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Faces of the Gone Four bodies each with a single bullet wound in the back of the head stacked like cordwood in a weed choked vacant lot That s the front page news facing Carter Ross investigative reporter with the N

  • Title: Faces of the Gone
  • Author: Brad Parks
  • ISBN: 9781429987127
  • Page: 138
  • Format: ebook
  • Faces of the Gone By Brad Parks, Four bodies, each with a single bullet wound in the back of the head, stacked like cordwood in a weed choked vacant lot That s the front page news facing Carter Ross, investigative reporter with the Newark Eagle Examiner Immediately dispatched to the scene, Carter learns that the four victims an exotic dancer, a drug dealer, a hustler, and a mama s boy came from differenFour bodies, each with a single bullet wound in the back of the head, stacked like cordwood in a weed choked vacant lot That s the front page news facing Carter Ross, investigative reporter with the Newark Eagle Examiner Immediately dispatched to the scene, Carter learns that the four victims an exotic dancer, a drug dealer, a hustler, and a mama s boy came from different parts of the city and didn t seem to know one another.The police, eager to calm jittery residents, leak a theory that the murders are revenge for a bar stickup, and Carter s paper, hungry for a scoop, hastily prints it Carter doesn t come from the streets, but he understands a thing or two about Newark s neighborhoods And he knows there are no quick answers when dealing with a crime like this.Determined to uncover the true story, he enlists the aide of Tina Thompson, the paper s smoking hot city editor, to run interference at the office Tommy Hernandez, the paper s gay Cuban intern, to help him with legwork on the streets and Tynesha Dales, a local stripper, to take him to Newark s underside It turns out that the four victims have one connection after all, and this knowledge will put Carter on the path of one very ambitious killer.Faces of the Gone won the Shamus Award for Best First Novel and the Nero Award for Best American Mystery it is the first book to receive both awards The book was named to lists of the year s best mystery debuts by the Chicago Sun Times and South Florida Sun Sentinel.

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    1. Reading over half of a novel while hyped up on cough drops and missing a night s sleep because you ve been traveling for approximately 20 hours, as you fly into and out of Chicago in the middle of a winter storm and out of Boston before the big one hits and you end up being stuck on parked planes for a total of three hours added up from two occasions and add a Las Vegas redeye to your traveling regime may not have been the best course of action for my retention ability, but FACES OF THE GONE man [...]

    2. This was another of my Dominican Vacation reads As I read many books that week, I am doing some simplified reviews so I can catch up As Good as any in the Genre 4.5 Stars There is something about that nosy, ethics driven, ignore common sense and the police investigative journalist IJ that intrigues me Carter Ross is that guy I like the IJ crime mysteries They can go places the police can t, speak to witnesses who would avoid the police and are not dragged down by this little concept of Human Rig [...]

    3. I read some of the non positive reviews here Few of the major critics are Carter is not a convincing as investigative reporter you probably think he is indeed incompetent if you read his process of writing an article , that he is acting clueless and stupid the people he interviews die or put in a coma , and there are blatant sexism and juvenile humor I quoted this from one of the 1 star reviews And the stereotyping Man, oh, man I admit all that, really In my head, I already know some of my frien [...]

    4. PROTAGONIST Carter Ross, investigative reporterSETTING Newark, NJSERIES 1 of 2RATING 4.5It takes a lot for a murder to make an impact on the news communities of New Jersey and New York the cold blooded killing of four alleged drug dealers in a vacant lot in Newark, New Jersey, really captures the attention of the media Local investigative reporter Carter Ross goes into the dangerous streets to determine exactly what happened At first, there seems to be no connection between the victims, other th [...]

    5. A dead body in Newark, New Jersey isn t very news worthy Unless you are talking about the discovery of four dead bodies left in a vacant lot now that is front page news Carter Ross is an investigative reporter for the Newark Eagle Examiner When this story lands on Carter s lap, he figures he will just write the story and be done Once Carter starts digging, he realizes that there is something bigger then four dead bodies Besides what does an exotic dancer, a drug dealer, a hustler, and a momma bo [...]

    6. This was a lot of fun Don t expect it to be a mystery exactly what s going to happen in the plot is telegraphed so clearly that it s not a surprise rather any suspense is in watching how the main character figures it out, and in wondering how much trouble he s going to get into when he does something that the reader can see is obviously going to get him in trouble But you can t exactly call it a thriller or suspense unless there s such a thing as a cozy thriller Even though the guy s house gets [...]

    7. A recommendation from Colorado Springs GAZETTE column P.S I d actually give this book 3 1 2 stars, if I could figure out how to give a half star Anyone Don t you hate it when an author kills off one of your favorite characters Me, too.I was halfway through Brad Parks Faces of the Gone, when a character I loved went missing and was presumed dead There were just hours left until this column s deadline and I d intended on recommending Faces, because the reading was going so well But with one of my [...]

    8. Carter Ross is an investigator reporter for the Newark Eagle Examiner newspaper Four bodies are found shot in a empty lot in Newark The police believe it is tied to a bar burglary Carter Ross instincts tell him this is the wrong but his bosses want him to write a newspaper article giving this as the reason for the deaths He does investigating on his own to find the link between all four victims who are from different parts of the city Carter cares about the victims and wants their story told He [...]

