Cliff Walk: My review

Cliff Walk: Bruce DeSilva


Reviewed by Fran Lewis


Imagine the sight of a young child’s severed arm found in pile of garbage on a pig farm. The pain this child endured could not be described in words and the sight of the shattered bones almost surreal to the owner of the farm. Although it is a reputable business Scialic Recycling was where this body part was found but when listening to the conversation between the owner and investigative reporter Liam Mulligan you would think they were referring to a piece of meat found in a waste basket or a tossed out carcass.


Liam Mulligan spends most of his days hunting down stories dealing with real crimes not a social event requiring him to dress up in a tuxedo. But, his boss insists that he covers the Annual Derby Ball but not before getting a ticket for you are not going to believe it: Safe Driving because the officer did not want to lose face after stopping him and realizing he was guilty of nothing. He ticketed him for stopping at the sign he stopped at.  This is just the tip of the iceberg for Rhode Island and the corruption and illegal dealings in that state and much more. So, why was the Governor seen with a local mobster by our reporter and what were they discussing while everyone else was eating caviar and drinking champagne?


With his article in the Derby Ball placed on the paper’s website and driving back to Providence Liam began to recount the events at the ball and the reader is enlightened to the history of Salvatore Maniella and his rise as one rich porno King. Imagine that prostitution was declared legal in this state if the transaction takes place indoors and since the courts agreed Salvatore and some other “Businessmen,” decided to open Gentlemen’s Clubs.


But, not everyone is immune to murder and when driving back to Providence his police scanner goes off he heads back to Newport to learn that the very internet pornographer he saw commiserating with the Governor at the Derby Ball was the body found sprawled out on the rocks at the base of Cliff Walk. As the facts come in and the Attorney General AKA: Attila the Nun discusses the case no one comes forward to ID the body and his family is nowhere to be found. Working along with Mulligan is the son of the newspaper’s publisher who although rich and just learning is a valuable asset to Mulligan. Nicknamed Thanks Dad for his fatherly ways even though young, he reveres Mulligan and together with the Attorney General hunts for the truth. Could the severed arm and the murder of Salvador Maniella be related? According to the Attorney General the family was grooming the daughter to take over the business making the father’s death just a change in command. Corruption runs high in this State, as this man’s family and this man literally own the governor, superior justices and half the state legislature.


As Mulligan decides to frequent several bars owned by the Maniella family he is propositioned, offered services, learns more about the family and spends time trying to figure out who was behind the murder and why no one is talking. Added to the mix is the Attorney General’s unsuccessful attempt to get the Governor to eliminate prostitution in Rhode Island and hoping the police find out more about the severed arm. Girls for sale and yet they have to pay to dance at most of these clubs and even worse they had to pay off bouncers and for the rooms. Protection comes high for the girls but the payoff is even higher. But, there are so many dead ends to follow Mulligan needs one clean lead.


Author Bruce DeSilva brings the reader inside the world of prostitution and child pornography as you witness first hand what the girls experience, the protection they need, the violence involved and their struggle for survival as Mulligan joins them on this dangerous journey trying to stop what Rhode Island’s top officials profit from. Each girl tells her back-story helping you understand the graft and violence attached. The author’s descriptions allow the reader to create his or her own mental image of the real world of prostitution.


The murders were just adding up as another young girl’s body parts were round where the severed arm was and Mulligan still had no answers to who and why these kids were being killed and dismembered.



A startling revelation would change one part of the investigation as Mulligan learns more about Sal and his family. But, things heat up even more when Mulligan gets a tip and walks in on three more murder victims. Rhode Island seems riddled with murders and not just kids. When the police asks him to withhold certain information it is up to Mulligan to decide whether he should. But the murders lead to more questions and the answers do not seem to be coming as Mulligan teams up with the police Captain and the Attorney General to find out who is behind the murders, the snuff films and who wanted Sal dead.


