Coming on May 4
BEYOND THE HEADLINES, A CLARE CARLSON MYSTERY
She was a mega-celebrity--
he was a billionaire
now he's dead-
she's in jail
“Enjoyable…Belsky, a New York City journalist, casts a searing light on a television newsroom and the never-ending pressure to capture headlines and ratings. Readers will hope capable, hard-driven Clare returns soon.” – Publishers Weekly
“This book has an excellent plot featuring fantastic characters that will hold your attention all the way through.” – Manhattan Book Review
Pace, plotting, characters, twists. This has them all…Can’t wait until the next Belsky book comes out.” – Men Reading Books
“Clare does what Clare does best—she relentlessly looks for the story behind the story, the truth that is beyond the headlines.” – Killer Nashville
She was a mega-celebrity—he was a billionaire businessman—now he's dead—she's in jail
Laurie Bateman was living the American dream. Since her arrival as an infant in the U.S. after the fall of Saigon, the pretty Vietnamese girl had gone on to become a supermodel, a successful actress, and, finally, the wife of one of the country's top corporate dealmakers. That dream has now turned into a nightmare when she is arrested for the murder of her wealthy husband.
New York City TV journalist Clare Carlson does an emotional jailhouse interview in which Bateman proclaims her innocence—and becomes a cause celebre for women's rights groups around the country.
At first sympathetic, then increasingly suspicious of Laurie Bateman and her story, Clare delves into a baffling mystery which has roots extending back nearly fifty years to the height of the Vietnam War.
Soon, there are more murders, more victims, and more questions as Clare struggles against dire evil forces to break the biggest story of her life.
THE LAST SCOOP - AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK MAY 11
“Captivating...readers will look forward to seeing more of doggedly determined Clare” - Publishers Weekly.
“Solidly plotted thriller with lots of inside info” - Booklist
“The Last Scoop is another sure fire success for author R.G. Belsky...” - New York Journal of Books
"Required Reading" - New York Post
“If you’re a fan of murder mysteries, then start this book which you won’t put down until the story is over.” - Men Reading Books
"Tightly crafted and plotted...Belsky writes with smooth precision and creates the kind of suspense that makes it hard not to peek into the next chapter" - BookTrib
“Fast-paced...entertaining” - Crime Fiction Lover website
"The Last Scoop is one heck of an adrenaline rush that is a must-read for the true diehard mystery junkies!" - Jersey Girl Book Reviews
Martin Barlow was Clare Carlson's first newspaper editor, a beloved mentor who inspired her career as a journalist. But, since retiring from his newspaper job, he had become a kind of pathetic figure—railing on about conspiracies, cover-ups, and other imaginary stories he was still working on. Clare had been too busy with her own career to pay much attention to him.
When Martin Barlow is killed on the street one night during an apparent mugging attempt gone bad, it seems like he was just an old man whose time had come.
But Clare—initially out of a sense of guilt for ignoring her old friend and then because of her own journalistic instincts—begins looking into his last story idea. As she digs deeper and deeper into his secret files, she uncovers shocking evidence of a serial killer worse than Son of Sam, Ted Bundy, or any of the other infamous names in history.
This really is the biggest story of Martin Barlow's career—and Clare's, too—as she uncovers the path leading to the decades-long killer of at least twenty young women. All is not as it seems during Clare's relentless search for this serial killer.
Is she setting herself up to be his next victim?
YESTERDAY'S NEWS - Clare Carlson Mystery #1
BELOW THE FOLD - Clare Carlson Mystery #2
DANA PERRY THRILLERS
I also write thrillers under the pen name of Dana Perry. A new one, HER OCEAN GRAVE, will be published by Bookouture on June 2.
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I'M A SILVER FALCHION WINNER FOR 2020 AT KILLER NASHVILLE
I won for Best Attending Author at Killer Nashville - which was great because the award is voted on by other authors. I also finished as a Finalist for Best Book - twice. As R.G. Belsky and also as Dana Perry.
My Book Events for 2021
Book events in 2021 so far are still mostly virtual - but hopefully we will be able to do some in-person stuff by summer. Here's my schedule at the moment for talking about BEYOND THE HEADLINES, the new Clare Carlson book.
DAVID AWARD WINNER