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Bruce deSilva

Bruce DeSilva worked as a journalist for 40 years before retiring to write crime novels full time. At the Associated Press, he served as the writing coach, responsible for training the wire service's reporters and editors worldwide. Previously, he directed an elite AP department devoted to investigative reporting and other special projects. Earlier in his career, he worked as an investigative reporter and an editor at The Hartford Courant and The Providence Journal.

Stories edited by DeSilva have won virtually every major journalism prize including the Polk Award (twice), the Livingston (twice), the ASNE, and the Batten Medal. He also edited two Pulitzer finalists and helped edit a Pulitzer winner.

He and his wife Patricia Smith, an award-winning poet, live in Howell, NJ, with their granddaughter Mikaila and an enormous Bernese Mountain Dog named Brady.

Genres: Mystery
Anthony Awards Best First Novel nominee (2011) : Rogue Island
Macavity Awards Best First Novel winner (2011) : Rogue Island
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2015) : Providence Rag

Bruce deSilva recommends
Blessed Are the Dead (2014)
(Gabriella Giovanni Mystery, book 1)
Kristi Belcamino
"... a crime novel so skillfully executed that it's hard to believe it'sher debut ... truly first-rate."
Koreatown Blues (2016)
Mark Rogers
"Koreatown Blues is a cleverly-plotted hard-boiled novel with crisp, muscular prose, a feverish pace, a vividly-drawn urban setting, and characters so real that Rudy Giuliani would stop and frisk them."
Double Wide (2017)
(Whip Stark, book 1)
Leo W Banks
"The book is so good that it’s hard to believe it’s a debut novel. Banks crafted his fast-moving plot expertly. The yarn is exceptionally well-written, Banks’s descriptions of the Arizona desert so vivid that you’ll rush to turn up the air conditioner, his portrayals of his colorful characters so memorable that you’ll find yourself wondering what else those who survivedthe tale are up to once you finish the last page."

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