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Below the Fold

(Clare Carlson #2)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  44 reviews
When the murder of a “nobody” triggers an avalanche.

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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Oceanview Publishing
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Linda Strong

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
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
The second book in R.G. Belskey's Clare Carlson series. Clare is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist managing a TV news station, and decides to run a "below the fold" story (of lesser importance) about the killing of a homeless woman in an ATM vestibule. This is followed by the vicious beating death of a female sociopath, who is part of a financial scandal and who cut a deal with the Feds, making her a target for many. Left at the scene of the crime is a list of people, including the homeless wo ...more
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May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Below The Fold” by R. G. Belsky, is the second in the Clare Carlson Mystery” series. Some events from book one were left unsettled, but the details are included as part of the current narrative, and the past storyline is seamlessly entwined with the current story. Every reader, both new and old, will enjoy this media-based story.

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
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Below The Fold, the second book in the Clare Carlson Mystery Series, author R.G. Belsky weaves a riveting mystery tale that easily draws the reader in as New York Channel 10 News Director Clare Carlson investigates the connection between two murder cases that involve high profile New Yorkers.

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
Robert Dunn
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clare Carlson is a character that gets under your skin. Not always in the best way. She's not exactly loveable but she is compelling. She can't let things go. It's a great quality for a reporter and for a mystery character. News that is below the fold is the news that won't sell the paper. Body of a homeless woman found, that's below the fold. Until Clare Carlson, News Director for a television station follows her instincts. She is right. The small story becomes her next BIG STORY as it entangle ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
5 stars
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
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clare starts an investigating a murder of someone everyone ignores and will never remember. The subsequent story of the next murder leads Clare, her newsroom and the reader on a path that no one saw coming. The reader does not need to have read the previous book in the series to follow this story and be absolutely riveted. Can't wait to read the next story in this journalist's journey to the truth.

Thank you Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review such a hidden gem.
Jim Nesbitt
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dick Belsky is the Gayle Sayers of the sudden plot twist, a master of the literary limp leg, hip fake and juke as he takes readers on a juddering broken-field run with his latest Clare Carlson mystery, Below The Fold.

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
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The second Clare Carlson mystery finds the intrepid TV news director-slash-investigative journalist breaking some of the truisms of TV news coverage when she ends up doing a deep dive on a homeless woman that was murdered named Dora Gayle.

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
James McCrone
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every human life is supposed to be important. R. G. Belsky’s latest Clare Carlson mystery, Below the Fold, begins with the death of “a nobody,” the kind of news that falls “below the fold.” Carlson is a veteran TV news reporter, and she knows all about the deaths that matter...and those that don’t.

But Carlson—a TV news director who still has a reporter’s instincts—decides to dig deeper into this seemingly meaningless death. She uncovers mysterious links between the murdered “nobody” and a number
Kathy Martin
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clare Carlson is a TV News Director. She was a Pulitzer Award winning journalist before she got her job. One day, when planning the evening news, it was decided to pay some attention to the death of a homeless woman who was murdered by an ATM machine. Usually, that kind of story is firmly "below the fold" but Clare and her crew decide to spotlight it. Dora Gayle got her fifteen minutes of fame and then everyone thought they'd move on to the next new flashy story.

The next new flashy story was the
Cy Wyss
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Below the Fold is one of those rare books that grips you from the beginning and doesn’t let go. I’ve read a lot lately that had an enthralling beginning, and I wouldn’t say Below the Fold’s beginning is all that necessary, but once the writing started in chapter one, I couldn’t put it down. Belsky’s style is like a reporter’s: no-nonsense and compelling. I might have been able to guess he was a journalist, even if I hadn’t been party to his brief bio on the PICT website.

I chose a Basset Hound fo
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
After discussing the stories that will lead the evening newscast on New York City’s Channel 10, Maggie Lang proposes doing a human interest piece on the murder of a homeless woman, Dora Gayle, a story that falls “below the fold”. A few days later, the high profile murder of Grace Mancuso, a stockbroker who took a plea deal to testify against colleagues in a financial scam, is the news lead everywhere. Ex-husband and police detective Sam calls Clare Carlson, Channel 10 News Director, to give her ...more
Clare O'Beara
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The title comes from a newspaper term, in the days of fold-up big newspapers, and even though this book is set in a TV news firm and pretty modern, the studio still isn't up to date online and tweeting - hard to keep up when year by year the telcoms world gets faster.

A female news editor picks up the story of a homeless woman found dead on the streets -while this is tragic it's not unusual for New York. But that brief story gets linked to some big names and those people include the owner of the
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars (I liked it a lot)

"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
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This is my review of the audio version as posted on Audible:

It's my first book by R. G. Belsky and I'll have to read or listen to more to find out whether I truly like this author or not...

'Below the Folds' is a book that intrigued and irritated me at the same time, for many reasons. I'll mention the most important ones here only (and there may be some spoilers...)

