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Rogue Island | [Bruce DeSilva]

Rogue Island

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Bruce DeSilva's Rogue Island is steeped in nostalgia; ostensibly set in the present, it mourns a dying (dead?) world where the newspaper journalists – embodied here by one Liam Mulligan - are campaigners for truth and justice, obstinately following leads from door to door, working round the clock to get their name on the by-line. The arson attacks that plague the city of Providence seem almost honest in their Luddite criminality compared with the real villains of the book: social media whiz kids and property developers, both of whom are guilty in DeSilva's eyes of erasing the past and bastardising once-familiar landscape.

A lot of modern crime writing stakes out new literary territory, consciously imbuing a previously-overlooked environment with a semi-mythological sense of possibility; Jonathan Lethem achieved this feat in Motherless Brooklyn. In Rogue Island, the geography comes with its own inferiority complex: the locally-set movie Dumb and Dumber is a repeated reference point. But DeSilva's Rhode Island is a rich creation, one which he seems to have looked backward in order to achieve. It's populated with a cast of characters that Damon Runyon would recognise: bookies and monsters, tough-talking editors. The one character with a modern job description is the son of the newspaper's publisher. Needless to say, Mulligan views him with contempt, although Woodman's sympathetic portrayal signals that he will emerge as one of the good guys.

Mulligan is a late-thirties Pulitzer-prize winner in a world where the print journalist is as anachronistic as the camel-coat wearing private detective, many of whose trappings Mulligan shares – a protracted adolescent with an ex-wife problem. Jeff Woodham's engaging portrayal fends off the bitterness that smudges the edges of the character. When Mulligan repeatedly calls the same number to chase a lead, Woodham's range of comic voices are a treat. He's at his most impassioned when Mulligan eulogises newspapers, "the only institution that people trust" – or rather, as the distinct shift of tone here makes clear, it's DeSilva who’s doing the eulogising. —Dafydd Phillips

Publisher's Summary

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 police looking for answers in all the wrong places, and with the whole city of Providence on his back, Mulligan must find the hand that strikes the match.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author Bruce DeSilva.

©2010 Bruce DeSilva (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Edgar Award, Best First Novel, 2011
  • Macavity Award, Best First Mystery Novel, 2011

"This tremendously entertaining crime novel is definitely one of the best of the year." (Booklist)

"The smallest state bursts with crime, corruption, wisecracks, and neo-noir atmosphere in Bruce DeSilva's blistering debut." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Rogue Island 'has raised the bar for all books of its kind.'" (The Dallas Morning News)

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    Nancy Cleveland, TN, United States 07-23-12
    Nancy Cleveland, TN, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Entertaining!"

    This was my first book by this author. I enjoyed the story and the bits of humor interjected; the narrator's performance was excellent. My only recommendation to the author for future books is to limit the amount of sports talk. Many of us reading these books are not sports fans and are not familiar with the players, teams, etc. I enjoyed the mystery and although you could figure out much of it, that didn't detract from the story. I loved the ending, which is important to me (to have an ending that ties up all loose ends and doesn't leave you either hanging or depressed). All and all this is a very good book and I would highly recommend it.

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    Jean Reston, Virginia 06-18-12
    Jean Reston, Virginia 06-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "So much fun it should be illegal!"

    This is my first experience with Bruce DaSilva. The writing is very funny, but it's the narrator who makes it priceless. His various Rhode Island accents are brilliant. I listened to it on the treadmill and I laughed like an idiot. Aidiobooks don't often make me laugh out loud, and I love it when one does. The writing reminds me of the late and very much lamented Donald Westlake. Same cast of looney and slightly demented characters. I will definitely get more of the Mulligan series by DaSilva.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Crosby, TX, United States 06-02-12
    Larry Crosby, TX, United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great New Series"
    Where does Rogue Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top 10%.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I became friends with the characters... and made a few new enemies as well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The respect shown to Mulligan by "the business men" by dismissing him from the long table before business was concluded.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "I gotta change that ring tone..."


