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Cliff Walk

A Liam Mulligan Novel

by Bruce DeSilva

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Cliff Walk by Bruce DeSilva
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  • Published May 2012
    320 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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Prostitution has been legal in Rhode Island for more than a decade; Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter at dying Providence newspaper, suspects the governor has been taking payoffs to keep it that way. But this isn't the only story making headlines…a child’s severed arm is discovered in a pile of garbage at a pig farm. Then the body of an internet pornographer is found sprawled on the rocks at the base of Newport’s famous Cliff Walk.

At first, the killings seem random, but as Mulligan keeps digging into the state's thriving sex business, strange connections emerge. Promised free sex with hookers if he minds his own business - and a beating if he doesn't - Mulligan enlists Thanks-Dad, the newspaper publisher's son, and Attila the Nun, the state's colorful Attorney General, in his quest for the truth. What Mulligan learns will lead him to question his beliefs about sexual morality, shake his tenuous religious faith, and leave him wondering who his real friends are.

Cliff Walk is at once a hard-boiled mystery and an exploration of sex and religion in the age of pornography. Written with the unique and powerful voice that won DeSilva an Edgar Award for Best First Novel, Cliff Walk lifts Mulligan into the pantheon of great suspense heroes and is a giant leap for the career of Bruce DeSilva.

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"Starred Review. [A] sterling follow-up to 2010's Rogue Island, which won Edgar and Macavity awards for best first novel. ...Look for this one to garner more award nominations." - Publishers Weekly

"Wiseacre Mulligan is never less than compelling company, and the analogies between the newspaper business and the porn business are spot-on." - Kirkus Reviews

"Starred Review. His plotting is exquisite... Terrific on every level." - Booklist

"Liam Mulligan is the most human, unpredictable, and anti-authoritarian fictional character I've met since Ranger Gus McCrae of Lonesome Dove. I love DeSilva's Cliff Walk. Mulligan is my new American hero." - Howard Frank Mosher, critically-acclaimed author of On Kingdom Mountain and Waiting for Teddy Williams

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Bruce DeSilva

Bruce DeSilva spent forty-one years as a journalist before writing Rogue Island, his first novel, which won the 2011 Edgar Award for Best First Novel and the 2011 Macavity Award for best debut. Formerly the Associated Press's writing coach, responsible for training AP journalists worldwide, DeSilva is now a master's thesis advisor at the Columbia University School of Journalism. DeSilva and his wife, the poet Patricia Smith, live in Howell, New Jersey, with their granddaughter, Mikaila, and two enormous canines, a Bernese Mountain Dog named Brady and a mutt named Rondo.

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