At Mysterious Bookshop on Warren Street in Lower Manhattan today signing copies of Shooting for the Stars.
Fun night reading from my new book Shooting for the Stars at the MWA-NY reading series at KGB Bar last night, Saturday August 15. And great listening to the works of the other authors on the sked: Sheila York, Angel Luis Colón, Rachel Gallagher, Rob Hart and Shizuka Otake
I’ve spent a lot of years as a tabloid journalist. I was metropolitan editor of The New York Post. News editor of Star magazine. And managing editor of the New York Daily News. My new suspense thriller Shooting for the Stars is about a tabloid journalist too–it’s the second in the Gil Malloy series about a Daily News reporter who breaks big front page stories. The Gil Malloy books are fiction, but I draw heavily on my own media background for them. Here are some of my real-life adventures in journalism.
Marilyn Monroe. John Lennon. Whitney Houston. Natalie Wood. Princess Diana. Many of our most famous celebrities have died leaving questions behind about what really happened during their last hours.
My new thriller SHOOTING FROM THE STARS is about the murder of a legendary movie star named Laura Marlowe. And I draw on some of the mysteries still surrounding the real-life deaths of John Lennon, Sharon Tate and others to tell the story in my novel.
Here are 10 famous celebrity deaths that we still don’t have all the answers for:
I’m a tabloid journalist and I write mystery novels. So people rarely ask me where I come up with the ideas for my books. They just assume I get them from the sensational stories I’ve covered in the newsroom. Well, there is some truth I guess to the “ripped from the headlines” formula for writing crime fiction – first made popular by the TV show “Law and Order.” But it’s really not that easy to come up with a good mystery.
I’ve never met O.J. Simpson. But I feel like I’ve known him all my life. All three O.J.s. The beloved football superstar of the ‘70s. The accused murderer from the Trial of the Century in the 90s. And the O.J. who sits in a jail cell in Nevada today.
My new suspense thriller, SHOOTING FOR THE STARS (Atria – August 11), is about a celebrity crime. I tell the story of a tabloid newspaper reporter named Gil Malloy who links the long-ago murder of a legendary Hollywood movie star to a series of present-day celebrity killings. I draw on a number of real-life celebrity murders – most notably John Lennon and Sharon Tate – in my fictional story.
But it also brings back memories of the most amazing celebrity crime case I ever covered as a journalist – the murders of O.J. ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
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.