Fast-paced, thoroughly satisfying... Carter Ross is not only a first-rate investigative reporter; he's also a first-rate comic. It's a rare mystery that provides a good laugh on almost every page. One can only hope that Brad Parks has more mysteries for Carter Ross to solve in future books. (The [Newark] Star-Ledger on Eyes of the Innocent)
Eyes of the Innocent is the complete package. With wonderful prose, witty observations, and a relentless drive, this book held me hostage until the last page. Well done, Brad Parks! (Michael Connelly on Eyes of the Innocent)
Impressive debut... Carter's fresh voice, his willingness to be entertained balanced by honest sympathy and some sharp editorializing, is the book's considerable strength. The action, including a string of bombings, is brisk; the villain's identity is elusive; and the settings (from the projects to National Drug Bureau offices) ring true. How could this be better? (Houston Chronicle on Faces of the Gone)
Brad Parks [has] delivered a first-rate crime thriller.... Faces of the Gone is gritty and hard-boiled, but with a sly sense of humor. This strong and confident debut is sure to make an appearance on many 'best of' and awards lists. Parks is a bright new talent whom readers will hopefully be able to enjoy for years to come. (Chicago Sun-Times on Faces of the Gone)
Commanding, entertaining... Parks, former reporter at the Star-Ledger in Newark, shows he's made the transition to becoming a novelist with this impressive debut. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Faces of the Gone)
About the Author
Brad Parks is the first author to win both the Shamus Award and the Nero Award for Best American Mystery for his debut novel, Faces of the Gone. A former reporter for The Washington Post and The [Newark] Star-Ledger, he lives in Virginia, and The Girl Next Door is his third novel.