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The Girl Next Door by Brad Parks
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Feb 09, 12

Read from February 04 to 07, 2012

The last time I had this much fun reading a book was an early Stephanie Plum.
Carter Ross, a 32 year old veteran reporter from Newark, has a great sense of humor and great looks. He decides to look into a hit and run death of a fellow "Eagle-Examiner" employee, a paper delivery person. This story leads him into the realization that it was no accident- it was murder. As he investigates, he gets arrested as a "Peeping Tomcat", runs from a bear on the urban Newark streets, has a very hot shower scene with his editor and is fired from his job.
This book was so much fun. I laughed out loud more than once. One of my favorite scenes is when his intern, Lunky, writes the story about the bear by discussing the bear in fiction citing William Faulkner and John Irving. Absolutely hysterical.
I thought this was a debut novel but discovered it was the third in the series. You don't have to read the first two to appreciate this one. I didn't and I enjoyed it. I am going to read the first two. That's how much I liked this one.
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