Authors on Stage with Brad Parks
Brad Parks holds the unique honor of being the first author in the combined 60-year history of the awards to win both the Nero Award for Best American Mystery and the Shamus Award for Best First Mystery for his debut novel, Faces of the Gone. New Canaan Library is pleased to announce Parks will appear at the Library on Thursday, April 26th, to introduce his newest mystery, The Girl Next Door. The event is co-sponsored by Elm Street Books and will take place at 7:30 pm in the Adrian Lamb room.
The Girl Next Door is Brad Parks’s third mystery, starring, once again, fictional investigative reporter Carter Ross, voted by readers "The World's Favorite Amateur Sleuth" in a 64 sleuth tournament, beating out even Agatha Christie’s famous Miss Marple. As investigative reporters will do, Ross lets his sleuthing side get the best of him, leading him into areas that he might be better off not delving into. While reading his own newspaper’s obituaries he’s struck by the untimely death of young Nancy Marino, victim of a hit-and-run while delivering copies of that very paper, the Eagle-Examiner. Ross’s desire to write a heart-warming story about Nancy and her tragic death takes another turn altogether when her sister convinces him that Nancy’s death might not have been so accidental after all. Maybe kind Nancy had another
side to her life that featured a host of enemies, including the publisher of the Eagle-Examiner.
Brad Parks is the author of three mystery novels, including his acclaimed debut novel Faces of the Gone. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Parks began writing professionally at age 14 as a reporter for his hometown newspaper, The Ridgefield Press. Thus began a 20-year career in journalism, including stops at The Washington Post and The Newark Star-Ledger. Parks covered areas that ranged from sports and local interest to headline news such as Hurricane Katrina. Parks left reporting and is now a full-time novelist. He lives with his wife and two small children in Virginia.