Prostitution has been legal in Rhode Island for more than a decade; Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter at a 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.
©2012 Bruce DeSilva (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"[A] sterling follow-up to 2010's Rogue Island, which won Edgar and Macavity awards for best first novel.... Look for this one to garner more award nominations." (Publishers Weekly)
Meggin McIntosh, Ph.D. 'The Ph.D. of Productivity'(tm)
Keep writing, Bruce. Keep narrating, Jeff. EXCELLENT! Mulligan is smart and interesting and different from the way I sometimes expect him to be. I hope this series continues for at least 5 or 6 books!
I really like L.S.A. Mulligan (don't call him Liam!). And Jeff Woodman is such a cool narrator. Fun, easy listen. Shorter than I prefer, but like Rouge Island, I didn't feel like anything was missing. I want more Mulligan!!!
yes...narration and dialog were right on.
middle of my seat but hard to "put down"
sexual tension between Mulligan and Vanessa, and many many others
loved the authentic accent of the narrator
This would have been a great series for me, I love the narrator, and the writing style. However, in this difficult political climate I would like to escape the nasty comments we hear and see on the media. I will not continue with the last three books.
Fair hard-boiled detective novel, where our protagonist Mulligan investigates the seedy underworld of adult film making, prostitution and child pornography.
I like the way DeSilva pays frequent homage to the authors who paved the way, Dashiell Hammett, Robert B. Parker and others.
I am inspired by Mulligan's clever individual ringtones, and will try to spice mine up a bit.
And I like the angle of his being a journalist in a time when traditional journalism is dying, newspapers shutting down. Journalism was going to be my field of choice, until I took a programming class and got the bug (so to speak). While I think I would have enjoyed the job, I often wonder what it would be like to have done well in the field only to be pushed out by the internet and global communication. This novel offer a sad glimpse at the possibilities.
The narrator did a wicked good Rhode Island accent.
I've listened to a lot of audiobooks, and its hard to rank because they are all so different, but I'd rank it pretty highly given that I will definitely be purchasing the next book in the series.
I like the character of Mulligan and the way its narrated. The two go together very well.
I used to hate murder mystery novels, but I must have hit a certain age. Plus, there are so many of them out there, there must be something in the genre! I like this series as it deals with some serious subjects, yet remains entertaining on a more light hearted level.
Grew up during the last vestiges of the radio age. Loved 'The Shadow' and 'Green Hornet', etc. I prefer my own images of characters overTV
Honest guy in a bad city.
Kaminsky's Lieberman books.
Never heard of the guy but great narration.
Whenever Dorcus called.
I decided on this book because of the great reviews. Let me start by saying, if I had read the review that said, definately read the first book before this one, I might have. I wouldn't have bought this one tho, because I truly disliked this book. The reporter, Liam..I have no idea what to say. Trying so hard for Bogart's Phillip Marlow ..definately missing the mark. The man asks once and his bidding is done, women, men and dogs. Half of them don't even know him for goodness sake, even the dog! Found it irritating and I never finished this because of its lack of sensibilty and the constant sexual references. The story line was confusing because of all the other things that kept distracting me. I disliked the narrator immensly. Creating a different voice for the players is acceptable. Over acting those voices is not. And he did. I wouldn't listen to him again. It amazes me how everyone has such opposite ideas of a good book. Decide on this one for yourself. There are alot of reviews on this one. Read the good and the bad and figure out what is most important to you in the books you listen to. Don't get sucked into the hype. You might be wasting your time.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
After enjoying Rogue Island so much I had high hopes for Cliff Walk, but it just didn't quite measure up. Having the story revolve around horrific crimes involving children made it a difficult read, and going into detailed anatomical descriptions of what goes on in the legal and criminal sex trades made it even more difficult. If the investigations into the various crimes had been conducted with more vigor and outrage, it may have been more worthwhile. Unfortunately, Mulligan, the police and "Atilla the Nun" (the Attorney General) all seem to be helplessly mired in depression, halfheartedly looking into leads if they came across them, but not aggressively chasing them. Some characters were obvious red herrings, seemingly placed to offer opportunity for the author to make political commentary. Mulligan's obsession with attorney Yolanda and with the stripbar dancer/prostitutes was a major distraction to him as an investigator and to us as readers. Jaunts to jazz concerts and poetry readings were self-indulgent opportunities for the author to show off his cultural interests (with an obvious nod to his wife's poetry). It took the story nowhere. The wrap-up held no major surprises and unlike Rogue Island, offered no ironic satisfaction. Even Mulligan seemed let down.
On the positive side, there was still enough of Mulligan's wisecracking humor and glimpses of previously introduced quirky characters ("Thanks-Dad", ex-wife Dorcas, "Whoosh" the bookie) to add much needed shots of humor. Gave enough life to the story to keep listening and to grant 3 stars and a faint recommendation. Jeff Woodman's reading was very good, although in a few places it was a little difficult to distinguish characters.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.