Brad Parks

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International bestseller author Brad Parks is the only writer to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, three of American crime fiction's most prestigious prizes. His books have earned starred reviews from every major pre-publication journal.

A father of two and a husband of one, Brad lives in Virginia, where he spends four hours a day at his local Hardee's, writing his novels. When not at Hardee's, he's a slow runner and an even slower swimmer who enjoys long walks in his head. He's grateful for his readers, because otherwise he'd just be a guy who has a lot of conversations with himself and nowhere to put them.

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THE LAST ACT.

I'm told some of you received an advanced copy of THE LAST ACT in your #GoodreadsChoice Award gift bags.

If so, I hope you'll post a review here on Goodreads and let me--and, y'know, the rest of the world--know what you think!

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I write thrillers for a living. I know (most of) the tricks. This one kept me guessing—and turning pages furiously—the whole time. And yet even though the end came as a shock? It was still totally fair—no deus ex machina here. You’ll gallop through ...more
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"A thriller featuring a protagonist who is a musical-theater star? Are you kidding me?! Since crime fiction and theater are two of my favorite things, I am definitely in the target audience for The Last Act. “I swear, the moment lasted longer than..." Read more of this review »
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"As soon as I read the blurb, I knew this book and I would instantly become best friends. How awesome does the plot sound? I would buy tickets for a movie based on this plot right now. As you can see, my expectations were quite high, which most of..." Read more of this review »
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" The Last Act is an emotionally driven thriller, seeking out to show you the deception and power of some of the most corrupt criminal organizations in the world.

Drug lords and cartels have more power than you nor I will hopefully ever know. When..." Read more of this review »
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There's just something so self-affirming about giving yourself a five-star review.

(That said: I really did like this book. I don't know if the characters were real to you, but they were sure real in my head).
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There's just something so self-affirming about giving yourself a five-star review.

(That said: I really did like this book. I don't know if the characters were real to you, but they were sure real in my head).
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Hey, Leslie, sorry for the slow reply... I lived in Staunton for a while, then moved. But, in any event, yes I do library appearances. : ) Contact your local librarian... or, better yet, bother the library in Staunton, that way I can go to Split B... See Full Answer
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Terrific writing. Memorable characters. An engrossing plot. I pretty much inhaled this novel. Berney is brilliant.
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“I always found strange comfort that the American propensity for mixing alcohol and firearms cut across racial, socioeconomic, and cultural divides, from rural redneck to ghetto gangbanger to skeet-shooting blue blood.”
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“I'm not saying it's simple to find and tell the truth. It takes a great deal of hard work, intellectual honesty, open-mindedness, and a willingness to keep listening to people even when your gut is telling you they're full of it. Then it involves drilling through the layers of one's cultural assumptions and prejudgments, all the way down to the mushy middle of all of us, where I believe there's a basic humanity that tells us what's right and what's wrong. If we as writers apply that code - without the anchors of agenda or ideology - we can lift our prose to something that can be called the truth. It's the very best of what journalism can and should be.”
Brad Parks, Eyes of the Innocent

“My entrance into the courtyard caused a small stir among the lookouts. I could tell because in the middle of February, in the dark of night, Baxter Terrace suddenly sounded like an Audubon Society refuge - birdcalls being the latest in urban drug - selling counterintelligence...

Birdcalls allowed much more information to be imparted to other members of the operation, without the visitor being aware of what was being communicated. So while a crow's harsh cry could harken the arrival of a member of the city narcotics unit - a significant threat - the sweet song of a chickadee might signal an officer who was merely escorting a social worker to an appointment allowing business to continue in guarded fashion. Someone like me, a stranger on unknown business, might warrant a whipporwill's call.

Where exactly a city kid learned what a whipporwill sounded like, I have no idea. But these kids were nothing if not resourceful. It makes you wonder what they could have accomplished under different circumstances.”
Brad Parks, Eyes of the Innocent

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“I'm not saying it's simple to find and tell the truth. It takes a great deal of hard work, intellectual honesty, open-mindedness, and a willingness to keep listening to people even when your gut is telling you they're full of it. Then it involves drilling through the layers of one's cultural assumptions and prejudgments, all the way down to the mushy middle of all of us, where I believe there's a basic humanity that tells us what's right and what's wrong. If we as writers apply that code - without the anchors of agenda or ideology - we can lift our prose to something that can be called the truth. It's the very best of what journalism can and should be.”
Brad Parks, Eyes of the Innocent




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Christine Hatfield I don't know lol and i hope you come to new jersey in philly so i can meet you


message 5: by Brad

Brad Parks Christine wrote: "Yeah i'm really enjoying the book


how are you?"


I'm zooming around New Jersey on book tour. Flemington tonight. Maplewood tomorrow. How could I be better?


Christine Hatfield Yeah i'm really enjoying the book


how are you?


message 3: by Brad

Brad Parks Christine wrote: "i'm starting to read your book and it's getting really good"

Glad you're enjoying!


Christine Hatfield i'm starting to read your book and it's getting really good


message 1: by Kris

Kris Neri Thanks for adding this mystery & paranormal author. I'm looking forward to reading your reviews.

Kris Neri
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