Eyes of the Innocent
Carter Ross, the sometimes-dashing investigative reporter for the Newark Eagle-Examiner, is back, and reporting on the latest tragedy to befall Newark, New Jersey, a fast-moving house fire that kills two boys.
With the help of the paperâs newest intern, a bubbly blonde known as âœSweet Thang,â Carter finds the victimsâ mother, Akilah Harris, who spins a tale of woe about
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The wise cracking, ultra white WASP who loves pleated slacks is back. He is once again surrounded with a gang of colorful characters from Tommy, the gay Cuban (former) intern to "sweet thang" the young blond intern with ties to the papers and the ability to make a mean loaf of banana bread. While the plot lacked the finesse of the first novel, Eyes of the Innocent is an occasionally humorous crime thriller for any fan of ...more
The stereotype of bubbly-ditzy-twenty-year-old-blonde -- who got into the newspaper business because of her "Daddy" was so, SO VERY annoying!! Plus the blonde girl was called SWEET THANG the whole way through! My patience was running low every single time she talked. I thought the characterizations were worse than Faces of the Gone.
Having said that, the mystery was actually better. It started with a burned house that claimed two boys of Akilah Harris. Then it turned out that ...more
SETTING: Newark, NJ
SERIES: #3 of 2
Carter Ross is an investigative reporter for the Newark Eagle-Examiner. Although he’s one of the best writers in the office, his assignments are often at the whim of the owner. When a major fire occurs in which two young boys are killed, he’s told to focus on writing about space heaters, although that appliance had no part in the situation. Accompanied by an attractive young intern he is mentoring, ...more
had some humor which comes out in the dialogue b/w Carter & his co-workers.
since i'm doing this series out of order, i already know what happens with some of the characters referenced in the story so it was interesting to see "where they started" as it were.
FYI: while it's best to do a series in order, it's not necessary with this one.
Newark newspaper and ends up working on a story relating to the death of a city councilman.
Colorful characters, good plot. Need to get the rest of the Carter Ross books in my library so
I can read them all. As a former journalist may be slightly biased, but who doesn't like a good mystery set in Jersey?!
Interpersed throughout the book are a few short chapters told from the bad guy's point of view, and although they're not entirely necessary, they do show readers just what Ross is up against. We also get a ...more
Akilah Harris is the boys’ mother. At first glance she seems like a devastated mother but there is more to Akilah than meets the eye. Carter would have brushed Akilah off but when councilman, Windy Byers goes ...more
When Ross is assigned a perky, blond intern nicknamed Sweet Thang, he hands her a research project to check out whether or not ...more
The plotline didn't seem as tight and believable as 'Faces of the Gone', with much less detail provided on the baddies. It seemed to be glossed over in favour of objectifying the hot young 'Sweet Thang', who cannot seem to be referred to without sexualising and/or infantilising her.
She is introduced as a 'shapely twenty-two-year-old blonde' whose 'wholesomeness... put ...more
I have met this author at Left Coast Crime events and cannot stop myself from picturing him as Carter Ross.
The voice of Carter is a delight. He throws in funny observations which I just cannot stop guffawing about.
This episode was about the arson of a house with two little boys inside. The investigation also uncovered a city Councilman with wandering sexual appetite and a disreputable local entrepreneur who rehabs and flips houses which include balloon ...more
The nly annoying thing about thsi book was the nickname of a female character in the book. I'll have to see if she's in the first book in the serires. I found the nickname so annoying it was distracting.
Brad Parks has a terrific voice--at once sarcastic, self-deprecating and astute. I finish one in the series and immediately start the next. I know I will be devastated when I finally reach the series' end!
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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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.”