"Writing a story with someone else's notes is a bit like baking a cake with someone else's batter."
Ambitious thirty-something CARTER ROSS is the would-be hard-boiled, would-be star writer and designated smartass for the Newark Eagle-Examiner -- or at least he would be if he could just keep his emotions and idealism in check long enough to find the right story.
Parks, a former Washington Post reporter, knows of what he speaks, and he nails the fragile personalities and seesaw dynamics of a modern-day city newsroom.
So well, in fact, that Faces of the Gone (2009), the debut novel in the series, nabbed a Shamus for Best First P.I. Novel in 2010.
"The Nightgown" (February 2012, CriminalElements.com)
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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