THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
Parks’ prodigious gifts for the written word, characterization and plot development are all evident in his third Carter Ross offering. The killer pulls readers into this story as he plans his crime from day one. Reading will be compulsive.
Carter Ross is an investigative reporter for the Eagle-Examiner who has some latitude in the articles he writes, so he’s working on a special-interest piece about the victim of a hit-and-run. Nancy Marino had been a delivery person for the paper and one of her sisters believes her death was no accident. Carter meets resistance as soon as he begins investigating. Suspects range from the paper’s publisher to a nearby deli owner, even Carter’s best friend. The more people he interviews, the shorter his life expectancy becomes. Threats turn into near-misses until his final confrontation with the real killer. (MINOTAUR, Mar., 336 pp., $24.99)