- File Size: 746 KB
- Print Length: 347 pages
- Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (July 18, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 18, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007VFP390
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Cold Open, A Sam North Mystery Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
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, GregClarkin.com, for the very latest news on Sam as well as other original stories, and ways to contact me.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great concept, great story, fast paced, and credible. My only criticism is that the slapstick dialogue is overdone and undermines the work. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pat Mullan
This book told an excellent who done it story. I especially like that it had minimal sex and bad language and kept me guessind til the end.Published 3 months ago by Kathy Pulley
this had me on the edge of my seat. the only reason I put the book down was I had to get some sleepPublished 3 months ago by nory_castillo
Well written who dun it with great story full of plot twists, complications, snappy dialog, realistic resolution. Highly recommend it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by nana99
I liked Sam's persistence to get the truth in the face of jeopardizing his job and putting himself in danger. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lillian Ammann (Lillie)
I enjoyed reading Cold Open. Author Greg put together a most fascinating story. Sam North is a TV reporter who gets involved with a murder. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bruce E. Derylo
This book is a great read. It kept by attention, it was suspenseful, and the ending was something I didn't expect. Good job all aroundPublished 6 months ago by Shirley Marshall
If you want a good mystery,one you don't want to stop reading.Then you're going to like this book.a well written and easy to read.Published 6 months ago by Robert Mitchell