Search Results: "Bruce DeSilva"


BOOK REVIEW

A SCOURGE OF VIPERS by Bruce DeSilva
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 2015

"The mystery this time is no more than a pendant to a frantic, funny, unsparing account of the corrosive power of big money on print journalism, state government and the fragile souls who fill out the cast. Enjoy it on those terms, and you'll be sorry when it's over."
A fourth chapter in the race to the bottom between the state of Rhode Island and Providence Dispatch reporter Liam Mulligan (Providence Rag, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >

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CLIFF WALK by Bruce DeSilva
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 22, 2012

"As in Mulligan's hard-nosed debut, the real star here is Providence, which the author knows intimately."
Fresh from the Most Corrupt State competition comes a second persuasive entry that links pretty much every citizen of Providence to a child-snuff-porn ring. Read full book review >

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PROVIDENCE RAG by Bruce DeSilva
Released: March 11, 2014

"DeSilva, drawing on a real-life case, pours on the ethical complications with such unrelenting suspense that you'll be glad you don't live in Rhode Island. Only the last few chapters are a letdown from the general excellence."
DeSilva's third visit to Rhode Island tracks the potentially dire consequences of trying a 15-year-old killer as a juvenile instead of locking him up and throwing away the key. Read full book review >

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ROGUE ISLAND by Bruce DeSilva
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Mulligan is the perfect guide to a town in which the only ways to get things done are to be connected to the right people or to grease the right palms."
The smallest state bursts with crime, corruption, wisecracks and neo-noir atmosphere in DeSilva's blistering debut. Read full book review >

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THE DREAD LINE by Bruce DeSilva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Though all three cases are wound up less convincingly than they're laid out, fans of DeSilva's cleareyed, heartfelt anatomy of crime and punishment in Rhode Island won't mind a bit."
Getting fired from the Providence Dispatch has done nothing to lighten Liam Mulligan's workload; the first chronicle of his work as a part-time private eye piles no fewer than three cases on his back. Read full book review >

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BIG BAD DETECTIVE AGENCY by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Funny and flip, like Saturday morning cartoons. (Fantasy/mystery. 6-9)"
Everyone knows the Big Bad Wolf is…well bad, right? Read full book review >

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I SAID, "BED!" by Bruce Degen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"A mixed bag of a book. (Early reader. 5-7)"
A book written for new readers seems more like fare for the toddler set. Read full book review >

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SNOW JOKE by Bruce Degen
by Bruce Degen, illustrated by Bruce Degen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A snow book that deserves a warm reception from new readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Anti-social high jinks deliver a lesson in kindness and in learning to read. Read full book review >

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OOKPIK by Bruce Hiscock
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Like his earlier Big Caribou Herd (2003), this conveys the author's love for that remote part of the world and provides a fine introduction for middle-grade readers. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Snowy owls, birds of the frozen far north, appear in the lower 48 states only sporadically, in winters when the lemming population has crashed and food is in short supply. Read full book review >

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ANCIENT EGYPT by Bruce Strachan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"This ambitious but flawed effort is strictly for browsing. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Strachan's photographed dioramas—elaborately staged tableaux of clay and wood combined with oil paint—are undermined by a weak text and painfully inadequate coverage of a subject that deserves better treatment. Read full book review >

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JOHANN GUTENBERG AND THE AMAZING PRINTING PRESS by Bruce Koscielniak
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"Definitely not for the younger picture book crowd, however. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Koscielniak wowed with The Story of the Incredible Orchestra (2000); he is much less successful here. Read full book review >

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ABOUT TIME by Bruce Koscielniak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2004

"His watercolor depictions of various clockworks are unusually lucid, though, and well-explained, making this an adequate alternative to Anita Ganeri's Story of Time and Clocks (1997) or Trent Duffy's The Clock (2000). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Mechanically minded children willing to follow Koscielniak through this quick history of calendars and clocks will find the time well spent. Read full book review >