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The Kennedy Connection: A Gil Malloy Novel (The Gil Malloy Series) Paperback – August 12, 2014
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"The characters were so deftly drawn, and the story kept me turning the pages. Gil Malloy for President!" (Donald Bain, bestselling author of the MURDER SHE WROTE mystery series and the MARGARET TRUMAN CAPITAL CRIME series)
"Shrewd doses of competition, conspiracy and corruption fuel this intriguing media thriller linking a murder nobody cares about with America's most controversial assassination. Gil Malloy is a fresh take on the classic downtrodden reporter." (Julie Kramer, national bestelling author of Delivering Death)
“R.G. Belsky's thought-provoking thriller, The Kennedy Connection, introduces us to a smart, witty, and human hero whose quest to find answers about two crimes — one famous, one all but unnoticed — is loaded with tension and full of unexpected twists and turns. I loved The Kennedy Connection, and can't wait for the next Gil Malloy novel.” (Jan Burke)
"If you like your heroes a bit flawed, your mysteries a bit untidy, and your dialog entirely hilarious, you’ll love R.G. Belsky’s The Kennedy Connection. In Gil Malloy, Belsky has created a character that you’ll want to spend time with. I’m already looking forward to the next Gil Malloy story.” (Matthew Klein, author of No Way Back)
An engrossing journalistic thriller inspired by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.Two murders occur in different parts of New York City. The tenuous connection between them is the discovery of the uncommon Kennedy half dollar coin at both scenes. Police make little of it, but disgraced Daily News reporter Gil Malloy thinks it odd. Is a JFK-obsessed serial killer making a statement around the 50th anniversary of the president’s murder? Malloy has already ruined his own reputation with a big prostitution story he seems to have fabricated, but “maybe we do get second chances in life,” as he speculates. Lucky to still have a job, he persuades his editor that the Kennedy connection is worth pursuing. Meanwhile, a young man dies of a heart attack 15 years after being shot in the spine by an unknown assailant. Malloy promises the victim’s mother he will investigate her son’s shooting, but dazzled by the prospect of a journalistic coup, he spends all his time on the JFK case. He receives a Kennedy half dollar in the mail at his newsroom, and colleagues think he might have fabricated this detail to support yet another bogus story. A manuscript about the JFK assassination turns up, written by a previously unknown son of Lee Harvey Oswald. Malloy soon wonders whether Oswald, said to have been a mediocre marksman, could have been the lone gunman. Malloy and others face dire threats as he digs for the truth and displays his true character. Will this story blow up in his face as the hooker tale did? Author Belsky once worked at the Daily News and delivers a fast-moving and well-plotted yarn with twists the reader probably won’t see coming. They're mostly bad news for Malloy, but that’s good news for the reader. The truth about that awful day in November 1963 may never be known, but it’s provided grist for a terrific story. (Kirkus, starred review)
New York reporter Gil Malloy has been publicly disgraced by the taint of a fabricated source (think Jayson Blair), but he still holds a position at the paper. Unexpectedly, his former literary agent pitches him a wild story; she knows a man who claims to be Lee Harvey Oswald's son and has proof that his father didn't assassinate President John F. Kennedy. Malloy shrugs this off, instead opting to help Roberto Santiago, an old police detective friend who is convinced that a long-ago shooting case was a police cover-up. Santiago dies shortly after in a hit-and-run accident, and Malloy gets distracted by a more glamorous case. A photographer named Shawn Kennedy has been murdered, with a Kennedy half-dollar left next to her body. A second killing occurs, and another Kennedy half-dollar is left on the scene. Suddenly, knowing more about Oswald Jr. becomes imperative. Muscling his way into the spotlight, Malloy fails to see key clues connecting his two stories. Meanwhile, the body count increases. VERDICT Belsky's (Playing Dead) quick read has unexpectedly clever twists, perfect for the conspiracy-oriented reader. The first-person narrative keeps the tone personal. (Library Journal)
A disgraced reporter tries to turn his career around with a story that could solve the 50-year-old assassination of JFK. A literary agent tells reporter Gil Malloy about a man who claims to be the illegitimate son of Lee Harvey Oswald. The man believes he has a solid alibi for his father on November 22, 1963. While Malloy tries to prove the man’s claims, a murderer is running amok in Manhattan, leaving his victims with Kennedy half-dollars by their bodies. Are the killings related to the events of the past? Belsky’s tale adds another intriguing alternative interpretation of the Kennedy assassination and will appeal to those who just can’t leave the grassy knoll alone. (Jeff Ayers, Booklist)
