The Girl Next Door: A Mystery

The Girl Next Door: A Mystery

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by Brad Parks
     
 

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Reading his own newspaper's obituaries, veteran reporter Carter Ross comes across that of a woman named Nancy Marino, who was the victim of a hit-and-run while she was on the job delivering copies of that very paper, the Eagle-Examiner. Struck by the opportunity to write a heroic piece about an everyday woman killed too young, he heads to her wake to gather

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Reading his own newspaper's obituaries, veteran reporter Carter Ross comes across that of a woman named Nancy Marino, who was the victim of a hit-and-run while she was on the job delivering copies of that very paper, the Eagle-Examiner. Struck by the opportunity to write a heroic piece about an everyday woman killed too young, he heads to her wake to gather tributes and anecdotes. It's the last place Ross expects to find controversy—which is exactly what happens when one of Nancy's sisters convinces him that the accident might not have been accidental at all.

It turns out that the kind and generous Nancy may have made a few enemies, starting with her boss at the diner where she was a part-time waitress, and even including the publisher of the Eagle-Examiner. Carter's investigation of this seemingly simple story soon has him in big trouble with his full-time editor and sometime girlfriend, Tina Thompson, not to mention the rest of his bosses at the paper, but he can't let it go—the story is just too good, and it keeps getting better. But will his nose for trouble finally take him too far?

Brad Parks's smart-mouthed, quick-witted reporter returns in The Girl Next Door—another action-packed entry in his award-winning series, written with an unforgettable mix of humor and suspense.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429949996
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/13/2012
Series:
Carter Ross Mysteries , #3
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
235,974
File size:
350 KB

Meet the Author

Brad Parks is the first author to win both the Shamus Award and the Nero Award for Best American Mystery for his debut novel, Faces of the Gone. A former reporter for The Washington Post and The [Newark] Star-Ledger, he lives in Virginia, and The Girl Next Door is his third novel.


BRAD PARKS is the only author to have won the Shamus, Nero and Lefty Awards, three of crime fiction’s most prestigious prizes. A former reporter for The Washington Post and The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, The Player is his fifth novel. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two small children.

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The Girl Next Door: A Mystery 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
Carter Ross is a charming narrator and an interesting main character. He may not be the brightest reporter around, getting his head stuck while attempting a false entry, and missing the very likely most prominent murder suspect, one that I am guessing most readers will pick despite the author's red herring. So, given the charm of the novel, I finished it. But I knew who the murderer was about half-way through the novel. As murder mysteries go, it is a pretty clunky one. Charming, but clunky.
anniemichelle More than 1 year ago
"The Girl Next Door" by Brad Parks, I love, love, the book and the series! I just knew twelve pages into "The Girl Next Door" that it was my kind of mystery, it was the humor that got me. I immediately stopped reading it, got online & ordered the first two in the series "Faces of the Gone" and "Eyes of the Innocent" because there was no way I was going to start reading this great new series starting with the third book as I must read them all in order! The wait for the first two books in the mail was agonizing....as soon as they arrived I read all three in a row for three days straight only coming up for air to laugh out loud and occasionally feed my "Deadline like" cat Rocky. Carter Ross, investigative reporter for the Newark Eagle-Examiner Newspaper and his hilarious and often inept office interns, colleagues, various bosses and friends compliment him in his quest to fight the wrongs he stumbles into in his world as does his wonderfully played sleep all day cat the deliciously deadpan Deadline. The cast of characters in the world of the "Bird Man" is wonderful; sexy but unavailable Tina, grouchy word garbling Sal, Tommy the Cuba n wisecracking dandy, Sweet Thang, fearful of his wife dread locked Tee and lordy, lordy do not forget the literary Lunky!!! I am a mystery book gal with a stressful job and this is a fabulous addition to my must read list. I do however have one complaint.... how long must I have to wait for the next Brad Parks book!???! l
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
The Girl Next Door was fairly disappointing. Carter Ross, an investigative reporter for the Eagle-Examiner, discovers that the “hit-and-run” death of Nancy Marino may not have been an accident at all. The plot sounds totally played out to begin with, but hey, I also love every episode of Law & Order, so what the hell, right? Unfortunately, this book didn’t throw me a single curve ball. The mystery of Nancy’s murder was so transparent that I’d figured it out about 50 pages into the novel. Where’s the fun in that? I didn’t even want to finish it at that point. I also couldn’t find any reason to care about the murdered woman because we never really learn much about her anyway. Carter’s rogue bear story was far more interesting than the murder. That part cracked me up and is probably the only reason why I continued reading this book. Parks has a great sense of humor, but it didn’t seem as if he put as much effort into the plot. The whole thing was a bit confusing for me, honestly. Why not just write a comedy instead? I realize I don’t have many positive things to say about this book, but it wasn’t unbearable. I guess I just wasn’t expecting what I got from this book. The Girl Next Door is a light, fun read if you can forget the fact that it was intended to create any sort of suspense. Reviewed by Brittany for Book Sake.
Ann13 More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very interesting and I just happen to order it from my library. It is an easy read and I was hooked from the first paragraph. I will not spoil it for you, just borrow it or buy it. Happy Reading....!!
Koufax More than 1 year ago
Amazing how many different book have "The Girl next door" as title of the book. This one is ok.