- File Size: 749 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: #510,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cold Open, A Sam North Mystery Kindle Edition
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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.
Sam has to consider the career he is barely holding on to and his surprisingly open relationship with Liz, an investment banker. He tells her everything and bounces ideas off of her because she is a warm and intelligent woman. She agrees with him that he should give it a go, because his gut tells him he is on to something. When things get dangerous, he knows she is right and when shots are fired, he asks Liz about her wishes. Sam is a cool guy who knows when to listen to other people and when to forge ahead.
This is a series I am going to make time to read. Sam is old to be going back to being an investigative journalist. It is a huge risk to his future employment, because he is on to something dangerous and a lot of important people are PO'd at him. He has a laid back, corny sense of humor I fell in love with and this is a surprisingly good mystery. The characters are interesting and fully developed and the story moves quickly once he decides he is on to something. Liz is a wonderful girlfriend and does not call him off when he offers to quit to protect her. She is mature and confident. I am going to try more books in this series.
I also read his bio after reading it and it explained a lot of what seemed real to me. Of course as a non-news type, I have no background to which I can compare. Clarkin's history of news and Cable news really adds a lot.
The Sam North character is funny and the dialog made me laugh.
There seemed to be a little plot weakness in that the man character, North, kept wanting to go on air with a story and so little nailed down. Those instances set up other plot lines but it seems especially weak given Mr. Clarkin's background. As far as this criticism goes, I am not a reporter. Consider the source.
All that said, it was still a great book and a page turner. I am looking forward to another Sam North book.
My advice is, if you have a partner, don't read this late at night or else you're likely to wake her or him up. Some of the dialogue is truly laugh-out-loud funny with a side of smirk, because Sam North and his friends have a knack for coming right out and saying things that most of us just keep to ourselves.
As for the killer, even when Clarkin was painting a big ol' picture on the wall, I still couldn't see it until the last minute. My only quibble with the book is the "get it off my chest" explanation by the killer. Clarkin could have worked that information into the story by another means.
For readers (like me) who are irritated by constant typos and other such annoyances, there are none to speak of in this book. There might be a missing word or two, but this book has been carefully edited and it shows. Cold Open is a great read that I highly recommend to anyone who likes smart dialogue and action that keeps moving, moving, moving.