Apr 19, 2012

The Girl Next Door by Brad Parks

Title: The Girl Next Door by Brad Parks
Published March 13, 2012 by Minotaur Books
Source: ARC for review
Genre: mystery

Book description: "When a delivery person for the Eagle-Examiner ends up in the paper's obituaries, investigative reporter Carter Ross decides to write a human interest piece on her. But at the funeral, he learns that this kind-hearted victim of a hit-and-run may have had a few enemies - including the publisher of their own paper. Suddenly Carter's little story is big news. And the deeper he digs, the deadlier it gets..."

Comments: As a former newsroom employee, I was amused and just a bit delighted that this mystery was set in a newspaper, with managers, editors, reporters, newspaper deliverers, union employees, and of course, a publisher. It described a familiar environment. I was even more amused when the publisher and possibly an editor of the paper became the main suspects in this murder mystery. Toward the last quarter of the book, I guessed who the hit-and-run culprit was, although I didn't guess the motives.

A delightful read for me, especially the first half of the book, set in the newsroom, with its own code of behavior, rules, and modus operandi. I recommend this book for those who also love a good mystery and are curious about the inner workings of a newspaper.

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 this is his third novel in the mystery series.

12 comments:

  1. This one is new to me, but I'm really curious! I'm adding this one to my wish list.

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  2. I have never read a mystery that was placed in this setting, and think that it would be fun to check this one out! I am glad that you enjoyed it and that it took you back to times past a little bit! Great review today!

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  3. This book does sound interesting, a good way to learn about the inner workings of a newspaper. Wonderful review, Harvee!

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  4. It is interesting to learn about the behind the scenes of the newspaper plus this sounds like a good mystery. Great review!

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  5. I love when books provide a glimpse into a profession (especially one I do find interesting) along with the rest of the storyline. I'll keep this one in line.

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  6. What is your dog's name-the little pup is a cutie.

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  7. Although I've never worked in a newsroom I find books about them really good for some reason. This one sounds pretty good.

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  8. Esme: That's Harvey, our bichon frise who was with us about 14 years. Still miss him :)

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  9. I love the sound o this one and the fact that the first part revolves around the newsroom...sounds good!

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  10. I am itching to get to this one, its sitting there taunting me lol Working through two books first though. Glad you liked it though it sounds fun.

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  11. I've always been curious about a newsroom so this one is going on my list right now :)

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  12. I finished it tonight ... it's good!

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