R.G. Belsky


Author of the Clare Carlson and Gil Malloy crime fiction series and New York City journalist

R. G. Belsky is an author of crime fiction and a journalist in New York City. His newest mystery, The Last Scoop (Oceanview) is the third in a series featuring Clare Carlson, the news director for a New York City TV station. The first Clare Carlson book, Yesterday’s News (2018) won the David Award at Deadly Ink for Best Mystery of 2018 , was named Outstanding Crime/News Based Novel by Just Reviews in 2018, and was a Finalist for Best Mystery of 2018 in the Foreword INDIES Awards. Below the Fold, the second Clare Carlson mystery, was published in 2019.

Belsky previously wrote the Gil Malloy series — The Kennedy Connection, The Midnight Hour, Shooting for the Stars and Blonde Ice — about a newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News. His previous suspense/thriller novels include Loverboy and Playing Dead. He also currently writes under the pen name of Dana Perry. Belsky won the Claymore Award at Killer Nashville in 2016. He has finished several times as a Finalist for both the Silver Falchion and David Awards.

Belsky 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. He lives in New York City.

Learn more about Belsky on his website.


The Last Scoop (2020) 

Below the Fold (2019)

Yesterday’s News (2108)

Biggest literary influences:

Raymond Chandler, Robert B. Parker, Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly

Last book read:

The Night Fire by Michael Connelly

The book that changed your life:

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler. I had not really read (or thought about writing) mystery novels until I discovered this book. After reading Philip Marlowe, I was hooked! Became a mystery fan and a mystery author because of that. 

Your favorite literary character:

Philip Marlowe (see above). He set the standard for all the rest of us and our characters. 

Currently working on:

Beyond the Headlines — the fourth book in my Clare Carlson mystery series. 

Advice for aspiring authors:

Just write. Write what you want, write what you feel — but keep writing. I talk to a lot of people who talk about wanting to be authors. But the only way to be one is to sit down and write a damn book! Simple advice, but it works. 


Criminal Element Q&A

Interview with The Big Thrill

Interview with Suspense Magazine

Publisher’s Weekly review of The Last Scoop


“Belsky has a masterful talent for wordplay, one that holds you tight until all is revealed.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

“Even the savviest of readers will be gasping in awe at Belsky’s impressive storytelling skills.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author

“Heroine Clare Carlson is formidable, human and thoroughly authentic. R.G. Belsky knows his stuff.” —Meg Gardiner, best-selling author