THE GOOD COP by Brad Parks

THE GOOD COP

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Genial reporter Carter Ross, who never met a wisecrack he didn’t like, goes up against every police officer in Newark in defense of a dead cop’s good name.

Detective Sgt. Darius Kipps’ widow, Mimi, assures Carter that her husband was a good guy, and Carter, not normally one to be suckered by sentiment, believes her. So why did Kipps get roaring drunk and shoot himself in the 4th Precinct station? The short answer is that he didn’t. He never drank the bourbon he must have been force-fed on the last night of his life, and even the most cursory look at his corpse—which Carter gets courtesy of some highly improbable help from Powell, a well-placed party buddy of his punk librarian girlfriend, Kira O’Brien—reveals ligature marks on his wrists and ankles dating from shortly before his death. So why have Newark’s finest, from Capt. Denise Boswell on down, closed ranks behind the story of his suicide? Clearly because they’re not so fine after all, a conclusion that becomes even more obvious when Kipps’ partner, Mike Fusco, becomes a second suspicious suicide after blurting out an unlikely confession that he killed his partner. Targeted for death by a gun-selling concern whose tentacles reach deep into the Newark Police Department, Carter can only pray that his luck holds out till he’s rescued by somebody more powerful than he is.

The combination of Borscht-Belt dialogue, ebullient first-person narration, and mean Jersey streets with lots of menace but very little mystery, makes Carter (The Girl Next Door, 2012, etc.) a strong contender for the title of best Stephanie Plum male impersonator.

Pub Date: March 5th, 2013
ISBN: 9781-250-00552-6
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Minotaur
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2013




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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