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 a.m. by a phone call from his boss, telling him a local policeman was killed and to get the story. Shaking himself awake, Carter heads off to interview the cop's widow. And then he gets another call: 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 Carter's attempts to learn more are repeatedly blocked, it's clear someone knows more than he's saying about the cop's death. The question is, who? And what does he have to hide? Carter, with his usual single-minded devotion to a good story—and to the memory of a Newark policeman—will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth.
In The Good Cop, Brad Parks is back with all the humor, charm, and human insight his readers have come to expect, and more.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Series:||Carter Ross Mysteries , #4|
|File size:||598 KB|
About 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 Good Cop is his fourth 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First off, I read tremendous reviews about this book in the Sunday paper. I was so excited about the review, that I bought the book immediately, not knowing that it's the fourth book in the series. With that said, I will say that this book is a fast read, but, there's not much depth. I found it very inconceivable that a newspaper reporter cracked the case wide open, while the entire police force in Newark, N.J. (one of the toughest, I might say) is looking the other way. Still, it did hold my interest but I don't think I'll be reading another in this series or by this author. His writing style, to me, is somewhat juvenile.
Carter Ross is a reporter for the Newark Eagle-Examiner. He's been handed an assignment to investigate and write about the death of a Newark policeman. Just as he's beginning, the death is ruled a suicide and Ross is pulled from the story. That should have stopped him, but of course it didn't. The more he learns about Detective Sergeant Darius Kipps, the more convinced Ross is that Kipps didn't commit suicide. In fact, he had everything to live for. Blocked at every turn by the police in his quest, Carter is determined to find out what really happened. Along with his reporting duties, Ross is constantly side-stepping his boss Tina's quest to have him impregnate her. She's decided that he's the perfect candidate to fulfill her dream of having a child before her biological clock runs down. But while Ross is seriously interested in Tina, he's not willing to settle for just being a stud service. Brad Parks has injected a tongue-in-cheek humor in his characters and THE GOOD COP is a hilarious pleasure to read. It doesn't hurt that the setting is many of the New Jersey towns any New Jerseyan is familiar with! I enjoyed THE GOOD COP so much that I've since gone back and read all the rest of the Carter Ross series. I'd suggest you start with an earlier one, but they're all fun to read as Ross tears up the turf in the Garden State!
Brad Parks has a wonderful sense of humor. I really enjoyed this book.
reading a brad parks novel is a real treat. carter ross is a newman that has a nose for news, and trouble. tis time he is looking into a news story and discovers that there could be 'dirty cops' in the city. how to find out and prove it? that is carter's aim. while he is doing that trouble finds him and also leads him to find the answers. thesse stories are brilliantly written and with a touch of wry humor. the characters in carter's life as a newsman are colorful. if you want a real treat, read a carter ross story by brad parks. i guarantee you'll love it!!!