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The Player

The Player

A Carter Ross Mystery

Carter Ross Mysteries (Volume 5)

Brad Parks

Minotaur Books

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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—and with even more dangerous consequences—than an environmental hazard.

Back in the newsroom, Carter has his hands full with his current girlfriend and with the paper's newest eager intern, not to mention his boss and former girlfriend Tina Thompson, who has some news for Carter that's about to make tangling with the mob seem simple by comparison, in The Player by Brad Parks.

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Even in an era when American print media has plunged into inexorable and perhaps terminal decline, even at a time when tech moguls are buying up venerated news-gathering organizations with their equivalent of couch change,...

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Praise for The Player

“A highly entertaining tale and one of the best portraits of a working reporter since Michael Connelly's The Poet.” —The Washington Post

“What makes Parks such a fantastic storyteller is his main cast of characters, all of whom feel real. Parks has quietly entered the top echelon of the mystery field.” —RT Book Reviews (Top Pick! 4 ½ stars)

“Expect a complicated, thrilling ending with a splash of mayhem. Parks, a gifted storyteller (with shades of Mark Twain or maybe Dave Barry), shows his mastery of the comic absurd behind serious journalism.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Muckraking has rarely been so meaty or so funny.” —Kirkus (starred review)

“Engaging…Parks smoothly blends grit and wit.” —Publishers Weekly

In the Press

Reporter Carter Ross finds himself in another murder investigation, this time involving big-city toxic waste. - The Washington Post

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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 for The Washington Post and The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, The Player is his fifth novel. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two small children.

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