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Brad Parks

Biography

Brad Parks

Brad Parks is the only author to have won the Shamus, Nero and Lefty Awards, three of crime fiction’s most prestigious prizes. A former reporter with The Washington Post and The Star-Ledger (Newark), he lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.

Brad Parks

Books by Brad Parks

by Brad Parks - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

One Tuesday evening, Melanie Barrick goes to pick up her son, Alex, from childcare only to discover he's been removed by Social Services. Her nightmare mushrooms when she arrives home to learn her house has been raided by sheriff's deputies, who have found enough cocaine to send Melanie to prison for years. Meanwhile, assistant commonwealth's attorney Amy Kaye --- who has been assigned Melanie's case --- has her own troubles. She's been dogged by a cold case no one wants her to pursue: a serial rapist who has avoided detection by wearing a mask and whispering his commands. Over the years, he has victimized dozens of women. Including Melanie. Yet now her attacker might be the key to her salvation…or her undoing.

by Brad Parks - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: A prestigious job. A loving marriage. A pair of healthy children. Then a phone call begins every parent’s most chilling nightmare. Scott’s six-year-old twins, Sam and Emma, have been taken. The judge must rule exactly as instructed in a drug case he is about to hear. If he refuses, the consequences for the children will be dire. For Scott and his wife Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit and terror. Through it all, they will stop at nothing to get their children back, no matter the cost to themselves…or to each other.

by Brad Parks - Crime, Fiction, International Intrigue, Mystery, Suspense

A rash of carjackings terrorizing Newark become newsworthy when one such theft ends in the murder of a wealthy banking executive. When a Nigerian immigrant is also killed during a recent carjacking, and it is discovered that the two victims knew each other, investigative reporter Carter Ross is plunged onto the trail of a deadly band of car thieves that includes a sociopathic ex-convict. When his unborn child is put in harm's way, it becomes more than just a story for Carter. He'll stop at nothing to rescue the baby, even if it costs him his own life.

by Brad Parks - Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

When he hears residents of a Newark neighborhood are getting sick and even dying from a strange disease, investigative reporter Carter Ross dives into the story --- so deep he comes down with the illness himself. With even more motivation to track down the source of the disease, Carter soon hits upon a nearby construction site. But when the project’s developer is found dead, and his mob ties surface, Carter knows he’s looking at a story much bigger than an environmental hazard.

by Brad Parks - Fiction, Mystery

Reporter Carter Ross heads off to interview the widow of a cop who allegedly committed suicide. But Carter can’t understand why a man with a job he loved, a beautiful wife and adorable children would suddenly kill himself. And when his widow makes a public statement to the same effect and Carter’s calls to the police and the morgue are repeatedly blocked, it's clear someone knows more than he's saying about the cop's death.

by Brad Parks - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

Reading his own newspaper’s obituaries, veteran reporter Carter Ross comes across that of a woman who was the victim of a hit-and-run while she was on the job delivering copies of that very paper. Struck by the opportunity to write a heroic piece about an everyday woman killed too young, he heads to her wake to gather tributes and anecdotes. Will his nose for trouble finally take him too far?

by Brad Parks - Fiction, Mystery

Investigative reporter Carter Ross is reporting on the latest tragedy to befall Newark, New Jersey: a house fire that kills two boys. With the help of the paper’s newest intern, Carter finds out that the victims’ mother, Akilah Harris, isn't what she seems.