The links start to form in the chain as Mulligan starts to connect the murders of the pornographer, the children that are abducted and killed and the porn business in general. From Cliff Walk to Chad Brown Housing to a pig farm, snuff films and much more this book brings to light what some will do to make money, exploit women, avenge deaths and circumvent the law to get the job done. Just who was behind the deaths of so many you won’t believe. Who had all the pedophiles killed and made contributions to find missing children? Who leaked the information in order to make sure that the right people knew and were in the right place? Just how does Mulligan fit in and how does he figure out the mastermind and much more? What happens at the end lets the reader know that there is much more work for Mulligan to do and even though the governor made prostitution a misdemeanor and changed the law will things really change? Offered a job from Vanessa to work digging into lives of others Mulligan has a hard decision to make and the offer is quite lucrative. Just what he decides and how this turns out will definitely surprise the reader as author Bruce DeSilva penned another novel so filled with twists, turns and an unexpected ending that lets the reader know that Mulligan has more work to do.


From the author of Rogue Island comes a novel that will take you into the depths of porn movies, underworld murders, child pornographer, Gentlemen clubs and the inside world of hookers. Fast paced action packed and so true to life even if it’s fiction. What happens when one police captain, one tough reporter and one Thanks Dad young guy team up? Cliff Walk: Don’t go to close to the edge!


Fran Lewis: Reviewer










Five Golden Hugs filled with Sunshine for Sarah

Trophy Murders


Sue Julsen


Sarah Freedman has lived her whole life in fear. From the moment she turned three when her father abducted her, used her for his own gratification, Sarah never felt safe just alone. Sarah was taught to lie, cheat and steal in order to please her father and not be the object of his wrath. Her father enjoyed the company of many women who for the most part were warm and kind to Sarah until Janet. Janet was her nightmare and even more. She became her stepmother and Sarah became her ticket to punching bag and her meal ticket. No matter how hard Sarah tried to please this horrific woman and begged her father not to leave her alone with her, her words fell on deaf ears. Not until he finally realized that he could not deal with Janet anymore and did not want to support another child did they leave. When things became difficult her father would wake her in the middle of the night to leave but not before stealing valuables and money from whatever women they were living with at the time. But, Sarah’s troubles were far from over even when her Uncle Henry used all of his police contacts and the finally brought her back home to her mother. Violet became so distraught after she went missing that she could no longer handle life, became an alcoholic and for the few months that she got to reconnect with her daughter she never really appreciated her or life. Violet had an untimely death leaving Sarah in the custody of her grandparents and later her mother’s brother her Uncle Henry. Offering to care for her and adopt her he and his wife Olivia agreed to become her parents. But, Olivia is no better than Janet or anyone else that she ever lived with. As a matter of fact her Aunt if unforgiving, cruel, abusive, mean and really hates Sarah because she considers her a carbon copy of her father a man she barely remembers. Sarah should feel safe but does not. She harbors many fears and often awakens in a cold sweat or has terrible nightmares of a woman that was mutilated and hurt. Even her uncle cannot console her when Olivia is around. Every move she makes is criticized, shunned and ridiculed. Moving to Munday, Texas was supposed to give Sarah the feeling of security she deserved and taking the job as Chief of Police Henry thought would benefit the town and his family. But, Olivia was cold, mean and cruel. From the author of Bitter Memories comes Trophy Murders as Sarah’s story continues.



From the moment Sarah came to live with her uncle and aunt nothing changed just the location of where they lived. Although her uncle tried to create a nurturing and loving environment for Sarah, he did not succeed. Every step of the way Olivia set up roadblocks, found many reasons and excuses to beat Sarah and inflict pain and injury on her almost like she was taking some sadistic pleasure in doing it. When Sarah is forced to hold her hand on the way to school and wear the ugliest dress her aunt could find, she is ridiculed by her, slapped for no reason and then laughed at by the girls in her school. When some of them attack her and start calling her names, Sarah fights back. Although the Principal of the school understands her situation she cannot stop what happens next even though she tells her aunt she was just defending herself against a group of mean girls. Her aunt would not even listen when told she was not at fault and lashed out at her so brutally and cruelly that I could feel every smack, hit and lash she received. Child abuse is wrong and there is never a reason to hit anyone especially to the point where you might put him or her in the hospital. Yet, Olivia got away with her abuse even though Henry knew and saw what she did and the school did too. Why didn’t anyone stop her?


