One of the most enjoyable parts of “China Bridges” is the juxtaposition of ancient Chinese art, scrolls and historical photographs with Ong’s beautiful photographs of bridges still in existence. A rubbing from the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25-220) shows chariots going across a bridge while on the opposing page, a scroll shows a similar structure from a painting from the 1600s. Readers will have a lesson in art and history as well as engineering.
The difference between justice and the truth can be miles apart as well as diametrically opposed to journalism ethics as Bruce DeSilva succinctly shows in his third solid novel featuring Liam Mulligan, a Providence, R.I., reporter.
“Providence Rag” is an unflinching look at how doing right thing can have dire reverberations. DeSilva’s other novels, including the Edgar-winning “Rogue Island,” have shown Mulligan secure in his career as an investigative reporter, an old-school newspaperman who thrives on the deadline pressure and the chase of a good story covering the nooks and crannies of his hometown, cultivating sources from various strata of society.