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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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,284 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars let down by laziness? January 23, 2013
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The new mystery "Cold Crossover" nicely presents the feel and flavor of a particular corner of the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately for the reader the feel and flavor are of the 1980s, whereas the book is prominently set in 2005 (Each chapter begins with date and time). The mismatch between time and place so clang and clash throughout the book that the story fairly clunks along. In some places the mismatch only annoys, such as the "bulky word processors" newly installed on the desks of the Seattle "Tribune" newspaper, the everyday Datsun sedans, front wheel drive minivans as a subject of scorn, long and tangled telephone cords, Cher as the star of the hour, newfangled MRI technology. In other parts the mismatch frustrates the plotting. The prime example revolves around cell phones, or the lack thereof (heck, this story appears to pre-date fax machines. Also absent are iPods, internet, ATMs, DVDs, laptops, SUVs, coffeeshops, reality TV, among many). OK, it might make for a "character" to have the main man eschew a cell phone, but when almost the entire book focuses on the search for a missing 20-something washed-up basketball hero and no one--not even a national celebrity detective--thinks to locate or ping this guy's cell, it just doesn't work anymore. As the pages turn more and more people go missing, but never are cell records or locations sought. Instead there's lots of driving hither and thither to meet folks, seek clues, sample the local pastries (all this does the give the author, who clearly knows the area, nice opportunities to present yet more local flavor). Read more ›
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19 of 19 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Estate Maven's First Novel Is a Winner December 23, 2012
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hoping to get through it someday.... November 19, 2013
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I had a very difficult time reading his writing style and could not get 'into' the book the way I can any Cussler novel . I gave a neutral rating because that isn't really the authors fault. I bought this because of a 'local' connection but was disappointed that I couldn't read it.
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9 of 10 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
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay for a real estate guy April 3, 2013
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Kelly's promo on his radio show caught my attention. The story is rather engaging, however, the geographical references were distracting. As a 'local' I found myself trying to pinpoint locations.
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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Overall I did enjoy it. My only negative was that is was ...
Overall I did enjoy it. My only negative was that is was slow to build and it lagged in some spots.
Published 1 day ago by kellie7
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good flow, surprising details, comfortable read.
Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
only good if you follow basketball,tomuch repition.
Published 7 days ago by Martha
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read!
I liked the coach, realtor, and sleuth angle. The main character was busy just trying to keep up with his many jobs. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jerald Simmons
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much description, not enough mystery
A very rambling narrative chock full of local color and basketball. I found it difficult to follow all the sports enthusiasm and the idea that one missed basket could impact lives... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Joseph McKinney
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, sad
full of twists and turns. Funny, sad, wistful,hopeful, with a delightful twist at the end
Published 9 days ago by JUDY MONTOYA
3.0 out of 5 stars Read if you enjoy fiction basketball.
A well written novel that focuses too much on the history of the town and the one state basketball championship game. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Ray Storey
4.0 out of 5 stars Not so Cold
This story kept me guessing for a time. It was a good read. Mystery fans will find it gripping.
Published 9 days ago by Leslie R. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good book especially if you like sports.
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating mystery.
I enjoyed this book. Combining the past and the present cleverly, the book will keep your interest to the last page. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Barrie m
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More About the Author

Hovering Above a Homicide is the second book in Tom Kelly's Ernie Creekmore series featuring the adventures of legendary high school basketball coach turned real estate agent and amateur sleuth. The book finds Ernie trying to solve the murder of a "helicopter" parent whose body is discovered in a vacant home for sale.

The first book, Cold Crossover, introduces us to Ernie who gets word that his former start player--Linnbert "Cheese" Oliver--has gone missing from a late-night ferry boat.

Before launching into fiction, 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, 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, with Mitch Creekmore); Cashing In on a Second Home in Central America (Crabman Publishing, 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 20 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, where they back the runnin', gunnin' Bainbridge High Spartans when not wrestling with grandson Myles.

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