    9. I begin this book with some trepidation, not sure why Some folks compere the author the Michael Connelly that s why I am giving it a go Now that I m finished with the book I can say that the trepidation I felt in the beginning were unfounded The book is good escapist reading with quite a bit of humor to recommend it.In fact I enjoyed this book enough to order the sequel Mr Parks is much funnier than Michael Connelly, but not silly An entertaining read.

    10. Excellent reading I finished in two days The plot was built up with thrills and the characters were very interesting This author has a way of creating a page turner that will leave you wanting to read his next book

    11. Good first novel Lots of humor in the middle of a sad story about murders in the ghetto area of Newark Looking forward to the next in this series.

    12. Library Journal described this book as the most hilariously funny and deadly serious mystery debut since Janet Evanovich s One for the Money All I can say is whoever wrote that has never read One for the Money This is a decent thriller about a decent journalist investigating the execution of four people, their bodies stacked like cordwood in a vacant lot in Newark, New Jersey Seemingly, Parks actually wrote about a similar event while on assignment for The Star Ledger in 2004 Back to the book an [...]

    13. FACES OF THE GONE by Brad Parks was considered for an Edgar Award as best first novel This book is set in Newark, NJ, certainly one of the least salubrious locations I can think of Parks does not try to make the city something other than it is so Newark, with all its poverty and crime, is a character in the story.The story opens with the execution style murders of four drug dealers who are killed at one of the many vacant lots in the city The bodies are left in the open so they will be found qui [...]

    14. I was suckered into buying and worse reading this book by its reviews Faces of the Gone by Brad Parks.It set my teeth on edge and quivered my skin in repugnance It was even distressing to learn his debut novel garnered such excellent reader reviews on here on.This mystery features as protagonist Carter Ross, a gormless generally self satisfied sort from a prep school and almost ivy background who is semi aware of his privileged background and that is, presumably, part of the, er, fun since Ross [...]

    15. Even in notorious drug infested cities such as Newark, NJ four bodies, killed gang land style and stacked like cordwood, still pulls headlines for the local press Carter Ross, investigative journalist for the Newark Eagle Examiner catches a break when he feels that the local police have drawn a hasty conclusion to the reason for the killing and his leads take him to the dark under belly of the city.Making a connection with all four dead gang members through a special kind of heroin, almost pure [...]

    16. Parks shows promise with an often witty style and a decent mystery A first book, it suffers from common problems, mainly obviousness regarding characters The gay assistant can t just be gay, he has to be flamboyant The hot editrix isn t just lusty, she wants a sperm donor for a baby biological clock ladies, tick, tick, you better reproduce or you aren t a real woman The stripper hooker who decides to help the goofy white boy because he somehow wins her trust C mon Also, the story takes place in [...]

    17. Discovering a promising new writer is one of the real joys of reading Brad Parks was recommended to me and lives in Virginia There s no need to worry with author Brad Parks, however, as he s delivered a first rate crime thriller Although FACES OF THE GONE is Parks first novel, his prior career as a journalist well prepared him for this engaging story of Carter Ross, a reporter for the fictional Newark Eagle Examiner A quadruple homicide is front page news even in crime ridden Newark, and Ross is [...]

    18. I first read the Girl Next Door and enjoyed it so much that I went back to read the two earlier ones This is the debut novel and quite enjoyable It s got a great story of a man called the Director dealing 96% pure heroin brand named The Stuff In an effort to keep his brand clean, the Director executes four dealers who have cut the product 50% Carter Ross, an investigator reporter for the Newark daily newspaper, pursues the story and gets his house blown up and almost dies This is a great beginni [...]

    19. Faces of the Gone is a nice easy read that doesn t take itself too seriously We are dealing with a reporter and not a retired Special Forces, troubled background, stone killer, yadda yaddaa pleasant change The story is plausible and interesting, the protagonists well developed but the very slight spoiler alert main bad guy reacts in such an extreme fashion to the smallest problem that you know he would never have risen much past thug legman for an intelligent boss.

    20. A great addition to the list of authors who write thrillers about New Jersey this one is set in Newark Thanks to Joanne H for putting me on to this guy This is his debut novel and I look forward to reading from him Anyone who enjoys Harlan Coben, David Rosenfelt or Linwood Barclay three great thriller authors will probably enjoy this book as well

    21. It s a good thing I didn t have to work today I started this book and stayed up late to polish the whole thing off in one sitting Great characters and great mystery And definitely some humor view spoiler I almost peed in my pants from laughing at the chapter where Carter gets high when talking to the Brown gang hide spoiler Will definitely check out the rest of the series

    22. After finishing THE GOOD COP, which worked as a standalone , I m binge reading all of the Carter Ross books Brad Parks played fast and loose with one particular story line, but I was happy to see it all came to resolution at the very very end What s not to love about this series

    23. In this story, Carter Ross is an investigative reporter looking into the bizarre murder of 4 drug dealers The book has interesting characters, a good story, plenty of humor, and not too much romance which is how I like it Good book.

    24. Borrowing from Janet Evanovich, Brad Park walks the line between being funny and deadly serious In Carter Ross, Park has created a likable protagonist.

    25. 3 toilesCe livre est l uvre typique d un romancier am ricain Cette chose plut t curieuse qui place un journaliste d investigation au dessus de toutes les lois Carter Ross est ce journaliste il peut se rendre partout et surtout o la police n est pas, il poss de la confiance des gens et il obtient toujours des t moignages exclusifs puisqu il faut l admettre personne ne veut parler la police dans ce genre de roman Le personnage de Carter Ross m a fait rire Au cours de son enqu te, il d couvre le li [...]

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