The Good Cop by Brad Parks
A Mystery (Carter Ross Mysteries)

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As long as Newark Eagle-Examiner reporter Carter Ross turns in his stories on deadline, no one bats an eye if he doesn’t wander into the newsroom until 10 or 11 in the morning. So it’s an unpleasant surprise when he’s awakened at 8:38 a.m. by a phone call from his boss, telling him a local policeman was killed and to get the story. Shaking himself awake, Carter heads off to interview the cop’s widow. And then he gets another call: the story’s off, the cop committed suicide.

But Carter can’t understand why a man with a job he loved, a beautiful wife, and plans to take his adorable children to Disney World would suddenly kill himself. And when Carter’s attempts to learn more are repeatedly blocked, it's clear someone knows more than he's saying about the cop's death. The question is, who? And what does he have to hide? Carter, with his usual single-minded devotion to a good story—and to the memory of a Newark policeman—will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth.

In The Good Cop, Brad Parks is back with all the humor, charm, and human insight his readers have come to expect, and more.


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 March 5, 2013 by Minotaur Books. 333 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Genial reporter Carter Ross, who never met a wisecrack he didn't like, goes up against every police officer in Newark in defense of a dead cop's good name.

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Near the start of Parks’s satisfying fourth Carter Ross mystery (after 2012’s The Girl Next Door), the Newark (N.J.) Eagle-Examiner reporter interviews Noemi Kipps, the widow of 37-year-old Newark pol

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Today, Hartford Books Examiner reviews The Good Cop (Minotaur Books, 24.99) by Brad Parks.

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His writing is easy to read, and the complicated cases he foists upon Carter Ross are helping him grow as a hero."

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Mysterious Reviews

But everything Carter saw at Kipp's house tells him that this was not a cop who was suicidal and there must be more to the story in The Good Cop, the fourth mystery in this series by Brad Parks.Carter finds absurd the whole idea that a cop would consume nearly a fifth of bourbon, step into a show...

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Thanks all of you who post at this weekly diary here at Daily Kos - I devoured this series, and I look forward to trying the other ones recommended here.

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