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by Brad Parks

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery

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Parks’ second novel featuring investigative reporter Carter Ross deals with the timely topics of subprime mortgages and house-flipping, intensified by the criminal mind. Readers will meet colorful characters from the newsroom and the shady side of Newark in this fast-paced, suspenseful story. Parks’ writing is clever and witty in this entertaining

Carter Ross teams up with two newspaper interns as he tries to make sense of several related crimes. First a house is torched with two young boys inside. Their mother’s story has a lot of holes in it, but she disappears before Carter can unravel the truth. Then a city councilman is abducted and murdered after getting campaign contributions from a lot of people who live outside his district. When one of the interns is kidnapped along with the dead boys’ mother, Carter and an unlikely crew of helpers race against the clock to unravel the mystery and rescue the women. (MINOTAUR, Feb., 304 pp., $24.99)

Reviewed By: Joyce Morgan

Publisher: MINOTAUR

Published: February 2011

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