Faces of the Gone

Faces of the Gone

Book - 2009
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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 .

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312574772
Branch Call Number: MYS Park
Characteristics: 330p


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Apr 17, 2017

In interesting story about newspaper reporter Carter Ross and his attempt to reveal the secrets behind four executions. The first and second thirds of the story were very good, but I found the ending absurd and unsatisfying.

Sep 23, 2012

Very good and easy written book.

Jun 12, 2012

Investigative Reporter Carter Ross is a very funny guy who has to chase down the story behind four murders. He quickly finds out that newspaper reporting can have serious consequences. I'm looking forward to the next book - hurry it up!

Jun 21, 2011

What a delight to find a new author like Brad Parks. This is a very well-crafted novel with a plot that kept me turning the pages and characters that are well-developed, human (as in not perfect) and very likable. It has just the right amount of humor to keep it from being grim without devolving into a tongue-in-cheek mystery comedy.

Mar 23, 2011

A well written, exciting novel. I can't wait to read his next book.

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