For ten years as a reporter at The Star-Ledger, Brad Parks chronicled the devastation caused by illegal guns on the streets of Newark.
Then he signed a book deal, moved south, and saw where many of those guns had been coming from.
That journey is reflected in THE GOOD COP, Parks’s fourth novel featuring investigative reporter Carter Ross. The book is published by Minotaur, and Parks will make several stops throughout New Jersey in March to discuss the novel and sign copies. For dates and details, please see http://www.bradparksbooks.com/events.php
Told in Ross’s signature wisecracking-but-compassionate tone, THE GOOD COP traces illegal gun smuggling from a sporting goods store in Virginia up Interstate 95 to New Jersey, where many of the guns used in crimes are believed to be unlawful.
“The story Carter chases is fictional, but the issue is real,” Parks said. “This is not some leftist polemic about gun control – both sides of this debate acknowledge that an illegal gun is a problem. And there’s a reason why law enforcement calls I-95 ‘the iron pipeline.’ It’s a conduit from places where gun laws are lax to places where they’re tight. And it’s helping to fuel the epidemic of violence that continues to plague our cities.”
The book has received glowing advance reviews. The Associated Press says, “Parks’ laid-back narration and appealing protagonist add up to a great lighthearted read. Though it’s the fourth Carter Ross book, newcomers won’t feel lost.”
And Publisher’s Weekly adds, “Satisfying…. Parks nails the newspaper milieu and the Newark setting, while his solid cast of characters should keep readers eagerly awaiting the next installment.”
Parks, 38, lived in Maplewood for ten years while he was a reporter with The Star Ledger. He left the newspaper world in 2008. Originally from New Jersey, Parks now lives in Virginia where he is at work on the next book in the Carter Ross series.