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Cold Crossover (Ernie Creekmore) [Kindle Edition]

Tom Kelly
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Book Description

Linnbert "Cheese" Oliver, hard-luck high school basketball hero in the Northwest town of North Fork, is missing on a late-night ferry. And for real estate agent Ernie Creekmore, his father figure, friend and former coach, the news hits hard. Ernie's suffered too much loss and pain in his life — his wife, a state basketball championship, a mysterious medical malady — and he just can't accept the idea that Cheese might have taken his own life. Working with sheriff's detective Harvey Johnston, Ernie uses his contacts in real estate and hoops to trace Cheese's movements. Meanwhile, hints at possible foul play turn up in pieces of North Fork's rough-and-tumble history in fishing, logging and railroading, and the past and the present violently collide in a series of heart-stopping moments that peel back layers of greed, secrets and twisted family ties that refuse to stay buried.


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"Cold Crossover is a riveting mystery based on the drama of small-town high school basketball, complete with the missed shot no local will ever forget. Along the way, Tom Kelly takes the reader from the Northwest’s wild frontier days to its equally crazy present as a real-estate mecca. Kelly weaves the ferries, crabbers, and timber-men of his region into a timeless and page-turning tale."
Jim Ragsdale, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"A long-time coach goes on a search for the best player he ever had in a mystery that will keep you reading deep into the roots of its Pacific Northwest setting."
Danny O’Neil, Seattle Times

"Award-winning real estate writer Tom Kelly makes a terrific transition into fiction, offering a small-town hero as the center of a big-time story. Kelly clearly knows his territory, including the energy and emotions surrounding a state high-school basketball tournament. A successful merging of past and present, Cold Crossover catches some colorful characters along the way to its captivating climax."
Alan J. Heavens, Philadelphia Inquirer

About the Author

Cold Crossover is Tom Kelly’s first step into fiction and the first of the Ernie Creekmore series. The second book in the series, Hovering Above a Homicide, will be released in Spring, 2013.

Tom served The Seattle Times readers for 20 years, first as a sportswriter and later as real estate reporter, columnist and editor. His weekly features now appear in a variety of newspapers including the Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Portland Oregonian, Louisville Courier-Journal, Tacoma News Tribune and Spokane Spokesman-Review plus hundreds of websites.

His ground-breaking book How a Second Home Can Be Your Best Investment (McGraw-Hill, written with economist John Tuccillo) showed consumers and professionals how one additional piece of real estate could serve as an investment, recreation and retirement property over time.

His other books include Real Estate Boomers and Beyond: Exploring the Costs, Choices and Changes of Your Next Move (Dearborn-Kaplan); The New Reverse Mortgage Formula (John Wiley & Sons); Cashing In on a Second Home in Mexico (Crabman Publishing, written with Mitch Creekmore), Cashing In on a Second Home in Central America (Crabman Publishing, written with Mitch Creekmore and Jeff Hornberger), and Bargains Beyond the Border (Crabman Publishing).

Tom’s award-winning radio show “Real Estate Today” has aired for 19 years on KIRO, the CBS affiliate in Seattle. The program also has been syndicated in 40 domestic markets and to 450 stations in 160 foreign countries via Armed Forces Radio.

Tom and his wife, Jodi, Dean of the Humanities College at Seattle University, have four children and live on Bainbridge Island, WA.

Product Details

  • File Size: 606 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Crabman Publishing; 1 edition (November 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AE0BVXG
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Estate Maven's First Novel Is a Winner December 23, 2012
Format:Paperback
When a town is as obsessed with winning the state basketball championship as is the fictional Washington state community of North Fork, the outcome can be tragic, as Tom Kelly graphically demonstrates in his debut mystery, "Cold Crossover".

"Cold Crossover" is the first of a series featuring Ernie Creekmore, is a mystery/thriller that combines the colorful history of Skagit County, north of Seattle and including several islands in Puget Sound, with present day real estate realities. Once the state's premier small community basketball coach, with 19 years on the job -- whose team almost won the 2000 state title -- five years after his star player missed a shot and lost the title, Creekmore is one of several agents selling vacation properties and year-round residences, mostly in the Lake Wilhelmina area of the county. (Don't look for these places on any map; they're fictional. I'm guessing North Fork is a stand-in for Mount Vernon, the real county seat of Skagit County).

Linnbert "Cheese" Oliver, hard-luck high school basketball hero, is missing on a late-night ferry. And for real estate agent Creekmore, his father figure, friend, and former coach, the news hits hard. Ernie's suffered too much loss and pain in his life--his wife, a state basketball championship, and to top it all off, a mysterious medical condition that may or may not be life threatening --and he just can't accept the idea that Cheese might have taken his own life.

Working with sheriff's detective Harvey Johnston, Ernie uses his contacts in real estate and hoops to trace Cheese's movements.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kelly's first effort in fiction is a must read November 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Award-winning real estate writer Tom Kelly makes a terrific transition into
fiction, offering a small-town hero as the center of a big-time story. Kelly
clearly knows his territory, including the energy and emotions surrounding a
state high-school basketball tournament. A successful merging of past and
present, Cold Crossover catches some colorful characters along the way to
its captivating climax.

