A hard-boiled newsman who knows he’s a dinosaur in the internet age, but will not let go of his profession, a man who loves women but not too wisely, and a narrator,Woodman-, who gives wonderful insight into the characters--what’s not to love? Mulligan has flaws and the reader can see what lies ahead before he does, but DiSilva’s hero is so likeable and interesting we just shake our head and say ”Mulligan, we coulda warned ya,” and continue on the journey with him. Yep, I’ll be reading further in this series.
some marginally sympathetic characters
Got this as a deal-of-the-day. Finished it because the main mystery was intriguing, but the protagonist and most of the other characters were dislikable to loathsome. Some threads were left unresolved, but I would not listen to another book in this series even if it was free. Fans of George R.R. Martin might like this series, but I did not.
Books are a mainstay of my life! Even the preschoolers and toddlers in my care, have several hundred books, which I rotate based on need.
A story that didn't have curse words in 99% of the sentences. I curse - sometimes it's even fun, so no one reading my comments should think I'm some prude. However, this book surpassed fun cursing or mean cursing - I have to wonder if the author could have written the story with less of it. Did he think the incredible amount of swearing really enhanced the novel? I sure didn't think so.
Less swearing and perhaps not such a convoluted story line.
The narrator may have nailed the way people in Rhode (Rogue) Island speak, but it was over the top.
When I was able to follow the story line (which wasn't always) I enjoyed the plot, but as I said, the story was somewhat convoluted, which made keeping track of who was doing what somewhat challenging.
The author should try again. Next time, use curse words sparingly and see what happens.
I work a lot. I can listen to books while I work. My new hobby. Thank God I can multi-task!
The ending. Very realistic. in tune with normalcy
The characters are very real.
The old guy who he kept going to ask for information
This is solid stuff with a newspaper reporter detective who sits at the center of everything and has more of it his own way than is good for anyone. It has a few twists and turns (and leaves a few loose ends open) and I enjoyed it to the end as I guessed some and got blind-sided by others. The Providence details definitely add to the whole, but I'm not burning to read any next installments.
That said, the reading is exceptional -- just the right hint of a New England accent and a good, engaging speed.
Having lived in Rhode Island , this book brought back great memories of all the colorful characters and places there. The narrator has the Rhode Island speech patterns down pat which add a lot to the story. The plot is somewhat predictable but the characters overcome that shortcoming. I am going to download the next book in the series right away.
Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.
Bruce DeSilva uses a wry humor and gritty dialogue to tell the tale of a Rhode Island newspaper reporter uncovering a large number of arsons in his home town.It is difficult to believe that this is the author's first novel. However, it is not difficult to believe that he has received Edgar and Macavity awards and been nominated for other awards.I already plan to listen to two subsequent novels: "Providence Rag" and "Cliff Walk". It isn't often that I give five stars in all categories, but they were richly deserved in this case.
Good Story if you know a little about Rhode Island. My wife is from there and some of it really rings true. The reader needs to work a little more on the accents. I will likely read more in the series.
Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,
Great characters, great performance. unpretentious writing, classic whodunnit!
It made my commute almost pleasurable.
The inclusion of so many characters.
When the lawyer behind everything was eliminated.
I will buy his second book! In my wish kist.