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Lee Child and John Sanford you must buy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BZ Banks Atlanta, GA, United States 05-26-12
    BZ Banks Atlanta, GA, United States 05-26-12 Member Since 2012

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    "One of the Top Debuts of The Decade"

    An almost perfect presentation of a brilliant, engaging, clever, wry and gripping story. The characters are brand-new, yet so tenderly brought to life that you feel you'd recognize them on the street. This book packs an emotional wallop and still manages to be wholly believable. I just learned that the second book in the series is out, and I know what I'm listening to next!

    The main character may be closer to a charming Andy Carpenter or young Spenser, but his story places him in sinister company and surroundings more familiar to readers of Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, Adrian McKinty and Dennis LeHane. Anyone who appreciates great storytelling and flawless characterizations will love this audiobook.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sean NORTH OGDEN, UT, United States 04-23-12
    Sean NORTH OGDEN, UT, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Could not make it through"

    Although this may have a wonderful story, I cannot fully comment. I admit to being an unusual reader. I greatly dislike vulgar speech. The F word repeated so often does make any book for me virtually unreadable. I made it through a few hours, then stopped. I realize I am not the audience for this book, but I personally appreciate it when someone else writes a review that comments on such strong language.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Salina, KS, United States 04-21-12
    Donna Salina, KS, United States 04-21-12 Member Since 2013
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    "NOT MY CUP OF TEA !"
    Would you try another book from Bruce DeSilva and/or Jeff Woodman and Bruce DeSilva (Introduction) ?

    NOT sure.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bruce DeSilva? Why or why not?

    NOT sure, this book was not the kind of books I enjoy. It was to me like an old Dick Tracy storyline and just moved too slowly for me, I had to download it again before writing a review because I did NOT remember what it was about that is how interesting it was for...however this only my opinion, I am sure that someone else would probably write a GLOWING REVIEW opposed to what I have written, if this is the kind of book they enjoy.


    What about Jeff Woodman and Bruce DeSilva (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    I have to say that IF it were NOT for the Narrator who did a great job it would have been a total bust for me....LOL Kudos to him...


    Was Rogue Island worth the listening time?

    NOT FOR ME!


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne 04-17-12
    Marianne 04-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Greater than the sum of it's parts"
    If you could sum up Rogue Island in three words, what would they be?

    Rhode Island Idolized


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bruce DeSilva? Why or why not?

    Yes. His feel for characterization is very strong, with novel plot lines.. The pace & dialogue rolls along.


    Did Jeff Woodman and Bruce DeSilva (Introduction) do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. Different tempo & accent for each character.


    Any additional comments?

    A good listen. Some slightly implausible plot lines, but this IS a fiction. It's placed strongly in a locale that was fascinating to me. Not great literature, but it captured my attention from the beginning and kept me involved to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Lac du Flambeau, WI, United States 04-10-12
    James Lac du Flambeau, WI, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Story"
    If you could sum up Rogue Island in three words, what would they be?

    Great background story for a long drive through Iowa and Wisconsin.....


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No... but still good


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jordan Long Beach, CA, United States 04-10-12
    Jordan Long Beach, CA, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "You won't feel like you wasted your time at all."
    Where does Rogue Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's probably about 4th or 5th highest.


    What other book might you compare Rogue Island to and why?

    I fear I may be insulting the book if I compared to other mystery/thriller novels out there, since it's probably better than most like it; a genuinely interesting mystery with more believable characters and relationships than you would expect. Minimalist writing with the appropriate amount of swearing and powerful imagery make it stand out from it's cluttered genre.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Rosie walks out of the burning building cradling that helmet...


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    john 6200 S. Madison St. Burr Ridge, il. 04-09-12
    john 6200 S. Madison St. Burr Ridge, il. 04-09-12 Member Since 2011

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    "+-A good fast listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Rogue Island the most enjoyable?

    The character in the book, the narator, and the subject matter.


    What other book might you compare Rogue Island to and why?

    neon


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman and Bruce DeSilva (Introduction) – was your favorite?

    the main


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    a really fun listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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