Every human life is supposed to be important. Everyone should matter. But that’s not the case in the cutthroat TV news-rating world where Clare Carlson works. Sex, money, and power sell. Only murder victims of the right social strata are considered worth covering. Not the murder of a “nobody.”
So, when the battered body of a homeless woman named Dora Gayle is found on the streets of New York City, her murder barely gets a mention in the media. But Clare―a TV news director who still has a reporter’s instincts―decides to dig deeper into the seemingly meaningless death. She uncovers mysterious links between Gayle and a number of wealthy and influential figures. There is a prominent female defense attorney; a scandal-ridden ex-congressman; a decorated NYPD detective; and―most shocking of all―a wealthy media mogul who owns the TV station where Clare works. Soon there are more murders, more victims, more questions. As the bodies pile up, Clare realizes that her job, her career, and maybe even her life are at stake as she chases after her biggest story ever.
I enjoyed this second novel in the series featuring an award winning journalist now TV news director. The style of the plot is police procedure but features an amateur sleuth. The construction of the plot is complex as a link must be found between the murders of a homeless woman and a high power investor. Clare, our amateur sleuth, methodically works on solving the mysteries and I was never confused as additional information was revealed. Clare is a well developed character having her own personal issues. Her dealing with those issues is woven into the plot, making for a good balance of plot and character developments. Belsky also does a good job of portraying the work of reporters and the atmosphere in the TV news structure, reflecting his own experiences in the news business.
This is a good novel for mystery lovers who enjoy working through a complex but well organized plot. There are a few twists near the end that wrap up the entire case. Belsky has also left us wanting to know what Clare's next move is as she takes a step into the past to find her future.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Mystery
Published by: Oceanview Publishing
Publication Date: May 2019
Number of Pages: 357
Series: Clare Carlson #2
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R. G. Belsky is an author of crime fiction and a journalist in New York City. His newest mystery, Below The Fold, is being published in May 2019 by Oceanview. It is the second in a series featuring Clare Carlson, the news director for a New York City TV station. The first Clare Carlson book, YESTERDAY'S NEWS, came out in 2018. Belsky previously wrote the Gil Malloy series - THE KENNECONNECTIONION, SHOOTING FOR THE STARS AND BLONDE ICE - about a newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News. Belsky himself is a former managing editor at the Daily News and writes about the media from an extensive background in newspapers, magazines and TV/digital news. He has also been a top editor at the New York Post, Star magazine and NBC News. Belsky won the Claymore Award at Killer Nashville in 2016. He has finished as a Finalist for both the Silver Falchion and David Awards. And his first Clare Carlson book, YESTERDAY’S NEWS, was named Outstanding Crime/News Based Novel by Just Reviews in 2018 and was a Finalist for Best Mystery of 2018 in the Foreword INDIES Awards. His previous suspense/thriller novels include LOVERBOY and PLAYING DEAD. Belsky lives in New York City.
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