If you are intrigued by the Kennedy assassination and love a bold thriller, this book is for you. Gil Malloy, once the best journalist at The New York Daily News, has been disgraced by botched-up coverage of a big story. With his integrity questioned by everyone he knows, he now fights to prove that three recent murders are connected by the appearance of a Kennedy half-dollar at each crime scene. At the same time, a man claiming to be the secret son of Lee Harvey Oswald breaks his silence on the fiftieth anniversary of Kennedy assassination. Gil is on the fast track to redeem himself when it all threatens to fall apart again. Can he find the real executioner and find the truth about the events that occurred in Dallas fifty years ago? The edge-of-your-seat suspense continues to the unexpected climax. Very entertaining. (Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, San Diego)
"Veteran newspaperman Belsky — a former metro editor at The Post — spins a great tabloid yarn that not only puts a serial killer on the front page, but also has flawed reporter Gil Malloy trying to solve the mystery of JFK’s assassination." (New York Post)
"THE KENNEDY CONNECTION is a surprise, to say the least. Veteran newspaper and television journalist R. G. Belsky returns to the mystery shelves after an extended absence with a new character in the form of Gil Malloy and a new novel in which all of the gears mesh together so nicely that what might have been a merely competent work becomes a title that deserves to be shortlisted for the year-end best-of lists. Yes, it is that good." (BookReporter.com)
"Extremely well-written tale of good vs. evil." (Holly Cara Price Huffington Post)
The Kennedy Connection begs to be finished from the first page to the last. Be prepared to stay at home all day with this book in hand!” (Briana Goodchild, reviewer, Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference)
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Use your imagination and click on the WHAT IF? brain cells...that will open you up to the ideas in the KENNEDY CONNECTION. Gil Malloy is a great journalist but is on the slow ride down to nowhere. Caught between a kind of honor- bound duty investigation, and flash and fame, he makes the obviois choice. Intrigued? Go ahead and give it a whirl.
I loved it really...ever hear of Harlan Coban? Grit, reality, consequences, and hope....
I love that kind of writing and i feel like we have another author ready to snag you in and stay for duration!
So why four stars instead of five? I guess I've been reading this genre (and writing it) for long enough where errors--minor as they tend to be--- stand out. The average reader might not pick them out, but I did (20 years on the NYPD helps). Malloy's ex, Susan, who works in the legal profession, should know the difference between a burglary and a robbery and a murder victim's bank accounts are frozen thereby not allowing a bad guy to loot said account via an ATM. Lying to a cop can't get you arrested (lying to a fed can). Ortiz, a suspect in a murder, was never arrested as indicated numerous times; he was questioned and released. Large quantities of drugs are never stored on a precinct level, they're immediately secured with the borough Property Clerk.
There were other issues, easily corrected, but you get the picture.
I think this series is destined for a loyal following which will be well deserved, but as the readership increases, mistakes, either procedural or plotted, will be realized by more readers. A good editor and a former or active cop assisting with the technical end, particularly since the stories will be based in New York City, would be a plus.
Jay Fitzpatrick, Author of Fear Itself
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't know what to expect when I picked up a copy of Dick Belsky's The Kennedy Connection, but by the time I finished reading it I was sure glad I did. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles Salzberg
I thought the story was believable with the mixing of facts with fiction. The main character was honest about his faults and didn't try to make himself look like the superhero or... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Debbie Korte
Very different plot. I think the word Kennedy made me think it might be a different story.Published 3 months ago by Sandra Heflin
Great mystery full of flawed characters, centered around the New York Daily News. The main character is a discredited reporter, and the central mystery is his chance to redeem... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matt Saunders
Mediocre essay about a bad cop. Not much intrigue, not much suspense. Gil is going to have to get a lot better for me to read any more of his books.Published 6 months ago by Bull Gator
4.5* When journalist Gil Malloy was on top of the world with his reporting skills he did one thing he never wanted to do; lose his integrity. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Frances
Wow a great mystery and although I am not at all opposed to sex and violence and murder in a book (well sex in life too), this had and needed none of it to succeed. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Richard A Decker
This book still raises questions to which we will never know the answers. It is really two threads of stories which both are good.Published 8 months ago by TNYankee