Edgar Award-winner Bruce DeSilva returns with Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, Rhode Island. Mulligan knows every street and alley, every priest and prostitute, every cop and street thug. He knows the mobsters and politicians - who are pretty much one and the same. Inspired by a true story, Providence Rag finds Mulligan, his pal Mason, and the newspaper they both work for at an ethical crossroad. The youngest serial killer in history butchered five of his neighbors before he was old enough to drive. When he was caught eighteen years ago, Rhode Island's antiquated criminal statutes - never intended for someone like him - required that all juveniles, no matter their crimes, be released at age 21. The killer is still behind bars, serving time for crimes supposedly committed on the inside. That these charges were fabricated is an open secret; but nearly everyone is fine with it - if the monster ever gets out more people will surely die. But Mason is not fine with it. If officials can get away with framing this killer they could do it to anybody. As Mason sets out to prove officials are perverting the justice system, Mulligan searches frantically for some legal way to keep the monster behind bars. The dueling investigations pit the friends against each other in a high-stakes race against time - and snares them in an ethical dilemma that has no right answer. Providence Rag is a gripping novel of suspense by one of the rising talents in the mystery field.
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Awesome book, a who done it until the end
Providence Rag rocked, it ranks right up there in my top 10. Book 3 of the Mulligan series did not disappoint, you do not need to read the first 2 to enjoy this book, it makes reference to the previous books but it is a novel all on its own.
The plot kept me guess until the very end, once I thought I had the book figured out I was wrong, it kept me guessing until the very end.
Jeff Woodman does and excellent job, his New England accent is right on, Mulligan and the other main characters all had their own voice, I could tell a different person was speaking each time, some just read the book, Jeff did a wicked good job.
The book is based off a real life case from Rhode Island from some years ago, I was interested in this case so I did the natural thing... I Googled it, that made me aware of the case and I was not aware that this happened right here in my back yard.
Bruce DeSilva is from Rhode Island or he worked here because what I enjoyed was the land marks are correct, from a gas station on Post Rd. in Warwick to some of the neighborhoods, Newport and Narragansett, as Jeff is reading there have been times I will be passing the exact same spot as in the book. An excellent listen.