Re­porter Liam Mul­li­gan on the case in new novel

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Bruce DeSilva uses his jour­nal­is­tic back­ground to el­e­vate Prov­i­dence Rag, the third en­try in his award-win­ning se­ries to fea­ture re­porter Liam Mul­li­gan.

The bru­tal mur­der of two women and their chil­dren over the course of sev­eral years rocks a com­mu­nity in Rhode Is­land in the early 1990s. Though his back­ground is sports, Mul­li­gan gets pulled in to as­sist with the cov­er­age.

Af­ter a sec­ond mur­der, he be­gins to sus­pect that a teenage boy is the killer.

He con­vinces a cop to in­ves­ti­gate and soon af­ter, Kwame Diggs is be­hind bars. But a Rhode Is­land law stip­u­lates that a ju­ve­nile, re­gard­less of the crime com­mit­ted, must be re­leased at age 21. Flash-for­ward to 2012. Diggs is still in a su­per­max prison, with of­fi­cials say­ing it’s the re­sult of his be­hav­iour, in- clud­ing as­sault­ing a guard and smug­gling drugs.

What if the charges were fab­ri­cated to keep Diggs locked up? Is it morally right to play with the truth for the sake of pro­tect­ing the pop­u­la­tion? Or is it racism be­cause he’s black?

Mul­li­gan built his rep­u­ta­tion as a re­li­able re­porter be­cause of the case.

Now Mul­li­gan and his friend Bruce DeSilva Ma­son, a fel­low Thorndike re­porter, start Press dig­ging into the charges against Diggs dur­ing his in­car­cer­a­tion.

DeSilva based the story on the ac­tual case of Craig Price, known as the “Warwick Slasher.” He puts forth tough ques­tions with no straight an­swers — and de­liv­ers an­other out­stand­ing novel.

Prov­i­dence Rag

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