Pros, then, first: the idea for the plot is good. The murder of a homeless woman, for whom seemingly no-one cares, ignites a chain o
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is former newsman Dick Belsky’s second crime story featuring Pulitzer-Prize winning print journalist Clare Carlson, now significantly reduced in career status by working as the news director for Channel 10 television. Clare has a wittily cynical, self-deprecating take on her job and the events and people around her, and the novel begins with her musing on why some deaths—those of blonde white females—matter more than others, at least in the news business. Most of the time.
Clare runs a live
Ruthie Jones
Below the Fold by R.G. Belsky starts off with a murder, and the fast-paced action never stops. Every life is important, until it is time to broadcast the daily news. Murdered homeless people rarely make the top news slot, but when Channel 10 News Director Clare Carlson agrees to run a story about a woman murdered while sleeping in a bank vestibule, she gets more than she bargained for. The victim is Dora Gayle, seemingly just one of many living and dying on the streets. But nothing is ever as it ...more
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"Every investigation has a life of it's own."
Meet Dora Gayle, who called herself Cinderella, the homeless daughter of alcoholic parents. Her future had once seemed promising but something happened when she left university and she, too, started drinking, lost everything including, just recently, her life. She was murdered, just another dead street nobody, hardly worth .entjoning. Except one time journalist, Clare Carlson, now news executive to Channel 10's Inside Scoop, saw
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this second novel in the series featuring an award winning journalist now TV news director. The style of the plot is police procedure but features an amateur sleuth. The construction of the plot is complex as a link must be found between the murders of a homeless woman and a high power investor. Clare, our amateur sleuth, methodically works on solving the mysteries and I was never confused as additional information was revealed. Clare is a well developed character having her own person ...more
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the first book!

There is nothing more exciting when reading a series than to have each book get better and better. This is definitely the case with Below the Fold.

The two things I loved most about this book: the plot and the journalism insights. The plot had even more twists that were incredibly compelling and really pushed me to keep reading because I couldn’t wait to see how it all turned out!! And we really get to see some of the inner workings of how TV journalism is run. I h
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to win a Kindle copy of Below the Fold in a Goodreads giveaway, as I enjoyed Yesterday's News, the first Clare Carlson mystery in this series. The author is an experienced journalist so his portrayal of the newsroom is realistic.
Familiar characters and a few loose ends from Yesterday's News turn up in Below the Fold.
When Clare decides to cover the death of a homeless woman on a slow news day, she has no idea it will set in motion several high-profile murders and a scavenger hunt to
Linda Thorne
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was very enjoyable. The first book in the series was good, but in a way, I think I enjoyed Below the Fold a tiny bit more. The twists and turns just didn't stop right up until the end. I honestly thought I'd figured it out several times and then there would be another big turn that I'd never have guessed. Not in a million years. As usual, the news director, Clare Carlson, was good at figuring out what was happening in a mystery. But in the end, even she missed something big. Actually, this ...more
Kathleen Gray
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clare, who won a Pulitzer as a reporter but who is now a news director, is craving some action so opts to put her team on the death of Dora, a homeless woman. Then, however, her ex- husband Sam calls to give her tip that Grace, a high flying stockbroker, who was murdered, was found with a note and a list of five names, one of which was....>Dora's. How do these two connect? This one takes Clare through the corridors of power (including her own media corporation) and there are, of course more murd ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Goodreads. All opinions are my own.

This is the second book in the Clare Carlson series. I loved it. I now have to get the first book then wait for the third in the series. 😀

A scandalized Sentor, a Billionaire, a Criminal Lawyer, a Homicide Detective, a Homeless lady, what do they all have to do with a murdered Financial advisor? Clara is a news director for a NYC station. She decides the station will report on a dead homeless lady not knowing the events that will follo
Patricia Zashkoff
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful twisty thriller! This is my favorite kind of book. It is about a news director for Channel 10 News. She used to be a investigative reporter who won a Pulitzer for a story on a missing girl. She has not lost her investigative instincts and decides to delve into the murder of a homeless woman. Ordinarily this would not be a great news story because the stories that sell involve beautiful people or rich people or politicians gone bad. Another murder takes place involving a beautifu ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I was gifted this book with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.

Below the Fold is the second book in the Clare Carlson series. I have not read the first book or any other books written by R.G. Belsky before. I also usually like the main character in the books I am reading. Not this time but that didn't stop me from liking the book. The narration was done by Chris Kenworthy and he does a wonderful job. The story has many twists and turns and keeps you on your toes.
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
The second book in the Clare Carlson series. Clare is a journalist working for a TV news station. When a homeless woman is killed, Clare suspects there's more to the story. She pursues the investigation.

Clare is an intriguing protagonist. She's intelligent, hardworking, and flawed. In this book, she gets involved with a case that seems unimportant, but leads to a deeper and more complex mystery. An enjoyable read. Good for fans of crime mysteries featuring a journalist.
Deb Pines
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick fun read

Clare Carlson’s latest investigation starts with a great setup — a list of five apparently unrelated names at a grisly New York City murder scene. Solving the crime, Clare, a TV news editor, takes many twists and turns, some plausible, others less so. No matter what, I loved Clare and the author’s obvious intimate knowledge of newsrooms and New York.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic story in this series which I really hope continues. Clare is very real and flawed but a strong woman who does what she has to for a news story while trying to make each person a human being and not just a name on TV.
I did figure out who the killer is but I absolutely takes nothing away from the book.
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