Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Monday, March 19, 2012
The Girl Next Door, by Brad Parks
Parks is smart and funny and he tells a good story that makes you feel like you're getting the inside scoop on the newspaper business. Here Carter Ross starts by trying to write a touching little article to honor a hard-working, girl-next-door paper deliverer who was killed in a hit-and-run accident, and ends up putting his job and his life in jeopardy. Parks has gotten more restrained in his use of the gay Cuban reporter and the biological-clock driven editor as comic elements, which makes me like him even more.