THE GOOD COP
A Carter Ross Mystery
As long as Newark Eagle-Examiner reporter Carter Ross turns in his stories on deadline, no one bats an eye if he doesn't wander into the newsroom until 10 or 11 in the morning. So it's an unpleasant surprise when he's awakened at 8:38 by a phone call from his boss, telling him a local policeman was killed and Carter will be covering the story, starting immediately. Shaking himself awake, Carter heads off to interview the cop's widow before other media outlets hear the news. He's baffled when, hours later, there are still no other reporters at the widow's house. And then he gets another call from his boss: the story's off, the cop committed suicide.
But Carter can't understand why a man with a job he loved, a beautiful wife, and plans to take his adorable children to Disney World would suddenly kill himself. And when his widow makes a public statement to the same effect and Carter's calls to the police and the morgue are repeatedly blocked, it's clear someone knows more than he's saying about the cop's death. The question is, who? And what is he trying to hide? With his usual single-minded devotion to a good story—and to the memory of a Newark policeman—Carter will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth.
Minotaur Books, Hardcover (March 2013), ISBN: 978-1250005526
"Readers old and new will enjoy Good Cop... Parks' laid-back narration and appealing protagonist add up to a great lighthearted read. Though it's the fourth Carter Ross book, newcomers won't feel lost."
"This is a tautly written page-turner with charm and humor, a terrific combination that is sure to appeal to David Rosenfelt and Janet Evanovich fans." Starred Review
"Parks's award-winning series is essential reading. This fourth entry is a fine blend of suspense, bumbling-with-a-purpose detecting, and a chatty, humorous tone that the author makes seem effortless."
"Parks nails the newspaper milieu and the Newark setting, while his solid cast of characters should keep readers eagerly awaiting the next installment."
"The combination of Borscht-Belt dialogue, ebullient first-person narration, and mean Jersey streets with lots of menace... makes Carter a strong contender for the title of best Stephanie Plum male impersonator."
"Parks' breezy style takes on a serious tone as the bodies pile up in this series fourth. Chapters about a mysterious organization come to light near the end and lend an ominous air to the story. They coalesce into a startling whole that will please even the most discerning reader." 4 1/2 stars (out of 5)
"While many authors are adept at balancing suspense with humor, few rival Parks, who will leave you breathless one minute and laughing out loud the next. This is an admirable feat unto itself, and, coupled with a protagonist as likable (and occasionally incorrigible) as Carter Ross and the series' authentic backdrop, it makes for a most pleasant and informed reading experience. It's been said that easy reading makes for damn hard writing, and if The Good Cop is any indication as to the truth of that statement, Brad Parks is an overachiever."
"Highly entertaining... superior storytelling... Parks infuses an in-depth view of newspapers and the thrill of chasing a good story into his fourth novel. The author shows how an ethical journalist can make a difference by exposing the truth. Parks' skillful plotting delivers a well-balanced story that is high on tension and features superbly developed characters."
"The most humorous and at the same time serious mystery I have ever read." 5 Stars (out of 5)