-- Alan J. Heavens, Philadelphia Inquirer
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Kelly grabs you and doesn't let go. December 19, 2012
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It IS the Pacific Northwest. Kelly is a story-teller with detail, color and characters you know, or wish you knew. Terrific!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold Crossover December 8, 2012
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Tom Kelly has made the crossover to fiction writer with a well written tale set in the Pacific North West. He weaves a mystery that catches one at the beginning and holds to the final buzzer. Anyone who enjoys the area, basketball or just loves a great tale will find this book enjoyable. He brings out personal connections in the reader stirring memories from one's past that will bring smiles and reflection throughout the novel.

No I am not a relative, there were a lot of Irish Kelly horse thieves sent to America.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hoops Mystery November 29, 2012
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Cold Crossover is a riveting mystery based on the drama of small-town high school basketball, complete with the missed shot no local will ever forget.
Along the way, Tom Kelly takes the reader from the Northwest's wild frontier days to its equally crazy present as a real-estate mecca. Kelly weaves the
ferries, crabbers, and timber-men of his region into a timeless and page-turning tale.
--Jim Ragsdale, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overdone obsession December 28, 2012
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The situation was interesting but the weaving of present day and historical events was confusing. This is a difficult thing to do and I found myself frequently going back to remember character and family names from the past. I am not a sports fan and found it difficult to believe that a single basketball game from five years earlier affected so many events in the present but perhaps that's just me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Northwest themes December 25, 2012
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I will recommend this book to my friends. It is an interesting mystery that is fun to read and has many recognizable NW people, places and things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read December 19, 2012
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Kelly combines suspense and small Washington state town historical context. For a first time novel its fantastic and an easy read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!!!
Great read and a book you don't want to put down. Very well written and captivating.
Published 16 days ago by John Yandell
4.0 out of 5 stars Character Driven Mystery
Ernie Creekmore was well known for his nineteen years as the head basketball coach for the local high school in the north Washington state community of North Fork, near scenic Lake... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kerry L. Reis
3.0 out of 5 stars Hoping to get through it someday....
I had a very difficult time reading his writing style and could not get 'into' the book the way I can any Cussler novel . Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! An artist is born!
Tom Kelly writes with a paint brush! His descriptive style brings the whole Northwest to life. He skillfully paints scenes that are so vivid that you actually feel as if you are... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Big fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Many small details hit the spot for locals of "North Fork"
I just finished reading Cold Crossover and really enjoyed reading the book. It was a great story and the characters seemed human and real to me. Read more
Published 14 months ago by North Fork Insider
5.0 out of 5 stars Infectious affection for his people and places
Plainly the author loves the Northwest and loves his characters and their enthusiasms. This love is catching, so even if real estate and basketball (and even ferry boats and old... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Arthur L Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars A good story, an excellent storyteller
Tom Kelly was a first-rate sportswriter, someone who could capture an event accurately and with plenty of color to make it interesting. He might be an even better author. Read more
Published 17 months ago by An interested observer
4.0 out of 5 stars Eager to read the next one
The first thing I did after finishing "Cold Crossover" was to check if the next book in the series was out yet. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Molly Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Kelly's Cold Crossover
Tom Kelly is a well-known writer of books on real estate and home finance, but this first attempt at fiction shows the work of a real professional. Read more
Published 17 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
This was a phenomenal book. Incredible story line and I cannot wait for the next book. Tom Kelly nailed it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tim Olsen
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Cold Crossover is Tom Kelly's first step into fiction and the first of the Ernie Creekmore series. The second book in the series, Hovering Above a Homicide, will be released in Spring, 2013.

Tom served The Seattle Times readers for 20 years, first as a sportswriter and later as real estate reporter, columnist and editor. His weekly features now appear in a variety of newspapers including the Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Portland Oregonian, Louisville Courier-Journal, Tacoma News Tribune and Spokane Spokesman-Review plus hundreds of websites.

His ground-breaking book How a Second Home Can Be Your Best Investment (McGraw-Hill, written with economist John Tuccillo) showed consumers and professionals how one additional piece of real estate could serve as an investment, recreation and retirement property over time.

His other books include Real Estate Boomers and Beyond: Exploring the Costs, Choices and Changes of Your Next Move (Dearborn-Kaplan); The New Reverse Mortgage Formula (John Wiley & Sons); Cashing In on a Second Home in Mexico (Crabman Publishing, written with Mitch Creekmore), Cashing In on a Second Home in Central America (Crabman Publishing, written with Mitch Creekmore and Jeff Hornberger), and Bargains Beyond the Border (Crabman Publishing).

Tom's award-winning radio show "Real Estate Today" has aired for 19 years on KIRO, the CBS affiliate in Seattle. The program also has been syndicated in 40 domestic markets and to 450 stations in 160 foreign countries via Armed Forces Radio.

Tom and his wife, Jodi, Dean of the Humanities College at Seattle University, have four children and live on Bainbridge Island, WA.

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