Rogue Island

Rogue Island

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2011 Edgar Award Winner for Best First Novel

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 whole city of Providence on his back, Mulligan must weed through a wildly colorful array of characters to find the truth.

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2010.
ISBN: 9780765327260
0765327260
Characteristics: 302 p. ;,25 cm.

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PolyWogg
Dec 17, 2018

BOTTOM-LINE:
A decent introduction of a new sleuth
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
A reporter, Liam Mulligan, investigates a series of arsons around his hometown.
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WHAT I LIKED:
Mulligan makes an intriguing sleuth, and he has lots of interesting characters running around the woodwork. He is far from Sherlock Holmes, nor is he Spenser for Hire taking on the tough guys. A bit more Donald Lam or Trace…slightly incompetent, but not Plum-funny. His partners-in-sleuthing are generally good.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
There are quite a few "foreshadowing" hints dropped, and it made me figure me well-in-advance sometimes when certain things were likely to happen and how. Although, to be fair, a couple never happened (red herrings). And I thought the bad guys were all relative obvious for the overall plot and motive.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media.

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Dreamstime
Aug 06, 2015

Enjoyable book written in a staccato style with short chapters that fit a newspaper style. Be prepared for tragic elements that heighten the drama as it unfolds.

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fuchsiagal
Jul 30, 2013

Having lived in Rhode Island during the Buddy Cianci era, this book is an amazing reconstruction of the time. Novel or not, it is definitely based on accurate events of the 1990's.

I remember when our manager came into our department and told us about the Feds going into City Hall.

It was good to get some deeper insights into just what was going on behind those closed doors. For once the mob got its due!

michiganlee Jun 29, 2013

good first novel;laughed at wisecracks

thunderingfox Jul 19, 2012

Better then average novel about a newspaper reporter's attempt to solve a string of arsons. Humorous and witty

Pippi_L Jun 10, 2011

This is a fast-paced crime novel, with a street-smart hero is hard to put down until you reach the end.

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