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Cold Open, A Sam North Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Greg Clarkin
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"COLD OPEN is red hot when it comes to action. A terrific book with plenty of inventive twists and turns. And who could write it better than this? A real reporter, Greg Clarkin sums up the electricity and crackle of a newsroom with a deadly twist. COLD OPEN is great entertainment." -Kitty Pilgrim, former CNN correspondent and author of The Stolen Chalice and The Explorer's Code

"Check out COLD OPEN...a thrilling mystery." -Ali Velshi, CNN anchor

When the nation’s number one cable news anchor, turns up floating in the East River, the cops label it a suicide. But his gorgeous widow is convinced he was killed and carries a secret that proves it.

Now she has Sam North believing it. The story-hungry TV reporter starts nosing around and discovers what Jack Steele found out the hard way...asking questions can get you disturbing answers, maybe even killed.

Product Details

  • File Size: 465 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (July 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VFP390
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clean enjoyable mystery December 31, 2012
By Sy Lee
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This author reminds me of Linwood Barclay whose main character is also a reporter with a sense of humor.

Mr. Clarkin made good use of amusing repartee between the characters. The story is attention-keeping, the mystery isn't solvable in the first chapter nor even in subsequent chapters, the characters have personality, the foul language is kept to a minimum and is rebuked by at least one character, and there are no sex scenes--salacious or otherwise.

A great read. Thanks for making the effort to do it right.
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Robert Parker, he's not December 21, 2012
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Sorry, I just couldn't get past the first few chapters. I'm a huge Robert Parker fan and felt this was a very dim shadow of Parker's Spenser books. The snappy, sarcastic dialog tried too hard, the characters weren't all that appealing and it just fell flat.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for quick read March 14, 2013
By A. Hand
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Makes for a pretty snappy action-mystery book, much in the same genre as many of Robert Crais' books, though with a television reporter as the action man instead of a cop.

It seemed that more of the text is devoted to sarcastic dialog and narrating the routes traveled by car or across lanes of traffic than is spent really developing the twisted connections, plot, or actual substantive character development. Much of the pithy dialog felt like an effort to emulate Crais' dialog, but it felt more forced.

More could have been done to setup the main character and tell us how ans why he's able to pull off some of the physical feats or leverage some of his connections, particularly if this is the opening of a series.

But criticism aside, it is a perfectly good read and kept me occupied during my commute. And I'm likely to pick up another.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok April 21, 2013
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Interesting enough to finish but formulaic enough to know where it was all going. Not sure that the tv reporter persona was captured quite right. The usual misspellings expected of a free self-pub work (you v your quite a few times). The main character could've stopped being a smart --- for just a little while and would've been more likeable.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-moving and entertaining August 19, 2012
By Bob V.
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This is a fast-moving story, featuring engaging (and fast-talking) main characters. It's an entertaining refresh of a familiar genre for digital-age readers. A must for fans of detective stories. It's also nice to see the return of the hero-reporter.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read January 7, 2013
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This book was very easy to read but it seemed like they left out a lot of words. All in all a decent story if you don't expect too much.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent January 22, 2013
By A Jones
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Some of the dialogue is a little cheesy and seems to be trying to hard. It's decent though, passes the time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting characters, good plot premise, but slooow read September 19, 2013
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The characters were basically interesting, but the smart-alec dialog became a bit cloying at times. The plot premise was interesting, the action at the climax was well done. But overall, the plot moved very slowly. In several cases readers were given way too much information about inconsequentials. I was glad when I finished it, and not terribly surprised by the ending.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel. Well-written and edited.
I really enjoyed the story and didn't realize that it was a first novel until I got to the end and looked for more books. Read more
Published 9 days ago by New Mexico Consumer
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done mystery
I enjoyed this book and felt it was well written. As I had limited time to read, it took me several months on my return commute.
Published 24 days ago by Murray J Jacobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i enjoyed the banter back and forth between the characters
Published 26 days ago by Alice Ferraro
2.0 out of 5 stars Gave it a good shot, deleted off kindle
Didn't do it for me whatso ever. Gave it a good shot, deleted off kindle.
Published 1 month ago by Lucy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I've read better. I've read worse.
Published 1 month ago by Larry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!
Published 1 month ago by Johny now
3.0 out of 5 stars A Critical Thinking Mind at it's Best
Great and Funny dialog between the characters and a good story. Well thought out plot.
Published 1 month ago by Sue Boland
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I liked this book and I like books that aren't 100% serious and have some funny lines and sarcasm but this book had too much, every conversation was nothing but sarcasm.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Good story about a regular guy, with intelligence, commonsense, and some muscle. All believable, nothing over the top. Good movie material. 4 star.
Published 1 month ago by john c
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm ready for the next Sam North mystery and I'm looking at my watch...
Well written, fast moving, interesting plot. I don't know how many times I chuckled over the repartee between North and the other characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fred H. Hassett
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More About the Author

Hello, I'm Greg Clarkin. Thanks for visiting my author page.

I am a former print and TV reporter turned mystery writer. While reporting, I covered business news and worked for outlets as varied as the New York Post and CNN. My writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including the New York Times and Men's Journal.

Cold Open, A Sam North Mystery is my first novel, and the first in what I envision to be a mystery series featuring cable news reporter Sam North. With a wisecracking reporter as the main character, Cold Open captures the feel of a newsroom and introduces readers to a cast of colorful characters. It draws on my years of experience as a reporter for CNN. It is available here on Amazon as an ebook.

So why a cable news reporter as the main character? Well, I wanted someone who asked questions for a living, and I figured I had a good sense of the job. And after twenty-some years of reporting, I had seen enough scandals and interviewed enough scoundrels to know I had the seeds for plenty of stories.

While I was a reporter at CNN, I covered CEOs and Wall Street, titans of industry and entrepreneurs. Before getting into TV, I was a print reporter. That included a stop at the New York Post. Spend any time at a tabloid, and you're forever seeing the world in terms of catchy headlines.

Newsman Pens Mystery; Joins Self-Pub Club would be the one for this venture.

Reporting for the Post taught me about writing a lot, and writing on deadline. Reporting for CNN refined the writing even more. You learn all about economy of words when a producer tells you have exactly a minute and a half to explain a 500-point drop in the Dow, or the bursting of the housing bubble.

In addition to the Post and CNN, my work has also appeared in dozens of publications, including the New York Times, Men's Journal and The Hollywood Reporter.

Today, I live along the Connecticut coast with my wife and three children. In the spring and summer, I can be found coaching baseball. In the fall and winter, basketball. Year round, I'm plotting the next Sam North mystery, and working on other writing projects.

I enjoy hearing from readers and encourage you to visit my blog,, for the very latest news on Sam as well as other original stories, and ways to contact me.

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