Eyes of the Innocent by Brad Parks
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Carter Ross, the sometimes-dashing investigative reporter for the Newark Eagle-Examiner, is back, and reporting on the latest tragedy to befall Newark, New Jersey, a fast-moving house fire that kills two boys.

With the help of the paper's newest intern, a bubbly blonde known as "Sweet Thang," Carter finds the victims' mother, Akilah Harris, who spins a tale of woe about a mortgage rate reset that forced her to work two jobs and leave her young boys without child care. Carter turns in a front-page feature, but soon discovers Akilah isn't what she seems. And neither is the fire.

When Newark councilman Windy Byers is reported missing, it launches Carter into the sordid world of urban house-flipping and Jersey-style political corruption. With his usual mix of humor, compassion, and street smarts, Carter is soon calling on some of his friends--gay Cuban sidekick Tommy Hernandez, T-shirt-selling buddy Tee Jamison, and on-and-off girlfriend Tina Thompson--for help in tracking down the shadowy figure behind it all.

Brad Parks's debut, Faces of the Gone, won the Shamus Award and Nero Award for Best American Mystery. It was heralded as an engaging mix of Harlan Coben and Janet Evanovich. Now Parks solidifies his place as one of the brightest new talents in crime fiction with this authentic, entertaining thriller.


About Brad Parks

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Brad Parks is the first author to win both the Shamus Award and the Nero Award for Best American Mystery for his debut Faces of the Gone. A former reporter for The Washington Post and The Star-Ledger, he is the author of two previous novels, mostly recently Eyes of the Innocent. He lives in Viriginia.
Published February 1, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 303 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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He parts his hair carefully, wears neatly ironed shirts, unfailingly white or blue, and is seldom seen without his tie knotted in the half-Windsor that’s become his signature.

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After a house fire kills two young brothers in a rundown Newark, N.J., neighborhood, Carter Ross of the Newark Eagle-Examiner gets the word to write yet another story about the dangers of space heaters in Parks's enjoyable second mystery featuring the street-smart investigative reporter (after 20...

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As is demonstrated in one scene in particular, Lauren is strongly attracted to Ross, while Ross is a decent and admirable guy who bucks what now passes for conventional wisdom.

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Although I preferred the first book, I did enjoy EYES quite a bit and am look forward to seeing where Parks will take Carter in the third book of the series, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR.

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Set in contemporary Newark, the story opens on a tragic note as two little boys, left alone while their single mother works a second job at night, perish in a house fire.

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Brad Parks and his investigative-reporter alter ego, Carter Ross, are back, tearing up the mean streets of Newark, New Jersey, in a secondhand Chevy Malibu with its odometer-ic integrity but a distant memory.

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