Beyond The Headlines
by R.G. Belsky
May 1-31, 2021 Tour
She was a mega-celebrity—he was a billionaire businessman—now he’s dead—she’s in jail
Laurie Bateman was living the American dream. Since her arrival as an infant in the U.S. after the fall of Saigon, the pretty Vietnamese girl had gone on to become a supermodel, a successful actress, and, finally, the wife of one of the country’s top corporate dealmakers. That dream has now turned into a nightmare when she is arrested for the murder of her wealthy husband.
New York City TV journalist Clare Carlson does an emotional jailhouse interview in which Bateman proclaims her innocence—and becomes a cause celebre for women’s rights groups around the country.
At first sympathetic, then increasingly suspicious of Laurie Bateman and her story, Clare delves into a baffling mystery which has roots extending back nearly fifty years to the height of the Vietnam War.
Soon, there are more murders, more victims, and more questions as Clare struggles against dire evil forces to break the biggest story of her life.
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Published by: Oceanview Publishing
Publication Date: May 4th 2021
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN: 160809409X (ISBN13: 9781608094097)
Series: The Clare Carlson Mystery Series, 4 (This can be read as a stand alone mystery.)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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GUEST POST: writing in the covid era, by r.g. belsky
Sure, Covid has changed our lives dramatically over the past year – with most Americans working from home instead of going into an office or workplace every day. But that shouldn’t affect a mystery author like me, should it? I mean we authors just stay home and write all day anyway, right?
Well, not actually.
In fact, the pandemic has drastically changed my writing routine – and everything else about my life as an author.
My new mystery BEYOND THE HEADLINES came out this month, the fourth in a series about a woman TV journalist named Clare Carlson in New York City. In this one, Clare investigates a celebrity crime murder and a long-ago killing during the Vietnam war to solve the case.
BEYOND THE HEADLINES is my 17th mystery novel, but everything about it has been so much different than my earlier books. Let me explain:
- I’ve never written my books sitting at home. Too many temptations there – TV,
kitchen, bed, etc. So I write in a lot of other places. I go to an office called The Writers Room in New York City. I write at coffee shops, bars, on park benches, at the beach and even on the subway. Not able to do that much because of Covid. So – like so many other Americans – I’ve had to learn to work from home.
- I like to do first-hand research on the places and things I write about. If I have a crime
scene in Central Park, I walk through that area of the park. I’ll eat dinner at a restaurant where I talk about Clare having dinner in the book. If I write about a beach on the Jersey shore that Clare visits, I drive to a Jersey shore town to check it out. Now I have to read about all the details of a location on the internet. Not the same.
- The lifeline of an author like me is meeting the readers who buy my book. Shaking
their hands, signing books for them, listening to what they have to say about my character and my story. Except there haven’t been any in-person book events in the past year. I have done numerous virtual events – and those can be interesting. But nothing on Zoom matches the experience of seeing a line of readers waiting for me to sign a book for them. Hopefully, I can do that again one day soon.
- In addition to readers, I miss the personal interaction with other authors. Mystery
writers have a community of our own, and we meet – and exchange ideas and information – regularly at the big mystery conferences like Bouchercon and ThrillerFest and Malice Domestic and Killer Nashville and others. All of these were cancelled last year, and some are still doing virtual event sessions this summer. Sigh.
- Obviously, it’s also harder for people to buy my books these days. Not the ebooks,
which are easily available on Amazon and other online platforms. But BEYOND THE HEADLINES – like my previous book last year – is a hardcover with a terrific cover image from the publisher at Oceanview. So many bookstores are still closed or limiting traffic in their stores that’s its harder to get the print copy in the hands of the reader. Ah, remember the great days of browsing through titles in a bookstore!
One other thing: A question I have been asked a number of times is whether I plan to
write about Covid and the pandemic and masks and vaccines and all the rest of it in my books. My answer is: No, I do not want to do that.
1) Events are moving so rapidly here and around the world that whatever I wrote would almost certainly be outdated by the time my book came out a year later.
2) I think that people read fiction, especially mystery fiction, to escape from real life problems. I know I personally do no want to see Covid stories in books that I read or TV shows and movies that I watch.
I’m pretty sure most of my readers feel the same way.
R. G. Belsky is an author of crime fiction and a journalist in New York City.
His new mystery, BEYOND THE HEADLINES, will be published in May 2021. It is the fourth in a series featuring Clare Carlson, the news director for a New York City TV station – and follows THE LAST SCOOP, published in 2020. The first Clare Carlson book, YESTERDAY’S NEWS, won the David Award at Deadly Ink for Best Mystery of 2018. The second Clare Carlson book, BELOW THE FOLD, was named Best Mystery 0f 2019 in the Foreword INDIES Awards.
He also is the author of two thrillers written under the pen name of Dana Perry – THE SILENT VICTIM (2019), THE GOLDEN GIRL (June, 2020) and HER OCEAN GRAVE (June 2021 – Bookouture).
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.
His previous suspense/thriller novels include LOVERBOY and PLAYING DEAD. Belsky lives in New York City.
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