Author: Brad Parks
Length: 345 pages
Where Bethany’s Copy Came From: Review copy provided by the author
Plot Basics: Newark, New Jersey, always suffers from carjackings. But when a seemingly respectable business man is killed during one, the newspaper takes note and assigns investigative reporter Carter Ross to sniff out a story. Carter realizes there are more victims than just one white man. But his digging takes him close to the edge of illegal activity and puts his very pregnant girlfriend and editor in peril.
Banter Points: This series keeps getting better. Carter is such a wonderful narrator and Parks’ portrayal of modern journalism is so spot on. Also, Parks is doing what I’m not seeing Lee Child do (and wish he would). Each plot stands alone, but time is moving around Carter in ways that he has to deal with and the personal part of Carter’s life ties it all together.
Also, there’s solid mystery in these pages with plenty of twists and turns. It’s no wonder Parks keeps winning awards for his books.
Bummer Points: It’s not a bummer yet, but Carter does a major thing at the end of the book that I hope Parks uses in the future to push Carter’s character farther. If he doesn’t, I’ll be bummed then.
Word Nerd Recommendation: I’d say go back and read the whole series, but really you can jump in at any point and The Fraud isn’t a bad place to start.