The Girl Next Door by Brad Parks
A Mystery

82%

10 Critic Reviews

Park... hits home with this installment of quirky characters, convincing color, and a Sopranos-worthy ragout of high drama and low comedy.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Reading his own newspaper’s obituaries, veteran reporter Carter Ross comes across that of a woman named Nancy Marino, who was the victim of a hit-and-run while she was on the job delivering copies of that very paper, the Eagle-Examiner. Struck by the opportunity to write a heroic piece about an everyday woman killed too young, he heads to her wake to gather tributes and anecdotes. It’s the last place Ross expects to find controversy—which is exactly what happens when one of Nancy’s sisters convinces him that the accident might not have been accidental at all.

It turns out that the kind and generous Nancy may have made a few enemies, starting with her boss at the diner where she was a part-time waitress, and even including the publisher of the Eagle-Examiner. Carter’s investigation of this seemingly simple story soon has him in big trouble with his full-time editor and sometime girlfriend, Tina Thompson, not to mention the rest of his bosses at the paper, but he can’t let it go—the story is just too good, and it keeps getting better. But will his nose for trouble finally take him too far?

Brad Parks’s smart-mouthed, quick-witted reporter returns in The Girl Next Door—another action-packed entry in his award-winning series, written with an unforgettable mix of humor and suspense.


 

About Brad Parks

See more books from this Author
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 13, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 335 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
Bookmark Counts:
1
Want to Read
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Girl Next Door
All: 10 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 1

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jan 09 2012

Park... hits home with this installment of quirky characters, convincing color, and a Sopranos-worthy ragout of high drama and low comedy.

Read Full Review of The Girl Next Door : A Mystery | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

Washington Independent Review of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Susan Clark

The Girl Next Door is probably not the best book choice for a reader who savors subtly elegant prose and layered meanings

Read Full Review of The Girl Next Door : A Mystery

NJ.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Willse on Mar 11 2012

...excellent mysteries and equally punctuated with Parks’ trademark humor.

Read Full Review of The Girl Next Door : A Mystery

Shelf Awareness

Excellent
Reviewed by Tom Lavoie

The Girl Next Door is perfect for the reader who loves an LOL moment but wants a mystery that's more than empty calories.

Read Full Review of The Girl Next Door : A Mystery

Jeremy Lynch

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeremy Lynch on Mar 20 2012

THE GIRL NEXT DOOR is a damn entertaining read. Parks does a great job of spinning a yarn and, in Carter Ross, has given us a hero that should delight any reader with a brain and funny bone.

Read Full Review of The Girl Next Door : A Mystery

Jenn's Bookshelves

Good
Reviewed by Jenn on Mar 12 2012

Parks' books are ones that I have quickly grown to adore and will continue to look forward to each and every one. Highly recommended.

Read Full Review of The Girl Next Door : A Mystery

Lesa's Book Critiques

Good
Reviewed by Lesa on Mar 08 2012

If you like witty characters, the newspaper business, and a reporter who makes just about the worst mistakes he can, you'll enjoy The Girl Next Door.

Read Full Review of The Girl Next Door : A Mystery

Murder by Type

Good
Reviewed by Beth Crowley on Mar 30 2012

Parks writes laugh-out-loud funny situations and dialogue and never strays from the serious business of presenting the reasonable resolution of the murder of a woman just like someone we all know.

Read Full Review of The Girl Next Door : A Mystery

Kevin Tipple

Good
Reviewed by Kevin Tipple on Apr 07 2012

...another solidly good one as Reporter Carter Ross continues to wisecrack at will while trying to find out the truth about what happened to Nancy Marino.

Read Full Review of The Girl Next Door : A Mystery

Book Dilettante

Good
Reviewed by Harvee on Apr 19 2012

I recommend this book for those who... love a good mystery and are curious about the inner workings of a newspaper.

Read Full Review of The Girl Next Door : A Mystery

Reader Rating for The Girl Next Door
67%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 150 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review

Reader reviews & activity

theaulddubliner

theaulddubliner 5 Sep 2013

Added the book to want to read list

×