EYES OF THE INNOCENT by Brad Parks

EYES OF THE INNOCENT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Investigative reporter Carter Ross returns to chase the case of the vanished city councilor. After all, who says white men can’t jump?

The star reporter for the Newark Eagle-Examiner looks every inch the bred-in-the-bone, “can’t-dance-a-lick WASP.” Carter Ross himself would be the last to deny it. He parts his hair carefully, wears neatly ironed shirts, unfailingly white or blue, and is seldom seen without his tie knotted in the half-Windsor that’s become his signature. “Even white people tease me about how white I am,” he acknowledges, but that’s OK. In inner-city Newark, his journalistic stamping ground of choice, he flourishes. Carter’s authenticity works for him. He honestly likes the city, worn-down parts, broken people and all. Which explains why he can respond so empathically to grief-stricken Akilah Harris in her terrible time of trouble and make her story heart-tuggingly real to his readers. Never mind that it’s basically unreal, that her troubles have a basis other than the one she cited—that they’re tied directly to the disappearance of crooked Councilman Wendell “Windy” Byers, Akilah’s sweetie. Suddenly Carter finds himself confronting evil forces ruthlessly intent on inflicting serious harm. But street-smart Carter, appearances notwithstanding, has all the moves he needs to stay one step ahead. Or one jump.

A breezy, entertaining sequel to Parks’ well-received debut (Faces of the Gone, 2009).

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-57478-9
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Minotaur
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2010




Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >

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