ByDaniel Charles Rosson November 16, 2015
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Belsky's sample drew me into buying "The Kennedy Connection," and I'm glad I did. You take a chance with a writer new to you, putting your trust in his or her ability to pay off on your confidence. Belsky, and his alter ego Malloy, do not disappoint.
Two gripes: (1) When Malloy visits the Book Depository Museum looking for JFK details, he views and refers to the Zapruder "video," and later refers to it as a "tape." Certainly a reporter of Malloy's professed enthusiasm for JFK assassination lore knew that the Zapruder imagery was on 60s-grade 8 mm film; (2) By the last dozen pages or so, all the well-crafted mysteries were unraveled just a click too neatly. By then, though, you want Malloy to triumph, so my very small chagrin was trivial and evaporative.
The Malloy character grabbed me from the beginning. I love imperfect characters with glints of perfection, the rough-hewn heroes with something to prove and often no way to prove it. I'm a nascent novelist, but most of my civilian career was spent writing for magazines. The true-to-life depiction of Malloy (Yes, I know, R.G., fiction. You said that.) made me wish I had spent some of my writing career at a newspaper. I have high confidence that there are many Malloys out there. They are good men who only want to do the right thing—the write thing.
I hope they all get back with their spouses, too.
By the end, I was seeing this movie unspool in my head. I hope someone is working on the screenplay. If not, I'm available to collaborate.
Okay, excuse me. I gotta go buy the next one in this series now. You? Buy this book. Then buy the others, and tell your friends, too. If they like good stories, they will thank you later.