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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery
Parks weaves a tale of suspense that makes the reader laugh out loud. The humor comes honestly and is never forced for the sake of setting up a joke. The initial mystery proves to be immediately intriguing, and as the story expands, so does the puzzle. But what makes Parks such a fantastic storyteller is his main cast of characters, all of whom feel real. Parks has quietly entered the top echelon of the mystery field.
Newspaper reporter Carter Ross receives a tip about residents of a Newark neighborhood developing flu-like symptoms and broken bones. When he interviews them, he quickly gets sick. His investigation leads to a business developer with possible mob ties, and shortly after Ross interviews him, the developer is found dead on the side of the road. Was it a jealous mistress or his connection to organized crime? Is Ross next to be silenced? (MINOTAUR, Mar., 336 pp., $25.99)
Reviewed By: Jeff Ayers
Published: March 2014