Praise for Shooting for the Stars: the new Gil Malloy mystery
"I was thoroughly hooked by Gil Malloy’s glibness and the intricate plot. Refreshing treat...Malloy is a terrific character." – Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author
"Completely entertaining. Belsky deserves the highest journalist accolade: this is a terrific story. And he nails the voice of his wonderfully authentic reporter Gil Malloy...tenacious, curious, hilarious, and endearing. Loved it." – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark award winner/TRUTH BE TOLD
"Smart, juicy sequel to 2014's The Kennedy Connection....Belsky keeps this highly satisfying mysery zipping along right up to the final twist." (Publishers Weekly)
“What shines brightest here is Belsky’s talent for keeping the pace steady and fast so that every round of inquiries produces more satisfyingly tawdry revelations.” (Kirkus)
“This wisecracking but suprisingly sensitive and self-aware crime solver will appear to fans of Robert Crais’ Elvis Cole novels and Harlan Coben’s early Myron Bolitar mysteries.” (Booklist)
"Readers are taken on a personal ride through the investigative process of journalism while also displaying his obvious contempt for the ‘new media’ that places more value on electronic hits than it does on The Story. I have an opening on my power rotation and am seriously considering elevating Belsky. Great story that I could’ve read in a single sitting. Malloy may be a deeply flawed character, but that’s part of what makes this a highly readable book." – Men Reading Books
"Shooting for the Stars takes readers on a wild ride from the high rises of Manhattan's ravenous media machine to the seedy underbelly of 1980s Hollywood and back. Veteran reporter Belsky has written a fast-paced, fun read with twists around every corner and an ending you will never see coming." – Julia Dahl, author of Invisible City and Run You Down
"Must read...a fast paced yarn from tabloid veteran Belsky." - NY Post
"Gil Malloy sucked me in from the first page with its engaging voice and the equally engaging and enigmatic woman at the heart of the story." - Barbara Peters, Poisoned Pen bookstore
"Belsky's prose is sinewy, compelling, and addictive as he reels the reader in a chapter at a time until one literally can't stop reading...we're hanging on for the ride, hardly able to put the book down so we can follow the hairpin twists...Belsky has scored another home run with Gil Malloy's newest adventure in the seamy underbelly of American crime." - Huffington Post
"Sensational! R.G. Belsky dazzles with his new mystery novel...Gil Malloy shines!"
---Killer Nashville, Book of he Day
"This is a complicated story with the past and the present connected in unsuspected ways...I like Mr. Belsky's main character who is quite human and has his own failings as well as skills." - Book Faerie
"Another nifty installment in the crime series featuring fictional New York Daily News reporter Gil Malloy" - NY Daily News
"Comical, shrewd and engaging, a truly enjoyable read." - Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, San Diego.
.......About Shooting for the Stars
Following up his “engrossing journalistic thriller” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) The Kennedy Connection, R. G. Belsky brings back New York City newspaper reporter Gil Malloy in a gripping new mystery about the closed-case murder of a Hollywood actress.
Some thirty years ago, movie star Laura Marlowe was shot to death by a crazed fan in New York City, who then killed himself. The police ruled it a murder-suicide, the case was closed, and the beloved starlet faded away into history. But when New York Daily News reporter Gil Malloy re-investigates Marlowe’s death, long-buried secrets emerge and he begins to uncover the trail of a new serial killer. And more people are dying. Now, before he can solve the current crimes, Gil must find out what really happened to Laura Marlowe all those years ago
About The Kennedy Connection
Half a century after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, someone is killing people on the streets of New York City and leaving behind a bizarre calling card of that tragic day in Dallas.
In this bold and entertaining thriller from a true media insider, discredited newspaper reporter Gil Malloy breaks the story of the link between seeming unconnected murders - a Kennedy half dollar found at each of the crime scenes. At the same time, a man emerges who claims to be the secret son of Lee Harvey Oswald and says he has new evidence that Oswald was innocent of the JFK killing.
Malloy, who has fallen from grace at the New York Daily News and sees this as an opportunity redeem himself as an ace reporter, is certain there is a connection between the Oswald revelations and the NYC murders, but first he has to get someone to believe him. Convinced that the answers go all the way back to the JFK assassination more than fifty years ago, Malloy soon uncovers long-buried secrets that put his own life in danger from powerful forces who fear he's getting too close to the truth.
Two tales of suspense fuse into an edge-of-your seat thriller as Malloy races to stop the killer—before it’s too late.
"A monstrous hurricane of conspiracy, lies and bodies..."The Kennedy Connection begs to be read from the first page to the last."
"Belsky has the newsman's gift.....he tells his story well."
About The Midnight Hour
"I was surprised by the ending – did not see it coming even though I was looking for the final twist. Malloy is a compelling and flawed character that the author makes believable."
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Shooting for the Stars.....
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THE KENNEDY CONNECTION - AND GIL MALLOY
"Engrossing Thriller...a Terrific Story"
---Kirkus starred review
"Deserves to be short-listed for the year end best of lists."
"Fascinating character study....a roller coaster ride that veers back to 1963 and forward to the present."
"Unexpectedly clever twists"
- Library Journal
"Must-read...a great tabloid yarn."
--New York Post
"Had me from the opening line..."
--Star Ledger of NJ
"I loved The Kennedy Connection!
--- Jan Burke
"Gil Malloy for President!
- Donald Bain
"This is a very clever murder mystery...could not put it down."
--Men Reading Books
"A monstrous hurricane of conspiracy, lies and bodies...begs to be read from the first page to the last."
"Intriguing...will appeal to those who just can't leave the grassy knoll alone.
"If you love your mysteries with a historical references, and a modern twist, you are gonna love this page turner!"
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- Bill Reynolds/Providence Journal
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