The Girl Next Door
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.ÂStruck by the opportunity to write a heroic piece about an everyday woman killed too young, he heads to her wake to gather tributes and
A Blue Collar vs. White Collar Mystery - 3.5 Stars
The fact is that I am writing this as I am finishing up the 5th book in the series. Given what was written after this, I can say that I feel that this is the weakest book in the series to date. That said, it is hardly damning as Brad Park continues to impress in this installment. As I live in a staunch union run city and county, some of the worker vs. "The Man" themes rang true and the solid writing and ...more
I was not disappointed as the books lived up to his talk. The books had me chuckling aloud at times. Carter Ross is an investigating reporter for the Eagle Examiner In Newark New Jersey. He is wise cracking but has a soft spot for the underdog. ...more
I have to agree with this reviewer.
For a mystery book, this one is a bit disappointing. Brad Parks doesn't offer many twists in Carter's attempt to uncover the murder of Nancy Marino. And, while I already think that Carter is NOT the most convincing investigative reporter EVER, this book takes his "naivity" into another level. He relies too much on one source. He doesn't even try to check out the source's credibility. I think he is being too naive and lets his biases played into his ...more
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 ...more
SETTING: Newark, New Jersey
SERIES: #3 of 3
Carter Ross is an investigative reporter for the Newark Eagle-Examiner who is often able to determine his own assignments. While reading the obituaries one day, his eye is caught by the story of Nancy Marino who was killed in a hit-and-run while delivering the paper early one morning. He decides that her story is worthy of an expanded piece and sets out to interview her friends and family to put ...more
Single and hardworking, ...more
The Girl Next Door is book three of the Carter Ross novels. I like Carter. When you first think of a reporter, you instantly group them with ...more
Carter Ross is a reporter for a Newark newspaper, and the newspaper speak and newsroom descriptions and talk of what's happening in the ...more
In the Eyes of the Innocent, Ross negotiates with a killer from behind bullet proof glass, so I thought over time he would get smarter and more ...more
First of all, I want to say that there is talent here. There were lots of great lines and the story was cohesive (for the most part.)
However, by page 30, I knew who the killer was. And the book goes on for 200+ pages after that. I doubt that I'm the ...more
Author: Brad Parks
Published By: Minotaur
Age Recommended: 187+
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 4.5
Review: You don’t usually find many mysteries/thrillers that have a hint of humor while maintaining their sense of macabre danger. Brad Parks has successfully married the two in this novel. This book is a rare gem and not one to be missed. If you love mysteries with a little dark humor tossed in for good measure you’ll truly enjoy, “The Girl Next Door.”
However, there were a few parts that I didn't like. Without giving anything away, at one point ( a very inconvenient point, I might add) a female character suddenly disrobes. Okay, maybe it's just me - maybe other women often take their clothes off in front of their employees when they're trying to help said employee not lose their job. This woman also does ...more
In point of fact, Parks got better as he went along. This is number three. Numbers four and five were better, although all are carried by the humor and wisecracks. No skimming here or you will miss the one-liners.
For a novice mystery reader there might be some tension, but once you have explored ...more
So this is the first one I’ve read in book form. And I hate to say this but I prefer this series on audio.
But whatever…I like the series so I want to do them all.
The topic for this book is labor unions. I learned a bit about that subject which was interesting.
The mystery wasn’t as obvious as you think it’s going to be.
Some humor. That stuff about the bear was ...more
But it seems there is something in her story that makes it feel like murder and Carter wont let it go until he ...more
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 ...more