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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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    Bob GAHANNA, OH, United States 07-06-11
    Bob GAHANNA, OH, United States 07-06-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Two hours of my life I'll never get back!!!"

    If you enjoy inane chatter from dull characters then this book is for you. For the first five chapters I couldn’t decide if it was the narrator, slow storyline, or the dull characters that made me want to turn my ipod off. But I stuck with it and by the end of the tenth chapter I decided it was all of the aforementioned issues plus the main character is a guy that even his mother couldn’t stand. The guy has cutesy names for his car, wife, and who knows what else. The author takes great pains to explain the obvious to the reader/listener?

    In the introduction the author states that Evan Hunter sent him a note advising him to write a novel based upon reading a “nice little story” he had written. Hunter was wrong. Here’s a note for the author, "you should have written the dog story." It had to be better than this story.

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    "Great Series Debut & A-Plus Narrator"
    Where does Rogue Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Home run on story, voice(s) and pat on the back for selecting this book, which was multiply honored for a debut series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the narrator's gift for dialogue and dialect.


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

    hard to pick: many were stellar depictions of wiseguys, etc.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ellen 10-11-12
    ellen 10-11-12
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    "looking forward to next in series"

    great book and interesting plot; will read next in series to follow liam and his exploits

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    Betsy brooklyn, NY 09-21-12
    Betsy brooklyn, NY 09-21-12 Member Since 2015

    I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.

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    "Is the author trying to be Harlen Coben?"

    I went to school in "Rowd island" and I think the accent is technically ok but overdone. Take away the accent and what is left? Don't see how it would fly on the printed page.
    Nothing unexpected...I won't listen to the next book..

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    Michael Weston, MA, United States 08-13-12
    Michael Weston, MA, United States 08-13-12
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    "Gutsy and funny new crime series."
    What did you love best about Rogue Island?

    Great characters, real detail about newsrooms today and the background of Providence.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the feel of the town and of Rhode Island's weird and wonderful politics.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman and Bruce DeSilva (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    There are only two in the series so far and I liked them both. I'll buy the next one for sure. Haven't been this enthusiastic since I first discovered the Spenser novels. The narrator has the right accent for Providence.


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    Lance Karl Johnson 08-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Yarn"

    This was a great book to listen to while on the road. The story line is well developed and most of the characters are believable. It was neither life-changing nor though-provoking, but a great way to pass the time. Part of that character development is due to the skill of the narrator. He did a great job with the various voices and accents. The accents were present, but not overwhelming or stereotypical.

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    Fawn Commerce City, CO, United States 08-04-12
    Fawn Commerce City, CO, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I love this narrator"

    This is a good series. I enjoy the character and the narrator is great. Its a short listen, which I neither like or dislike. I would like more, but the story isn't missing anything so I am on the fence. Can't wait for more from DeSilva.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Cranford, New Jersey, United States 10-16-11
    Elaine Cranford, New Jersey, United States 10-16-11 Member Since 2013

    Certified bookworm since 1962

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    "Tries Too Hard to be Noir"

    This novel tries too hard to be a hard-boiled film-noir novel and it fails miserably. It's a cheap imitation with a main character that is so unlikable that you'd like to see him get hit way before the book is over. Want a good read in this type of genre? Read some Jim Thompson, or early James Ellroy, or Richard Stark or Charles Bukowski or Dashiell Hammett.

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    Don Reno, NV United States 08-14-11
    Don Reno, NV United States 08-14-11
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    "A disappointment"

    Decent plot, interesting vignettes about Rhode Island, shallow characters,difficult to accept the story line, and not read by a very good reader.

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    Susan Salt Lake City, UT United States 06-08-11
    Susan Salt Lake City, UT United States 06-08-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Maybe its a guy thing?"

    Seems the author is trying too hard to be a skirt chasing, tough talking, lover of movie cliches (who can't understand why younger people don't know the lines from old movies) reporter. A little too much objectifying of women for my taste. Decent plot, and I finished it, which is saying something, but I probably won't read any more from this author. (I love books and 3 stars is about as low as I go unless the book is written by Ann Coulter or something, which of course I'd never read.)

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
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