JIP Hosts 'Rogue Island' Author DiSilva On Radio Show

Bruce DeSilva, author of the highly regarded new crime thriller Rogue Island, described the book and ongoing demise of the traditional newspaper business on the Washington Update radio show Dec. 30. The live nationwide show can be heard by archive on the My Technology Lawyer Radio Network with my Update co-host Scott Draughon. As a listener advisory: Mac listeners need “Parallels.”

During his interview, DiSilva, left, predicted with great regret what he called the ruin of traditional metro newspapers across the country within five years, with no obvious replacement for the watchdog role that his book portrays newspapers as performing. A native of Rhode Island who began his career at the Providence Journal, DeSilva told of his transition from New England journalist to a successful fiction writer. The plot summary for his first book is: 

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 the prostitutes. He knows the politicians and the mobsters, who are pretty much one and the same.

DeSilva’s novel has won unusually strong praise. Publishers Weekly named it one of the best debut novels of 2010. Booklist said, “This tremendously entertaining crime novel is definitely one of the best of the year.” The hosts begin the show with revelations about real-life scoundrels and heroes in public life, and provide their 2011 predictions. 

DeSilva recently retired from journalism after 41 years, a brief part of which overlapped with my work at the Hartford Courant in the early 1980s. Most recently, he was the Associated Press’s writing coach, responsible for training AP journalists worldwide. He is now a masters thesis advisor at Columbia University’s School of Journalism. He and his wife, the poet Patricia Smith, live in Howell, N.J. Kirkus Reviews wrote of his book, “The smallest state bursts with crime, corruption, wisecracks, and neo-noir atmosphere in Bruce DeSilva's blistering debut.” To read more or order the book on Amazon.com, visit:
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