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Shooting for the Stars

(Gil Malloy #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B00P4348GK.

Some thirty years ago, movie star Laura Marlowe was shot to death by a crazed fan in New York City, who then killed himself. The police ruled it a murder-suicide, the case was closed, and the beloved starlet faded away into history. But when New York Daily News reporter Gil Malloy re-investigates Marlowe’s death,
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Published August 11th 2015 by Atria Books
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Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review for Shooting for the Starts: A Gil Malloy novel by R.G. Belsky will be linked back here in the near future. Stay Tuned!
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder cold cases are notoriously difficult to solve, especially if the murder happened 30 years ago and the victim was a very popular movie star. Laura Marlowe was gunned down by a crazed fan who later committed suicide so case closed, right? Not so fast. Enter investigative journalist Gil Malloy in his second outing in this delightful series. The pieces of the puzzle do not fit as neatly for Gil, so he decides to take on this mystery and make those pieces fit.
What he uncovers will keep reader
Dec 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I must admit that this mystery pulled me in with lots of twists and turns and plenty of suspects like a good 4 or 5 star mystery, but I found myself pulled out of the story enough times to finally settle on 3 stars ("liked it"). Gil Malloy is a reporter hoping to break a big story about a 30 year old celebrity murder. Some of the informants/suspects seem to change personalities just as Gil thinks he is getting close to figuring out who was responsible for multiple murders over a course of 30 yea ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a captivating and remarkable novel. Gil Malloy, the hero, is a print reporter who has had better days. He is told by his editor to meet with a TV journalist who is doing a "big story" about the thirty year old murder of a movie star. The two of them become friends and shortly thereafter she is murdered. The tale involves the Hollywood of thirty years ago, Mafia kingpins, a cult similar to Manson's and a cast of interesting characters some of whom are quite sympathetic even when they sho ...more
Lelia Taylor
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There's something that really appeals to me about investigative journalists, maybe because I admire their unwavering drive to find the truth. That liking for nosy reporters ;-) carries over to the fictional types and I was glad to discover that Gil Malloy can be added to the roster of those I like to follow.

Gil is an interesting guy, really into what some would call snooping but what I call having a true enthusiasm for following one lead after another until the facts add up. He also has a burnin
Randall Christopher
Gil Malloy is quickly becoming one of my favorite literary characters, and Belsky one of my favorite authors. I have read each of the other books in the series, and none of them disappoint. I had won the first in a Goodreads giveaway, and consider myself considerably lucky, as I may have missed this tremendous series otherwise. The writing is superb and the plots are entirely engrossing. This one is about a modern tv personality who is investigating a 30 year Hollywood murder. Malloy becomes inv ...more
John Oswald
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gil Malloy is back and RG Belsky has done it again. "Shooting for the Stars" had me asking a lot of questions in the end, the mark of a great 'Whodunit' that doesn't necessarily wrap things up neatly like the old Sherlock Holmes and Charlie Chan mysteries. That's because Belsky's crotchety Daily News has-been has on his hands a 'WasItEvenDone.' Once Malloy believes he's on the trail of a potential blockbuster front-page story, the pitbull newsman that he is at his heart is unleashed on a 30-year ...more
Dianne Landry
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the series but there is no need to read the first one to enjoy it and enjoy it I did.

Gil Malloy is an old-fashioned print reporter working in a new world. Suddenly his new editor, a 20 something, technogeek assigns him to cover a story associated with a 20/20 style show. The anchor, a beautiful woman named Abbie, is doing a story on the murder of a famous movie star, Laura Marlowe, thirty years earlier. Toss in a crazy cult, some mobsters and an over-the-top stage moth
Randy Mahar
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Most avid readers,are always looking for a new author to follow. Well here he is. Why his books are not featured in the windows of B&N is beyond me. Good main character, someone you can relate to, believe in and want to follow where he goes. I am particularly enamored with the dry wit and sarcasm the character shows. Always a winner. The plot covers murders present and past, as well as story lines carefully crafted both past and present, with just enough 'real' history thrown in ...more
Jere Hester
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ink-and-scandal-stained newspaper reporter Gil Molloy can't seem to escape the past – his own or others'. Malloy, who first made a splash in R.G. Belsky's "The Kennedy Connection," delves into another chilling story of past and present colliding with deadly results in "Shooting for the Stars." Malloy finds himself unwillingly drawn to the seemingly long-solved 1980s slaying of a young superstar actress. Dizzying twists abound as Malloy unravels a tale intertwining the mob, a Manson-like cult, a ...more
Although this didn't hold my attention as well as the first book in the Gil Malloy series (The Kennedy Connection), I enjoyed it. Gil is still relentless in his pursuit of the truth. This time, he's investigating the long-ago death of a film star and manages to connect all the dots satisfactorily.
Alice Boni
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won "Shooting For The Stars" by R> G> Belsky free from a drawing on Goodreads. I loved it. The story grabbed my interest from the beginning, it had many twists and turns with very interesting characters. The story flowed at a good rate. Mr. Belsky is a very skilled writer. I plan to go back and read his other book "The Kennedy Connection" .Sincerely, Alice Boni
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a fun book.
i interviewed the author here:
Shannon E
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
definitely a different ending than I anticipated.
Kayla Anderson
I picked this up from the library and really enjoyed it. I like suspense without the gore, and I enjoyed the story line.
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good mystery, strong protagonist, twist at the end was a bit of a surprise. Liked how all of the characters came together at the end.
I missed a book in the series (The Midnight Hour) due to the fact it’s only available in Kindle and I refuse to purchase ebooks unless they’re perennial favorites of mine, but it didn’t affect my understanding or enjoyment of this book’s plot. Belsky is a master at little twists that seem to come out of nowhere without leaving the reader feeling like it’s totally out of left field.
John Roadman
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Another Great book in this series I'm really enjoying these Gil Malloy novels by R.G. Belsky.
Narmeen Shaban
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Exciting book, got me hocked from the first page!
G Robert
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
by G. Robert Frazier

One of the most common pieces of advice for authors is to write what you know.

R.G. Belsky knows journalism.

A former managing editor for and the New York Daily News, Belsky has used that career of skill sets to create a thoroughly authentic investigative reporter in Gil Malloy. In his second adventure, Shooting for the Stars (Atria, 2015), the tenacious and oft-times cynical Malloy is convinced the murder of a local television personality is intrinsically linked t
Tim Gray
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Got this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a novel that is both classy and classic. It combines a 'hard bitten' journalistic context, elements of noir & celebrity culture in an entertaining and engaging way. It's the sort of book I wouldn't always pick up - and that would have been my loss. Interesting characters, tight plotting and a 'satisfying' ending.
Greg Davies
Enjoyed this mystery, a lot going on in this tale, lots of characters. Gil who is a journalist, is working to solve current and age old crimes. He digs up a lot of dirt while doing this. It was a goo fast paced read.
Mary Piper
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is good for any young girl thinking of becoming a star. Not easy.
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Author of Yesterday's News (Oceanview - 2018) Blonde Ice (Atria - 2016; Shooting for the Stars (2015); and The Kennedy Connection (2014).

Former Managing Editor of

Worked as Managing Editor of NY Daily News; News Editor of Star magazine; Metropolitan Editor of NY Post.

Author of seven other mystery novels including Loverboy and Playing Dead - recently re-released in ebook and paperback by

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