For ten years as a reporter with The Star-Ledger in Newark, Brad Parks chronicled the devastation caused by illegal guns on the streets of one of America’s toughest cities.
Then he signed a book deal, moved south, and saw where many of those guns had been coming from.
That journey is reflected in The Good Cop, Parks’s fourth novel featuring investigative reporter Carter Ross. Parks will discuss his writing and sign copies of his new book at the Springfield Barnes & Noble on Sunday, March 10th at 2pm.
The Good Cop traces illegal gun smuggling from a sporting goods store in Virginia up Interstate 95 to New Jersey, where many of the guns used in crimes are believed to be unlawful.
“The story Carter chases is fictional, but the issue is real,” Parks said. “This is not some leftist polemic about gun control – both sides of this debate acknowledge that an illegal gun is a problem. And there’s a reason why law enforcement calls I-95 ‘the iron pipeline.’ It’s a conduit from places where gun laws are lax to places where they’re tight. And it’s helping to fuel the epidemic of violence that continues to plague our cities.”
The book has already received glowing reviews. The Associated Press says, "Parks’ laid-back narration and appealing protagonist add up to a great lighthearted read. Though it’s the fourth Carter Ross book, newcomers won’t feel lost."
And Library Journal adds, "Parks’s award-winning series is essential reading. This fourth entry ... is a fine blend of suspense, bumbling-with-a-purpose detecting, and a chatty, humorous tone that the author makes seem effortless."
Parks, 38, is considered one of the rising stars of the crime fiction genre. After an award-studded career The Washington Post and The Star-Ledger, Parks left the newspaper world in 2008. Originally from New Jersey, Parks now lives in Virginia where he is at work on the next book in the Carter Ross series.
For more information about the event, please see the Springfield Barnes & Noble website.