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Length: 347 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • 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
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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, GregClarkin.com, for the very latest news on Sam as well as other original stories, and ways to contact me.

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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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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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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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By S. Baker on 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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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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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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By A Jones on January 22, 2013
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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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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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