Rogue Island (Liam Mulligan Series #1)

Rogue Island (Liam Mulligan Series #1)

by Bruce DeSilva
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Rogue Island (Liam Mulligan Series #1) by Bruce DeSilva

2011 Edgar Award Finalist for Best First Novel

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765327260
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Series: Liam Mulligan Series , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Bruce DeSilva recently retired from journalism after a 41-year career. Most recently, he was the Associated Press's writing coach, responsible for training AP journalists worldwide. He is now a masters thesis advisor at the Columbia University School of Journalism. He and his wife, the poet Patricia Smith, live in Howell, N.J., with their graddaughter, Mikaila, and a Bernese Mountain Dog named Brady.

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Rogue Island 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
markpsadler More than 1 year ago
Investigative journalist Mulligan drags us through the graft of the corruption that is Providence, Rhode Island, his beat; one that includes both crooked and inept cops, the mobsters they are chasing and the politicians who fund them all. Definitely an eye-opener for me, who always had thought of our smallest State as being full of Portuguese fishermen thanks to Rudyard Kipling. He would be surprised at the change! Mulligan is one of us, the common people. He has a wife he's trying to divorce, a boss who is never satisfied, long-standing friends and an ulcer he is trying to nurse. He also has a couple of informants on the wrong side of the street, a bookie with ties to the local mobsters he is investigating and a girlfriend who is holding out again. He is also totally believable; the fl awed protagonist we can all relate to. When a fire-bug starts burning down the neighborhood he grew up in, house by house, he takes to the streets with his newspaper colleagues in an effort to find out who is behind the fires. When he discovers the truth of who is really behind the tragedy, death and destruction, Mulligan is forced to take matters in his own hands. Bruised, battered and scarred we are given an open-eyed tour of Mount Hope. What you find there may surprise you. With charisma, grit and the knowledge that all will be right in the world as long as the Red Sox win the pendant, DeSilva leads us through the world of the local newspaper reporter. In this tough, barred-knuckles fight the good guy is triumphant this time. until the next big story, and boy I'll be waiting to read that one too.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a native Rhode Islander reading this book was akin to reading accounts of daily happenings as reported in the Providence Journal. It presents a truer depiction of life in Rhode Island than some would want to reveal. The incorporation of the names of real people like Buddy Cinaci (former mayor of Providence who personified Rhode Island political life), Manny Ramirez of the beloved Red Sox and the Providence College basketball players added to the realism of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
written in such a wonderful old time style, that I "saw" the characters in black and white! Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well written characters and top story!
windyfw More than 1 year ago
The author gradually drew me into the plot and by the end was really into it.
BronxAngelReview More than 1 year ago
Good story. Great characters. Snappy dialogue. As a former NYC cop who worked in the South Bronx during the 1970s when the entire 41st precinct was burning, I really related to this book. I purchased the Kindle edition last night, finished it today. Enough said. TF
JoanieGranola More than 1 year ago
This novel reminds me of the style in which Dashiell Hammett wrote a mystery. There is a lot of [dry] humor injected throughout this novel, which I quite enjoy. Having been married to a newspaperman myself, I can certainly relate to the quirks of the main character and his obsession about having a police scanner in the bedroom. Unfortunately, I waited too long after completing the book to write a better review to Mr. DeSilva's novel - it deserves a much better plug than just "it's great". However, this book is great - the main character narration provides such minute detail to even the most basic of scenes, the story follows a logical sequence and there is enough action that keeps the reader engaged right through to the end. This is a great first novel and I look forward to more in the future.
Lynie More than 1 year ago
Someone has been setting fires in the Mount Hope section of Providence. People are dying and the police and arson investigators aren't making any progress in catching the firebug. Investigative reporter Liam Mulligan is devastated by the senseless death and destruction in his childhood neighborhood. It starts to become personal when people he cares about are seriously injured. Despite threats to his own safety, Mulligan is spending his time following the paper trail of just who benefits from the fires, a long and arduous road that takes him through the underbelly of Providence's mobsters and crooked politicians. Mulligan (as he prefers to be called) is a busy man. His ulcer is acting up. He's been assigned the task of taking the publisher's son Mason under his wing, and he's not thrilled. He's also cultivating a romantic relationship with fellow reporter Veronica Tang, while still dealing with his crazy, soon to be ex-wife. Mr. DeSilva has created a likable character in Mulligan and I hope we'll be seeing more books featuring this ace reporter. The grittiness of Rhode Island's long history of political corruption serves as the perfect backdrop for this terrific debut mystery. Lynn Kimmerle
Madriver More than 1 year ago
I won't rehash the plot here, but will say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and felt some of the pain of the main character. And the Providence setting was dead on - I have no patience for authors who use real cities as setting for their books, but then make up things that anyone who's been there knows are fake. I'm looking forward to this author's next book, and I hope it stars the same main character.
Susan Anderson More than 1 year ago
a page turner, hard to put down
silencedogoodreturns More than 1 year ago
A delightful series, very readable. The old police/crime/detective novel with a twist: the protagonist is a cynical journalist rather than a cop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The central theme of this novel is the question of who or what is behind the numerous arsons that are being set in a decaying part of Providence, Rhode Island. A number of these fires have already taken lives. L. A. S. Mulligan is an ace reporter for the local newspaper and he is taking these blazes very seriously. This is the neighborhood where he grew up and he knows the victims personally. His best friend since they were six years old is Rosie, the first female firechief in the city's storied history. Reporter and chief set out to discover the who and what that lies behind these tragedies. Along the journey, we meet a strong supporting cast of amusing characters, most of whom provide some really enjoyable lines and moments. This is an enjoyable and fast read and I give it a hearty recommendation to enjoy this new author's first published effort. J M Lydon
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
Having read an inspiring review of a later book in this series I decided to start at the beginning of this series. I was not disappointed.. Liam Mulligan is a newspaper reporter in a decaying section of Providence, RI. His life usually consists of the Red Sox, smoking cigars and getting screamed at by his ex-wife on the telephone. His newspaper is on its last leg as other new outlets have been making the printed page obsolete. Andy drives a decrepit Ford Bronco that he calls "Secretariat and lives in a messy small apartment. Suddenly a series of "suspicious" fires start happening and Liam keeps his ears peeled to the police scanner for any alert of a new fire. Places that Liam knew his whole life are being wiped out in the blazes and there are a lot of victims that Liam knew. Everyone in power seems to be either corrupt or incompetent and nothing is being done to find the culprit. Since it is personal, Liam realizes it is up to him to do something before everything is gone. The author does an amazing job of introducing interesting supporting characters. There is a bookie who works out of a supermarket office in his underwear who organizes a group of vigilantes to protect the town. There is Rosie, the fire captain who has been Liam's lifelong friend and Veronica his girlfriend who will not commit to Liam until he takes and AIDS test. The story is not what you expect from a thriller, making it difficult for the reader to guess what will happen next. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to finding the next two books in the series.
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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.
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