What is great about this listen is Jeff Woodman's narration. He effortlessly goes from the New Yorkers flat drawl to an assortment of voices as he calls the same phone number serveral times in hopes of verification of a clue! Great fun.
The story is interesting and it underscores the newspapers struggle to publish while keeping up with current trends through an on line edition. At the same time our hero is dealing with an inept arson investigation, ongoing squabbles from his soon to be ex wife, training the bosses son and his personal life.
It is not a book that makes me say, "You really must read this!" but rather "It is an OK read"
I loved this book. The narrative is really fluid and the narrator does such a great job that it was like listening to a friend telling a real story, the book part became completely transparent. An amazing first novel, I look forward to read more from this author. Definitively recommended.
The voice of the protagonist did not fit his character. It was sort of Phillip Marlow meets Fletch. The sort of thing Dennis Lehane might have written in high school. He really wore out somewhat clever phrases and names. Calling his Bronco, Secretariat the whole book was a bit much. It was cute calling his cub reporter, Thanks Dad got old pretty quick. The plot was inventive and the author created some very good characters.
Rosie and Veronica were good characters. They were strong and believable. Their dialogue rang true.
Not if Jeff Woodman was doing the first person voice of a 39 year old Pulitzer prize winning, jaded anyone. It was like Justin Bieber reads Mike Hammer.
Hope Bruce Silva keeps writing, the plot was good.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I really enjoyed this story written from the viewpoint of a newspaper reporter investigating fires being set in Rhode Island. The small town mob and crime scene, the history of the area and even the cigar smoking set the stage for a very interesting tale. I'm not at all familiar with that area of the country, so this was a first for me, and a fun break from my usual preferred "southern settings". The twists and turns kept me listening and very satisfying end.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
I really like this fast-moving, interesting story! Crime, law, journalism and Rhode Island politics and mob life all mixed together to make a great read. LOVED the narrators, and found the characters to be well developed for the most part. This is a book worthy of your time if you love a good mystery story.
I enjoyed the opening chapters of this book a great deal, the dialog was very snappy and well done, the narration is great and the characters were eccentric and pulled the story out of the herd. Then, for some reason the story began to get stale, the story took no new direction, the bad guys were able to win the day and the references to baseball began to dominate the story to the point of distraction and irritation - nothing happened for a long stretch, just the main character hiding out at his Aunt's home watching T.V. and growing a beard, then just like that the ending is wrapped up with a tidy little solution and all is well.
This writer has some talent and some of the dialog is so well written it makes the book enjoyable but there is such a dead spot in the story i am not sure it is worth a top recommendation.
If you have been tempted by this book and it is in your wish list, and it is your genre take a chance on it, it is not a bad book, but not great either.
Reserved recalcitrant recommendation
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
I liked this one out of the gate - a fast moving story with the kind of dialogue that I enjoy (kind of crude but not overly vulgar or gratuitous.) I'm usually not a fan of mysteries and I had no idea it was a mystery when I downloaded it - I have so many books on my wishlist and read through so many synopsis' before I choose one that sometimes I lose track of what I'm doing. When I figured out what it was, it already had it's hooks into me - and I was enjoying it enough to squash any inclination to toss it aside because of the genre. I'll add this one to my list of fortunate mistakes and give it a strong recommendation.
This first novel is clever, the characters are well developed and sometimes hilarious, and the descriptions of life in Providence, RI are not to be missed if you are from New England. The plot is well developed with a surprising and satisfying conclusion. The narration is excellent and fast paced. A must read, very unlike the bestseller formulaic mysteries you see prominently displayed at the bookstore-- and minus the gore. I laughed many times at the dialogue and you will too!
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
When you live in California, Rhode Island is a rarely thought of, very distant, very small state. It seems somehow mysterious, with its deep inlets, islands and bays that give a very small place (its area is roughly 28 miles by 40 miles) almost 400 miles of coastline.
When I listened to Bruce DeSilva's "Rogue Island" (2010), I realized that the state's stubborn secretiveness and in-your-face independence is intrinsic. Liam Mulligan, DeSilva's locally born and raised investigative reporter, knows everyone, or knows someone who does. In a state of just over a million people, there's really only one degree of separation - no plot tropes needed.
Mulligan fits some of the hard-boiled stereotypes. Drinks Maker's Mark, when he's not babying an ulcer with club soda. Smokes Cuban cigars, smuggled in by an old neighborhood friend who's a bookie. Loves, loves, loves the Boston Red Sox - which is an endless lesson in hope, rarely followed by anything but crushing disappointment. The hopelessness mirrors the dying newspaper Mulligan writes for.
Mulligan's women fit the hardboiled detective/fiction noir stereotypes. The femme fatale. The oversexed best buddy. The amazon warrior. They are cutout characters, and sometimes interchangeable. A few times I had to think carefully about a girl's background to remember her part in the story.
I got a kick out of some of the quirks of some very minor characters. I was amused by the paranoid, stalking, swearing and often heard but never seen ex-wife Dorcas.
Jeff Woodman's accent sounded pure Eastern Massachusetts to me, which makes sense - Providence, RI is 50 miles from Boston.
I'll definitely read/listen to more in the series.
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This is an entertaining book to listen to. I couldn't tell what I liked better, the RI accent in the narration or the fast moving, fun and tantalizing story that Mr DeSilva wrote. His characters are unique and his description of the little known RI details, that you wouldn't know unless you lived there, are so spot on, I found myself smiling through most of the book, if not out right laughing. I can't wait to download the next one and be entertained some more.