Eyes of the Innocent

Eyes of the Innocent

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A follow-up to Faces of the Gone traces the investigation of reporter Carter Ross into the house fire deaths of two boys whose mother claims she was working two jobs to support them, a story that is thrown into dispute by a corrupt government program and the disappearance of the mother’s boyfriend.

McMillan Palgrave

Carter Ross, the sometimes-dashing investigative reporter for the Newark Eagle-Examiner, is back, and reporting on the latest tragedy to befall Newark, New Jersey, a fast-moving house fire that kills two boys.

With the help of the paper’s newest intern, a bubbly blonde known as “Sweet Thang,” Carter finds the victims’ mother, Akilah Harris, who spins a tale of woe about a mortgage rate reset that forced her to work two jobs and leave her young boys without child care. Carter turns in a front-page feature, but soon discovers Akilah isn’t what she seems. And neither is the fire.

When Newark councilman Windy Byers is reported missing, it launches Carter into the sordid world of urban house-flipping and Jersey-style political corruption. With his usual mix of humor, compassion, and street smarts, Carter is soon calling on some of his friends—gay Cuban sidekick Tommy Hernandez, T-shirt-selling buddy Tee Jamison, and on-and-off girlfriend Tina Thompson—for help in tracking down the shadowy figure behind it all.

Brad Parks’s debut, Faces of the Gone, won the Shamus Award and Nero Award for Best American Mystery. It was heralded as an engaging mix of Harlan Coben and Janet Evanovich. Now Parks solidifies his place as one of the brightest new talents in crime fiction with this authentic, entertaining thriller.



Baker
& Taylor

Traces the investigation of reporter Carter Ross into the house fire deaths of two boys whose mother claims she was working two jobs to support them, a story that is thrown into dispute by a corrupt government program and the disappearance of the mother's boyfriend.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312574789
0312574789
Branch Call Number: MYS Parks, B 100.2 2011
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm

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Eil_1
May 08, 2013

An interesting plot stemming from a terrible tragedy. A little too much philosophy about a reporter's life. Skipped some paragraphs. Editor, Tina, seemed to be thrown into the mix without any serious implication to the story. I found the nickname "Sweet Thang" annoying. Don't think I'll be in a hurry to read his other book.

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klwallen
Aug 08, 2012

newspaper journalist Carter Rose investigates arson/murder, missing councilman and fends off cute intern.

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DrMomND
Jun 21, 2011

Hooray for Brad Parks!! An engaging follow-up to Faces of the Gone. I am looking forward to the next one. Hope he has many more.

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