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Faces of the gone

Parks, Brad

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ISBN 10: 0312574770 / ISBN 13: 9780312574772
Published by Minotaur Books, New York, 2009
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Large octavo in brown and black color illus jacket; 330 pages ; 22 cm. Fine in fine jacket; small remainder mark to top edge. Fine copy of the first printing of author's first book. "Four bodies, each with a single bullet wound in the back of the head, stacked like cordwood in a weed-choked vacant lot. That's the front-page news facing Carter Ross, investigative reporter with the Newark Eagle-Examiner. The victims--an exotic dancer, a drug dealer, a hustler, and a mama's boy--came from different parts of the city and didn't seem to know one another. The police, eager to calm jittery residents, leak a theory that the murders are revenge for a bar stickup. Determined to uncover the true story, Carter enlists the aide of city editor Tina Thompson to run interference at the office; gay Cuban intern Tommy Hernandez to help him with legwork on the streets; and stripper Tynesha Dales to take him to Newark's underside. It turns out that the four victims have one connection after all, and this knowledge will put Carter on the path of one very ambitious killer." || Ross, Carter (Fictitious character) -- Fiction. Reporters and reporting -- Fiction. Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction. Murder -- Investigation. Reporters and reporting. Ross, Carter (Fictitious character) Reporters and reporting -- Fiction. Homicide -- Fiction. Criminal investigation -- Fiction.Fiction. Mystery fiction. Newark (N.J.) -- Fiction. New Jersey -- Newark. Newark (N.J.) -- Fiction. First edition, first printing (full number line). Bookseller Inventory # 86275

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Title: Faces of the gone

Publisher: Minotaur Books, New York

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Four bodies, each with a single bullet wound in the back of the head, stacked like cordwood in a weed-choked vacant lot: That’s the front-page news facing Carter Ross, investigative reporter with the Newark Eagle-Examiner.  Immediately dispatched to the scene, Carter learns that the four victims—an exotic dancer, a drug dealer, a hustler, and a mama’s boy—came from different parts of the city and didn’t seem to know one another.

The police, eager to calm jittery residents, leak a theory that the murders are revenge for a bar stickup, and Carter’s paper, hungry for a scoop, hastily prints it. Carter doesn’t come from the streets, but he understands a thing or two about Newark’s neighborhoods. And he knows there are no quick answers when dealing with a crime like this.

Determined to uncover the true story, he enlists the aide of Tina Thompson, the paper’s smoking-hot city editor, to run interference at the office; Tommy Hernandez, the paper’s gay Cuban intern, to help him with legwork on the streets; and Tynesha Dales, a local stripper, to take him to Newark’s underside. It turns out that the four victims have one connection after all, and this knowledge will put Carter on the path of one very ambitious killer.

Faces of the Gone won the Shamus Award for Best First Novel and the Nero Award for Best American Mystery--it is the first book to receive both awards. The book was named to lists of the year's best mystery debuts by the Chicago Sun-Times and South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

About the Author:

Brad Parks is a Shamus and Nero Award winner. He spent a dozen years as a reporter with The Washington Post and The [Newark, N.J.] Star-Ledger. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he lives with his wife and two small children in Virginia, where he is currently working on the next Carter Ross adventure.

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