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Cold Open, A Sam North Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Greg Clarkin
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,491 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 34 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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7 of 7 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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15 of 18 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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5 of 5 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read March 8, 2013
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Fast paced and keeps you guessing. Recommend for anyone looking for an excellent mystery. Enjoyed it throughly will definitely give Greg Clarkin another try.
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4 of 4 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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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! April 23, 2012
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If you want to get a feel for the world of a cable TV Cold Open. Witty, tense and dead on. A worthwhile read and a page-turning mystery.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for quick read March 14, 2013
By A. Hand
Format:Kindle Edition
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exciting to the end of the book.
Published 21 days ago by Carol Jean MacLean
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story. Well written.
A well executed plot. Lots of action and suspense with just enough humor and sarcasm to make it extremely entertaining.
Published 27 days ago by Joan Z
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut Novel
I got this book for free on a website that lists all free kindle books daily. I would definitely have paid to read this novel. For a debut, I thought it was excellent. Read more
Published 28 days ago by CLM
4.0 out of 5 stars surprise ending!
The main character is a class A smart ass that is motivated by his need for the truth! He has a lot of interesting allies and very cunning foes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by joy
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading
This is a run-of-the-mill detective story, BUT with a change - employing a TV Reporter as the detective. I found it enjoyable with exciting spots along the way. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Don
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book!
The editing was a big distraction from reading. It takes away from the great storyline. Hopefully this will not become an issue with digital books!
Published 7 months ago by LAURA
5.0 out of 5 stars I read this book a year ago. I'm still thinking about it!
Well I read Cold Open a year ago and I'm still thinking about it. I really liked it. I don't think it is some amazing piece of literature, but it's a great book to pass time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dana
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder Meats Media .
Clarkin's novel COLD OPEN is a mystery that takes the reader into the world of media and mayhem . His hero, a T V journalist ,finds himself trying to solve the mystery of the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by terry ewing
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book
I really liked this book. Good plot, Good charaters, and an overall good story. I liked the ending and would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by mike69101
4.0 out of 5 stars Investigative reporter works a few hunches and finds quite a story
As a former news professional, the title caught my eye. I really enjoyed the story and it rang true to how cutthroat the news business can be. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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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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