Below the Fold
Every human life is supposed to be important. Everyone should matter. But that’s not the case in the cutthroat TV news-rating world where Clare Carlson works. Sex, money, and power sell. Only murder victims of the right social strata are considered worth covering. Not the murder of a “nobody.”
So, when the battered body of ...more
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Meet Clare Carlson. She has 3 failed marriages, uncertain about her role as a mother, and her personal life is in constant confusion. She's also a terrific reporter, having won the Pulitzer Prize some years ago. She is now a TV News Director.
BELOW THE FOLD -- ‘below the fold’ was coined when there was an actual physical fold in the middle of the newspaper. ‘Above the fold’ was anything on the top half, and ‘below the fold’ was anything underneath. The content that was deemed less important was t ...more
The story begins with the "below the fold" (news that do not get top play on the front page or TV coverage) murder case of fifty-four year old homeless woman Dora Gayle. Clare wants to find out the real s ...more
The prologue tantalizes and tempts readers. “She was always smarter than anyone else. She believed that right up until … ‘My God, I’m going to die,’ she thought as the ...more
I am always a bit skeptical when I start reading the second book in a series, when the first book, in this case, YESTERDAY’S NEWS, blew me away. Did BELOW THE FOLD stand up to the comparison?
Clare Carlson, news executive at Channel 10 news and former Pulitzer Prize winner for a missing child that she covered when she was a journalist, decides that the murder of a homeless woman, Dora Gayle, would be an item on the evening news, even though it fell below the fold. What she didn’t see comin ...more
Thank you Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review such a hidden gem.
Belsky’s at the top of his game with this one, deftly reversing field with one surprise after another. Just about the time you think you have him cornered and the mystery solved -- boom, another magic spin move of words that leave you grabbing air and rushing to catch up.
You really ...more
Little does she realize that the coverage of that murder will lead to a much bigger story down the line. When a high powered Wall Street attorney is found murdered, there's list of names near the body including Dora's. But how would a homeless woman have anythi ...more
The next new flashy story was the ...more
"Below the Fold" is the latest release by author Dick (R.G.) Belsky, a newsroom veteran and crime writer, and the second book in his Clare Carlson Mysteries series which is set in the fast-paced and cut-throat TV News industry.
Just like the first instalment, "Yesterday's News", "Below the Fold" is character driven. The first person narrative gives us a retrospective view of events through the eyes of its protagonist, Clare Carlson, taking us through the painstaking an ...more
Clare runs a live ...more
I chose a Basset Hound fo ...more
Two women from completely different social economic backgrounds are murdered. What is the connection? I enjoyed following the narrative as the author followed clues back in time and was still surprised at who the murdered was way the end. Nicely done.
As a former journalist and a fan of mysteries I’m a bit biased in favor of books about the news media written by current and former journalists. I thought I should mention that as I introduce an interview about the latest book by R.G. Belsky, Below The Fold.
That said, R.G.’s books would be great reads even if they were not based in the world he knows best, the news media.
As the book begins one of the news reporters wants to go against the grain and do a news pi ...more
In Below the Fold (Oceanview), the murder scene of a young, wealthy stockbroker, Grace Mancuso, groups five individuals that do not seem to be related in any way. One of the people on this list, Dora Gayle, is a homeless woman who was killed days before. Also, included on the list are Emily Lehrman, a former public defender turned attorney r ...more
Former Managing Editor of NBCNews.com
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.