwife, Dorcas. Another fast paced enjoyable read with lots of subtle and at times notso subtle humor. Give yourself permission to enjoy a few hours of an engaging story. J M Lydon
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a true slice of Rhode Island and a gritty suspense-filled rollercoaster ride with quirky characters that leap right off the page and dialogue equal to that of the master, Elmore Leonard -- then CLIFF WALK should go to the top of your must-read list. -- Jan Evean Whitford, author of MYSTIC ISLAND and MYSTIC FEAR
dtodeen More than 1 year ago
One of the best books this summer. Highly recomended!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Walks up to Pierce" Pierce im sorry...... For all what i said and done to you......You can do anything to me.... "a tear went down my face"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shrugs sadly and pads back to sl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Nathan!!!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Burns her arms but keeps going. Three minutes okay three. Just hol on for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know he is but he wouldnt do somthing like that!!! Ithe rencarnation of Hollyleaf but i DIDNT kill anycat!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No...I mean...he possessed me...he's back inside now, but... #T
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Tinystrike!" She stands on the cliffside, calling Tinystrike, hoping he'll stop and come back "Your not Scourge! Your Tinystrike! Your a warrior of HurricaneClan!" her voice echoes off the rock walls. "Your my mate!" She finishes firmly. Her thick pelt is buffeted by the wind and her silver eyes glow unnatrually. -Moonchaser
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks like it might be good.