It's very enjoyable, but that's a hard standard, as so many excel in one way or another. Liked the main characters and narration, enjoyable plot twists. A problem that all the female characters are barely even cartoons -- they seem to exist mainly for ogling and maybe some weak romantic drama (really, thinking about The Future after a few weeks of dating?). Building them up a bit would help the believability of the whole.
I really liked "meeting" the old (pseudo-)Italian guy, whose wonderful Providence-area accent, speech style, and Italian idioms brought him to life (and recalled any number of Northeast characters I've dealt with). Not a big player, but a moment that made me smile.
I enjoyed it and would read another. Nothing extreme other than the eye-rolls over lame female characters. Did think the narrator captured the regional accent(s) wonderfully, put me right in Providence or Fall River. Also liked the specificity of the music references and so forth.
Worth a read if you like crime mysteries, regional character, and/or the politics of the news business.
The fact that it was fast paced, and I didn't feel like I'd read the story before.
The excitement and the small town feel.
No extreme reaction. This is a good story though.
I was thoroughly entertained by this book and wanted to know what was going to happen right the way through. Definitely going to continue with this series. Pleased to have found this author.
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.
I rarely give myself the time required to sit down and do nothing else except read a book. Thank goodness for Audible!!
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.