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By Brad Parks

Carter Ross, the sometimes-dashing investigative reporter for the Newark Eagle-Examiner, is again, and reporting at the most up-to-date tragedy to befall Newark, New Jersey, a fast-moving apartment fireplace that kills boys.

With the aid of the paper's latest intern, a bubbly blonde often called "Sweet Thang," Carter reveals the victims' mom, Akilah Harris, who spins a story of woe a couple of loan fee reset that compelled her to paintings jobs and depart her younger boys with out baby care. Carter turns in a front-page function, yet quickly discovers Akilah isn't what she turns out. And nor is the fireplace.

When Newark councilman Windy Byers is pronounced lacking, it launches Carter into the sordid global of city house-flipping and Jersey-style political corruption. together with his traditional mixture of humor, compassion, and road smarts, Carter is quickly calling on a few of his friends—gay Cuban sidekick Tommy Hernandez, T-shirt-selling blood brother Tee Jamison, and on-and-off female friend Tina Thompson—for assist in monitoring down the shadowy determine at the back of it all.

Brad Parks's debut, Faces of the Gone, gained the Shamus Award and Nero Award for most sensible American secret. It was once heralded as an attractive mixture of Harlan Coben and Janet Evanovich. Now Parks solidifies his position as one of many brightest new abilities in crime fiction with this genuine, interesting mystery

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I reach into the drawer, slide out a wicked knife, and whittle a half-inch away from all four sides of the cake. Precisely. Like a surgeon amputating someone’s arms and legs. I chew thoughtfully. “Good job,” I hear Old Lady Campbell telling Zack. “Good job,” I say to what’s left of the crumb cake. But why am I uneasy? I have a lot to be uneasy about. And the very worst is Diglio, with a bomb unburied in his backyard. Bomb. I stand up. The chair tips over and bangs against the refrigerator. I rush down the hall—­past the bedroom with Fred in a frenzy—­and slam open the studio door.

Ursula’s front lawn, get soaked in the sprinkler, and head for our kitchen door. 54 Chapter 10 Mom is in the backyard with Mary, pruning the rosebush. “Maybe I can save it yet,” she says. ” I don’t stop. ” She wipes her forehead. ” “Learning Bach,” Zack says. I’m almost dancing up and down on the back steps as he launches into Bach’s life story. He’s probably making half of it up. At last we skitter into the kitchen and grab a pair of tuna fish sandwiches to take with us. Linny blocks the hallway.

But now Zack is making pizza eyes at me that fortunately Pop can’t see. For a moment I’m confused. Then I see Pop’s shovel leaning against the wall with his wire cutters, hacksaw, and a loop of rope. I hardly pay attention to the rest of Pop’s talk. I’m trying to think how we’ll explain what we’re doing with 37 that stuff. I decide to meet the whole thing head-on. “We’ll build Steadman a playhouse,” I say. But for once Zack doesn’t get it. ” His voice is desperate. I understand. Following Steadman around will make this the worst summer on record.

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