Martin Barlow was Clare Carlson’s first newspaper editor, a beloved mentor who inspired her career as a journalist. But, since retiring from his newspaper job, he had become a kind of pathetic figure—railing on about conspiracies, cover-ups, and other imaginary stories he was still working on. Clare had been too busy with her own career to pay much attention to him. When Martin Barlow is killed on the street one night during an apparent mugging attempt gone bad, it seems like he was just an old man whose time had come. But Clare—initially out of a sense of guilt for ignoring her old friend and then because of her own journalistic instincts—begins looking into his last story idea. As she digs deeper and deeper into his secret files, she uncovers shocking evidence of a serial killer worse than Son of Sam, Ted Bundy, or any of the other infamous names in history. This really is the biggest story of Martin Barlow’s career—and Clare’s, too—as she uncovers the path leading to the decades-long killer of at least twenty young women. All is not as it seems during Clare’s relentless search for this serial killer. Is she setting herself up to be his next victim?
As the synopsis states, Clare feels guilt when she learns that her mentor, Martin Barlow, has died. He had recently visited Clare telling her that he was working on a big story, even though he has retired. The police believe it was a random killing but knowing that he was working a case, she steps in. Was it a mugging? Or was it something to do with the information he was gathering?
With Clare’s innate journalistic drive to find the truth, she embarks on a journey using Martin’s notes. She soon finds out that the D.A. may be involved in corruption, the mob might be involved, and the biggest story is that a serial killer, of 30 years, may still be lurking. But how are all these connected? Could these facts also put her in jeopardy?.
This series is one of my all time favorites!!!
With each book, including this one, there are mysteries within mysteries. The writing so descriptive that I lose myself into the story, which allows me to create such vivid imagery as if I was there. The characters are realistic. The suspense continuous and steady throughout the book.
An engrossing read that held me captive! It was hard to put down! If real life hadn’t interfered, I am sure I would have finished this book in one day. A page-turner!!! And the ending? All I can say is WOW!! I was blindsided.
Now the hard part…waiting for the sequel!!!
Another phenomenal read by R.G. Belsky!!
Published by: Oceanview Publishing
Publication Date: May 5th 2020
Number of Pages: 368
ISBN: 1608093573 (ISBN13: 9781608093571)
Series: Clare Carlson #3
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R. G. Belsky is an author of crime fiction and a journalist in New York City. His newest mystery, Below The Fold, was published in May 2019 by Oceanview. It is the second in a series featuring Clare Carlson, the news director for a New York City TV station. The first Clare Carlson book, YESTERDAY’S NEWS, came out in 2018. It won the David Award at Deadly Ink for Best Mystery of 2018. Belsky previously wrote the Gil Malloy series – THE KENNEDY CONNECTION, SHOOTING FOR THE STARS AND BLONDE ICE – about a newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News. Belsky himself is a former managing editor at the Daily News and writes about the media from an extensive background in newspapers, magazines and TV/digital news. He has also been a top editor at the New York Post, Star magazine and NBC News. Belsky won the Claymore Award at Killer Nashville in 2016. He has finished several times as a Finalist for both the Silver Falchion and David Awards. YESTERDAY’S NEWS, was also named Outstanding Crime/News Based Novel by Just Reviews in 2018 and was a Finalist for Best Mystery of 2018 in the Foreword INDIES Awards. His previous suspense/thriller novels include LOVERBOY and PLAYING DEAD. Belsky lives in New York City.
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