Faces of the Gone
Four bodies, each with a single bullet wound in the back of the head, stacked like cord-wood in a weed-choked vacant lot: That's the front-page news facing Carter Ross, investigative reporter with the Newark Eagle-Examiner. Immediately dispatched to the scene, Carter learns that the four victims an exotic dancer, a drug dealer, a hustler, and a mama's boy came from
As Good as any in the Genre - 4.5 Stars
There is something about that nosy, ethics driven, ignore common sense and the police investigative journalist (IJ) that intrigues me. Carter Ross is that guy. I like the IJ crime mysteries. They can go places the police can't, speak to witnesses who would avoid the police and are not dragged down by this little concept ...more
I admit all that, really. In my head, I already know ...more
Firstly, the good: it was fast-paced, well-written, comedic yet stark, and filled with excellent characters.
The lame/bad: The antagonist/villain was a bit too cheesy. Parks made up an entire federal agency for no reason whatsoever. That was lame. The jokes, while mostly funny and well-placed, sometimes were just lame. The storyline was majorly telegraphed, the main twists were too foreshadowed and aboveboard for my liking. And ...more
Now that I'm finished with the book I can say that the trepidation I felt in the beginning were unfounded. The book is good escapist reading with quite a bit of humor to recommend it.
In fact I enjoyed this book enough to order the sequel. Mr. Parks is much funnier than Michael Connelly, but not silly. An entertaining read.
SETTING: Newark, NJ
SERIES: #1 of 2
It takes a lot for a murder to make an impact on the news communities of New Jersey and New York; the cold-blooded killing of four alleged drug dealers in a vacant lot in Newark, New Jersey, really captures the attention of the media. Local investigative reporter Carter Ross goes into the dangerous streets to determine exactly what happened. At first, there seems to be no connection between the victims, ...more
It set my teeth on edge and quivered my skin in repugnance. It was even more distressing to learn his debut novel garnered such excellent reader reviews on here on Amazon.
This mystery features as protagonist Carter Ross, a gormless generally self-satisfied sort from a prep-school and almost-ivy background who is semi-aware of his privileged background and that is, presumably, part of ...more
Carter Ross is an investigative reporter for the Newark Eagle Examiner. When this story lands on Carter’s lap, he figures he will just write the story and be done. Once Carter starts digging, he realizes that there is something bigger then four dead bodies. Besides…what does an exotic dancer, a drug dealer, a hustler, and a ...more
I’ve been doing this one out of order so I’ve now circled back to the first one.
A good first book in a series. Lots of humor in some of Carters sarcastic remarks & his experiences while investigating the story.
Even though I read the last one (book #6) & know what happens w/characters, this was a good way to introduce those characters.
The story (mystery) moves along slowly but it picks up ...more
Don’t you hate it when an author kills off one of your favorite characters? Me, too.
I was halfway through Brad Parks’ “Faces of the Gone,” when a character I loved went missing and was presumed dead. There were just hours left until this column’s deadline and I’d intended on recommending “Faces,” because the reading was going so well. But ...more
FACES OF THE GONE by Brad Parks was considered for an Edgar Award as best first novel. This book is set in Newark, NJ, certainly one of the least salubrious locations I can think of. Parks does not try to make the city something other than it is so Newark, with all its poverty and crime, is a character in the story.
The story opens with the execution style murders of four drug dealers who are killed at one of the many vacant lots in the city. The bodies are left in the open so they will be found ...more
Making a connection with all four dead gang members through a special kind of heroin, almost pure ...more
Also, the story takes ...more
Although FACES OF THE GONE is Parks' first novel, his prior career as a journalist well prepared him for this engaging story of Carter Ross, a reporter for the (fictional) Newark Eagle-Examiner. A quadruple homicide is front page news even in crime-ridden Newark, and ...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
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