The Dread Line: the latest Liam Mulligan novel from award-winning author Bruce DeSilva.
Since he got fired in spectacular fashion from his newspaper job last year, former investigative reporter Liam Mulligan has been piecing together a new life - one that straddles both sides of the law. He's getting some part-time work with his friend McCracken's detective agency. He's picking up beer money by freelancing for a local news website. And he's looking after his semi-retired mobster friend's bookmaking business.
But Mulligan still manages to find trouble. He's feuding with a cat that keeps leaving its kills on his porch. He's obsessed with a baffling jewelry heist. And he's enraged that someone in town is torturing animals. All this keeps distracting him from a big case that needs his full attention. The New England Patriots, shaken by a series of murder charges against a star player, have hired Mulligan and McCracken to investigate the background of a college athlete they're thinking of drafting. At first, the job seems routine, but as soon as they begin asking questions, they get push-back. The player, it seems, has something to hide - and someone is willing to kill to make sure it remains secret.
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I'm afraid this series has now run its course. The plot depends on too many unlikely devices such as the local police chief who can be bribed to disclose information In exchange for a Cuban cigar, accommodating Mafiosi, and the ridiculous premise that the protagonist newspaper man has become a bookie and crusading private investigator.
"Another great book in the Mulligan series"
Yes, audio allows the listener to hear what the author's intentions are. Not to mention I don't have to break down and sound out the big words.
The story line is a bit different, Mulligan is no longer the starving reporter, and has stepped up in his life, so now his actions are less restrictive.
Also, I like the fact that Bruce DeSilva lived and worked in Providence R.I. and when he writes about the places in the book, they are the actual places. Street names meet up the buildings and cities, working in Providence I pass these spots daily.
I was born and raised in the Northeast and I am well aware of the New England accent. He pronounces cities and words as if spoken in their natural dialect, he also throws in a great southern accent and when speaking the female parts you can tell as well.
Mulligan has a wise guy attitude and does makes wise cracks through out the book, Bruce has the mind of a street reporter and makes that evident in his main character. I did not cry but found myself laughing.
As with all of his work in the Mulligan series, you do not have to read the previous book to know what is going on. Each book can be read separately as a stand alone novel. When listening to the Dredge Line, all characters are referred to by who they are in series, however, if you are looking for a great series of books I highly recommend Bruce DeSilva books featuring Liam Mulligan.
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