Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Thriller Roundup: Reporter, Judge, Even Hit Man Need to Watch Their Backs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Thriller Roundup: Reporter, Judge, Even Hit Man Need to Watch Their Backs

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Gritty reporter Liam Mulligan works for the newspaper in gritty Providence, R.I. He sniffs out a suspicious plot to kill off a proposal giving the state government the right to take bets on pro sports.

But his paper once a proud family-owned jewel of journalism has been sold to a newspaper chain more interested in bottom lines than the headlines. First, he has to fight his editors. Then, as he digs more deeply into the story, the facts threaten to cave in on him, violently.

He muses: "A couple of weeks ago, I was an investigative reporter hell-bent on exposing massive political corruption in the state legislature. Now I'd been reduced to trying to clear a violent punk, and myself, of a murder rap."

Author Bruce DeSilva spent decades as a newspaper journalist and does a nice job of portraying the cynical exterior of an internally earnest profession in "A Scourge of Vipers." It's his fourth tale featuring as narrator the wise-cracking reporter Mulligan.

DeSilva also shows a nice hand at local color. Beer drinkers in the state they call "Row Dyelin" favor a locally brewed beer, officially called Narragansett. But the locals call it "'Gansett." One-time Red Sox broadcaster Curt Gowdy used to pepper his game accounts with a pet phrase:

"Hi, neighbor have a 'Gansett."

Now, thanks to well-told crime thrillers like this one, he might say, "Hi, neighbor have a DeSilva!"

'A Scourge of Vipers'

A novel by Bruce DeSilva

Published by Forge, 315 pages, $25.99

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Judge not, lest ye want to see gunshots in your courtroom, be beaten up outside your Manhattan apartment and be threatened with abduction.

That's the way of it for New York County Judge Linda Conover in "The Missing Piece." She's presiding at a trial over the ownership of an ancient silver urn dating from the Roman Empire. But at an earlier trial, gunmen had seized the urn and wounded a court guard. …

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