In the most thrilling entry yet in Brad Parks's award-winning series, investigative reporter Carter Ross must chose who gets to live: him or his unborn child.
A rash of carjackings terrorizing Newark become newsworthy when one such theft ends in the murder of a wealthy banking executive. The affable, wisecracking Ross is assigned the story, but he's weary of only writing
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Brad Parks Delivers his Best Yet - 5
I have been following Brad Parks since his first multi-award winning book, Faces of the Gone. I was immediately drawn to the funny and somewhat irreverent Carter Ross. After the previous novel, I felt the series had turned a corner. The characters and relationships began to mature and the stories began to break away from the formula of the first four ...more
When the mother of Carter's child, managing editor for local news for the Newark Eagle-Examiner, Tina Thompson, asks him to look into a story ...more
Intense story. Complex mystery. Some red herrings that I didn’t catch.
As with the other books in the series, the narrative deepens as the plot & story slowly develop.
Because I did this on audio-I’ll reference that but the last 45 min of it were edge of your seat suspense. (probably the last few chapters in book form chpt 42-end) It cycles the action back to the first chapter.
I hope the ...more
It's not bad, but it was kinda predictable and I think Carter's signature humour fell flat.
All in all, an OK read.
“The Fraud” opens with a question. “Would you give your life for your kid?” What if that child had not been born yet? This hypothetical question is what Carter Ross will face by the end of the story. We learn this in the first two ...more
Disappointing. I felt that the plotting on the this story and the execution were pretty bang on, but there were too many things that were off for me to give this a full four stars.
One problem I had was that there were a few foreshadowing moments where I could see exactly what was going to happen as a result. As soon as Blue Mask hid his money in Birdy's kitchen I knew it would be found by his Aunt. As soon as she found it I knew she was dead meat. This happened again with ...more
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
The ethical dilemma posited aside, I hated the first chapter. If I'd never read a Brad Parks book before, it might have caused me to move on to the next thing on my reading list. The cheap "in 43 hours, X, Y, and Z are going to happen..." ploy irritates me. Just get me invested with setting, plot, or character. Present one or all of these in an interesting manner and I'll get invested. Don't force the investment. Don't jam it down my ...more
So too is the city of Newark, New Jersey, in some ways. Carjacking has always been a problem primarily because of the ease of access to the nearby port where a ...more
*While you can read this as a stand-alone, I think to appreciate Carter, you need to read some of the earlier books!*
This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Carter Ross has a nose for a story. It’s too bad that this particular story puts his unborn child’s life in danger.
After an affluent white businessman is killed in the process of a carjacking, Carter’s newspaper wants to run a story about it. Carter decides to take ...more
Carter Ross continues his light-hearted adventures as he tries to keep his job as a newspaper reporter in an ever declining print world. He continues to juggle unsavory neighborhoods, newspaper bureaucracy, and the imminent birth of his child, interns as he searches for the “big” story that will help him and the paper. As usual, ...more
Would you put your life on the line for your unborn child even though ...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