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Bruce DeSilva

Bruce DeSilvaBruce DeSilva worked as a journalist for forty years, and reviewed books for The New York Times, but Bruce DeSilva is best known as the author of the Liam Mulligan series of mystery novels, including CLIFF WALK, PROVIDENCE RAG and now, A SCOURGE OF VIPERS. This Edgar & Macavity Award winner, and Shamus, Anthony, and Barry Award finalist, writes with the knowledge of a seasoned police reporter, he knows cops, corruption in eastern cities, wiseguys, and those that populate the streets by night. DeSilva reveals the issues of our times with honesty and candor.

A Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilvaIn A SCOURGE OF VIPERS, Rhode Island's colorful fictional governor, along with a former religious sister nicknamed Attila the Nun, proposes legalizing sports gambling to ease the state's budget crisis. Powerful organizations that have a lot to lose—or gain—if gambling is made legal flood the little state with money to buy the votes of state legislators. Liam Mulligan, DeSilva's protagonist, digs into the story, several people including a state legislator and a mobbed-up bagman turn up dead. This is at once a suspenseful crime thriller and a serious exploration of the hypocrisy surrounding sports gambling and the corrupting influence of big money on politics.