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Eyes of the Innocent: Carter Ross, Book 2 | [Brad Parks]

Eyes of the Innocent: Carter Ross, Book 2

Carter Ross, the sometimes-dashing investigative reporter for the Newark Eagle-Examiner, is back, and reporting on the latest tragedy to befall Newark, New Jersey: a fast-moving house fire that kills two boys. With the help of the papers newest intern, a bubbly blonde known as Sweet Thang, Carter finds the victims mother, Akilah Harris, who spins a tale of woe about a mortgage rate reset that forced her to work two jobs and leave her young boys without child care. But she's not what she seems....
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Audible Editor Reviews

Investigative journalist Carter Ross is always in search of a story that isn’t BBI (boring but important), and the death of two young brothers in a suspicious house fire in Newark, NJ turns out to be anything but boring. Single-mother Akilah Harris’ anguish over the loss of her boys is genuine, but everything else about her story quickly unravels as Ross and his intrepid team of colleagues at the Eagle-Examiner discover that the fire is connected to the sensational disappearance and murder of city councilman Wendell “Windy” Byers, Jr. Brad Parks, a former Washington Post reporter, uses the recent economic downturn, mortgage scams, and decline of print journalism as a backdrop to this modern mystery.

Narrator Macleod Andrews is the Rich Little of voices, and with a large cast of characters and rapid-fire dialogue to interpret, his vocal skills get a full workout. Andrews’ reading of Carter Ross is both conversational and a tad condescending, which perfectly fits the veteran, street-smart reporter. But where Andrews really flies is interpreting the secondary characters, including the newspaper’s gruff, vowel-challenged editor, the various urban dialects of the African-American characters, and gay intern Tommy Hernandez, who, at first, sounds a little too much like Hank Azaria’s Agodar in The Birdcage before Andrews reins him in to create a savvy character who adds levity to the twisty, violent story.

Andrews also impressively excels with the various female characters, especially Ross’ sidekick, Lauren “Sweet Thang” McMillan. The way Andrews raises his voice an octave to deliver Sweet Thang’s spacey monologues is worth the price of admission alone. While Sweet Thang might come across as an airhead, her ability to interact and empathize with everyone from thugs to grieving widows helps find the clues linking Akilah to Windy Byers, proving there’s a true reporter behind the non-sequiturs. Andrews’ singular voice contains multitudes and his take on Parks’ entertaining thriller will have you intrigued, laughing, and on the edge of your seat to the very end. —Collin Kelley

Publisher's Summary

Carter Ross, the sometimes-dashing investigative reporter for the Newark Eagle-Examiner, is back, and reporting on the latest tragedy to befall Newark, New Jersey: a fast-moving house fire that kills two boys. With the help of the papers newest intern, a bubbly blonde known as Sweet Thang, Carter finds the victim's mother, Akilah Harris, who spins a tale of woe about a mortgage rate reset that forced her to work two jobs and leave her young boys without child care.

Carter turns in a front-page feature, but soon discovers Akilah isnt what she seems. And neither is the fire. When Newark councilman Windy Byers is reported missing, it launches Carter into the sordid world of urban house-flipping and Jersey-style political corruption.

With his usual mix of humor, compassion, and street smarts, Carter is soon calling on some of his friends - gay Cuban sidekick Tommy Hernandez, T-shirt-selling buddy Tee Jamison, and on-and-off girlfriend Tina Thompson - for help in tracking down the shadowy figure behind it all.

Brad Parks' debut, Faces of the Gone, won the Shamus Award and Nero Award for Best American Mystery. It was heralded as an engaging mix of Harlan Coben and Janet Evanovich. Now Parks solidifies his place as one of the brightest new talents in crime fiction with this authentic, entertaining thriller.

©2011 Brad Parks (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This book held me hostage until the last page." (Michael Connelly)

"Carter Ross is not only a first-rate investigative reporter; he’s also a first-rate comic. It’s a rare mystery that provides a good laugh on almost every page. One can only hope that Brad Parks has more mysteries for Carter Ross to solve in future books." (The Star-Ledger, Newark)

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    Will Piscataway 07-06-14
    Will Piscataway 07-06-14 Member Since 2014

    Newbie to the book listening game. Photojournalist for a local TV Station in New Jersey. Enjoy history, Mysteries & Thrillers.

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    "Great Story, Sweet Thang made it a treat."
    What did you love best about Eyes of the Innocent?

    Strangely the historic aspect about Newark I didn't know about, some of his side descriptions sent me on a research marathon.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eyes of the Innocent?

    Sweet Thang being so naive about Akilah.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Macleod Andrew's owns this character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Carter Ross, Crime Solver.


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    Valerie Marietta, GA, United States 01-07-14
    Valerie Marietta, GA, United States 01-07-14

    I get so excited sometimes about writing a review..good or bad...that why sometimes I misspell words..lol..

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    "Im hooked on the Carter Ross series!!"

    I love Carter Ross series of books! Brad Parks did a wonderful job with a mixture of humor and mystery but not in an unbelievable way! Also Macleod Andrews...a wonderful pick! I listened to my first book from the library now I want to download all!

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    Terry Corvallis, OR, United States 10-20-11
    Terry Corvallis, OR, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Mystery"

    I have some reservations about this book, but overall I would recommend it. I've read literally thousands of mysteries, and I'm darned hard to please, so a 4 star from me means something! On the other hand, the reader is not very good. He is boring, which is bad enough, but also does those phony baloney voices.

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    Richard Fort Worth, TX, United States 03-14-11
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    "Disappointing"

    I had high expectations for this book based on the high ratings it received from 4 reviewers. I was very disappointed. The narration was fine. The story was simplistic and largely unbelievable in several parts. I recommend you take a pass on this one.

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    Beverly Hermosa Beach, CA, United States 03-06-11
    Beverly Hermosa Beach, CA, United States 03-06-11

    bella jackson

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    Fun journalistic mystery. The narrator is fine as the journalist and other men in the story but he makes the women (especially the female protagonist) sound like a ditz. Voices of females too high and scratchy- really irritating-changes the tone of the story and made it hard to listen to. Except for voices, the story would have earned 3 stars. Sorry.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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