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.
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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
The Girl Next Door is probably not the best book choice for a reader who savors subtly elegant prose and layered meaningsRead Full Review of The Girl Next Door : A Mystery
...excellent mysteries and equally punctuated with Parks’ trademark humor.Read Full Review of The Girl Next Door : A Mystery
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
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
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
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
...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
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
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
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