Henry Frye as Chief of Police could get called at any time. When he learns of the murder of two elderly people and sees the horrific things done to them he realizes this is just the tip of the iceberg and feels that more murders will follow. A gang has just moved into a big on the hill could it be just a coincidence that so many murders occurred and were they the ones responsible? A young boy is the next victim. Mutilated, sodomized, butchered and beaten, even Officer O’Malley did not want to face this again. Looking at the young boy who was once a happy young man, Henry sees something in the eyes of the child, which is more than frightening. Fear! Imagine knowing that you were going to be killed. But, this child was not the only one killed that day an elderly woman was murdered in the house too and her heart and liver removed. Trophy murders. Organs used as rewards or considered trophies for the killer’s to savor and keep as remembrances of their work. Then another murder and a possible witness but not before Olivia threatens Sarah again and this time the end result is much worse. When the Principal saw what she did to Sarah why didn’t she do something about it? Why let her go home to more of the same?


Another murder but this time more brutal and horrific as Henry allows the reader to learn about his lover Mona and when he arrives him seeing Sarah sets him on fire. What he finally says to Olivia and his confrontation hopefully will change things but nothing would soften the heart of stone and steel. Sarah feels alone and unwanted and because Olivia claims no one else wants and she believes her making it worse. As she recounts the beating and her family history to Miss Adams you can feel the relief in her voice yet the fear in her heart when she speaks of her aunt and her father. What would she do with this information? Legally she had to report the abuse. But, some punishments are more painful than a smack. Some are so vicious they play on your mind and you never forget them as Olivia verbally abuses and insults Sarah, Miss Adams wallows in her guilt and quandary over what to do and her Uncle Henry warns her to be careful. Every step of the way she suffers and the end does not seem to be near as she relates more about her father to Miss Adams and yet no one has done anything to stop her pain.


The body count was rising and the end did not seem in sight as Henry’s old police captain comes to see him. Discussing Sarah’s father and going to see him about a murder might clear up her dreams as the vision that is described is exactly what she sees in her nightmares. Added into the mix is Sarah’s desire to write a sci-fi story in order to escape Olivia and have something meaningful to do.


When Henry has to go out of town to check on Eli he reunites with Mona the one woman he really loves and needs. But, no matter how hard Sarah tries Olivia is steadfast in her ways and remains hardened to this precious child. But, Sarah is not the only one that has been victimized as we hear Mona’s voice and listen to her story we realize that she and Sarah just might have something in common and that Henry deserves more than Olivia can give.


When Henry visits Eli in prison the startling confessions and one revelation will definitely give you chills. Returning home he is greeted by more murders, the injury of a dear friend permanently in a coma and the death of three of the gang members. But, who is behind the killings of the elderly? Who is this new friend that Sarah made? What about the kills that were suspended for a month? What about Olivia and her threats?



A town riddled with crime and each person whose voice you hear besides Sarah’s consumed with his/her own grief, problems and reflections that no one sees the torment that one young girl or fear reflected in Sarah’s face. An uncle who loves her but needs to solve the horrific string of murders and who is dealing with his passion and feelings for another woman. One aunt so filled with hate and the fear of loving one young girl named Sarah who through it all is honest, straightforward and whose friendship anyone should value. Why don’t they? When the past comes flooding through and many truths come out what will the final result be for Sarah? Will anyone come to realize how special she is and how amazing she can be? Will the Trophy murders be solved? An ending so heartbreaking, horrific and frightening you know that there is much more before all is said and done. What happens to bring closure to some issues leave open wounds in others and much more pain. Will the author tell the rest at another time and will she bring back Sarah and her final chapter? One sad town filled with hate, unhappiness and sorrow and one young girl just fighting to be loved and seen. Trophy Murders: Trophies are to be displayed. Trophies are to be honored. Sarah Freedman was not anyone’s trophy so why did her aunt almost make her one. Told in a straightforward and graphic manner this book shares the inner most thoughts of the author, the characters, the mistakes of the educators and others who turned a somewhat blind eye to one young girl whose silent cries only wanted to be heard. This is a must read for all educators, administrators, doctors, nurses, pastors, adults and friends to know if you see something that is wrong Report it.


Fran Lewis: reviewer