Book Of The Day – Cold Open

by Greg on August 15, 2013

Today’s Book Of The Day is a Mystery by Greg Clarkin and it’s 50% off for a short time. Cold Open has a 4.0 star rating and is on sale for only $1.49 – save $1.50!

“This is my first San North book to read. I was delighted with it and can hardly wait for the next one. I love mysteries and this book rates at the top of my list of favorites.” Eloise – Amazon Reviewer

Cold Open
by Greg Clarkin
Rating: 4.0 Stars
Genre: Mystery
Price: $1.49


Visit Greg Clarkin’s blog

When the nation’s number one cable news anchor, turns up floating in the East River, the cops label it a suicide. But his gorgeous widow is convinced he was killed and carries a secret that proves it.

Now she has Sam North believing it. The story-hungry TV reporter starts nosing around and discovers what Jack Steele found out the hard way…asking questions can get you disturbing answers, maybe even killed.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

This is a fast-moving story, featuring engaging main characters. It’s an entertaining refresh of a familiar genre for digital-age readers. A must for fans of detective stories. It’s also nice to see the return of the hero-reporter.


Mr. Clarkin made good use of amusing repartee between the characters. The story is attention-keeping, the mystery isn’t solvable in the first chapter nor even in subsequent chapters, the characters have personality, the foul language is kept to a minimum and is rebuked by at least one character, and there are no sex scenes–salacious or otherwise. A great read. Thanks for making the effort to do it right.


Wonderful and fast paced. The constant banter is refreshing and puts humor in an ordinary mystery/thriller. Will be looking forward to more of Greg Clarkin’s books.


For readers who are irritated by constant typos and other such annoyances, there are none to speak of in this book. This book has been carefully edited and it shows. Cold Open is a great read that I highly recommend to anyone who likes smart dialogue and action that keeps moving, moving, moving.


Fast paced with crisp and witty repartee; this would make a better TV series than The Newsroom. Had my heart racing in a few sections; sense of pacing and throttling of the story arc was terrific. Great characters. Felt like I knew Sam and Freddie pretty well by the time it was over. Looking forward to the next one!

Get Cold Open here: Cold Open

About The Author

Hello, I’m Greg Clarkin. Thanks for visiting my author page.

I am a former print and TV reporter turned mystery writer. While reporting, I covered business news and worked for outlets as varied as the New York Post and CNN. My writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including the New York Times and Men’s Journal.

Cold Open, A Sam North Mystery is my first novel, and the first in what I envision to be a mystery series featuring cable news reporter Sam North. With a wisecracking reporter as the main character, Cold Open captures the feel of a newsroom and introduces readers to a cast of colorful characters. It draws on my years of experience as a reporter for CNN. It is available here on Amazon as an ebook.

So why a cable news reporter as the main character? Well, I wanted someone who asked questions for a living, and I figured I had a good sense of the job. And after twenty-some years of reporting, I had seen enough scandals and interviewed enough scoundrels to know I had the seeds for plenty of stories.

While I was a reporter at CNN, I covered CEOs and Wall Street, titans of industry and entrepreneurs. Before getting into TV, I was a print reporter. That included a stop at the New York Post. Spend any time at a tabloid, and you’re forever seeing the world in terms of catchy headlines.

Newsman Pens Mystery; Joins Self-Pub Club would be the one for this venture.

Reporting for the Post taught me about writing a lot, and writing on deadline. Reporting for CNN refined the writing even more. You learn all about economy of words when a producer tells you have exactly a minute and a half to explain a 500-point drop in the Dow, or the bursting of the housing bubble.

In addition to the Post and CNN, my work has also appeared in dozens of publications, including the New York Times, Men’s Journal and The Hollywood Reporter.

Today, I live along the Connecticut coast with my wife and three children. In the spring and summer, I can be found coaching baseball. In the fall and winter, basketball. Year round, I’m plotting the next Sam North mystery, and working on other writing projects.

I enjoy hearing from readers and encourage you to visit my blog,, for the very latest news on Sam as well as other original stories, and ways to contact me.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Greg Clarkin and ENT appreciate it.


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