I will be attending Bouchercon from November 13-16 in Long Beach, California. Bouchercon is the Annual World Mystery Conference for authors, publishers, agents and fans.
Updated back cover of The Kennedy Connection with full preview quote from Jimmy Breslin (the original had gotten truncated). Thanks to Richard Esposito for helping me get this
I will be reading from The Kennedy Connection at a Mystery Writers of America event on the night of August 12 at KGB Bar in NYC's East Village. More details to follow...
Wrote this piece for NBC local sites about my long ago O.J. book.....http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/sports/OJ-Simpson-Legacy-Biographer-20th-Anniversary-Bronco-Chase-Juice-Football-Superstar-Belsky-263304151.html
It was 20 years ago this week that O.J. Simpson's ex-wife Nicole was murdered - followed by the famous Bronco chase and all the rest. But back in 1977 yours truly wrote this O.J. bio that described him as America's biggest hero. Okay, c'mon.....who knew?
The Kennedy Connection , my mystery suspense thriller featuring a New York City newspaper reporter named Gil Malloy, is two months away. Publication date from Atria of August 12. Second in the Gil Malloy series is an ebook out in February 2015. And I just finished the third Gil Malloy novel and sent off to my agent. That book should come out sometime later in 2015. More updates to follow...
Of all the questions about the JFK assassination, one of the most intriguing to me is raised by author Anthony Summers: Why were there only four bullets found with the rifle? in his book Not In Your Lifetime (the best book on the subject I've ever read). Summers writes:
"Few have disputed the fact that three used cartridge cases were found near the famous sixth floor window, and one live round in the breech of the rifle. Rarely, however, has anyone raised the troublesome fact that ONLY those were found - anywhere."
Summers points out that not a single spare bullet was found on Oswald, at his rooming house or his belongings at the house where he was staying with his wife.
He also says that investigators could find only two stores in the Dallas area where someone could buy ammunition for the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle that Oswald supposedly used to shoot Kennedy. Also, they discovered, that such ammunition is sold in hundreds or dozens of bullets, not by the handful.
'The conventional account of the assassination thus assumes improbably that Oswald had previously exhausted his supply of ammunition - all save the four bullets accounted for at the Book Depository," Summers writes. "It suggests too that he set off to shoot the President of the United States confident that he would use only those bullets that day."
It's kinda hard not to at least speculate that they might have been planted there to frame Oswald, huh?
R.G. Belsky is an author of crime fiction and a journalist in New York City. His new suspense thriller, BLONDE ICE, was published by Atria in 2016. It follows THE KENNEDY CONNECTION in 2014 and SHOOTING FOR THE STARS in 2015. They are part of a series of books featuring Gil Malloy, a hard-driving newspaper reporter with a penchant for breaking big stories on the front page of 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. At the Daily News, he also held the titles of metropolitan editor and deputy national editor. Before that, he was metropolitan editor of the New York Post and news editor at Star magazine. Belsky was most recently the managing editor for news at NBCNews.com – where he worked closely with Nightly News with Brian Williams, the Today show and oversaw all digital news content on the NBCNews website. His previous suspense novels include PLAYING DEAD and LOVERBOY.