Carter Ross

7 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 704 ratings

Faces of the Gone Publisher's Summary

Four bodies, each with a single bullet wound in the back of the head, stacked like cordwood in a weed-choked vacant lot: Thats 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 is a Nero Award Finalist and has been named to lists of the year's best mystery debuts by the Chicago Sun-Times and South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Treading the same literary turf as Harlan Coben, and writing with a fresh Jersey voice, Brad Parks makes an energetic, impressive debut.

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  • Book 1

    • Faces of the Gone

    • Carter Ross, Book 1
    • By: Brad Parks
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 295
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 255
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 257

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wish Brad Parks were more prolific!!!!

    • By shelley on 02-16-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • Eyes of the Innocent

    • Carter Ross, Book 2
    • By: Brad Parks
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 123

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If you like Rick Mofina - get Brad Parks!

    • By shelley on 02-03-18

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • The Girl Next Door

    • Carter Ross, Book 3
    • By: Brad Parks
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 106

    Reading his own newspaper’s obituaries, veteran reporter Carter Ross comes across that of a woman named Nancy Marino, who was the victim of a hit-and-run while she was on the job delivering copies of that very paper, the Eagle-Examiner. Struck by the opportunity to write a heroic piece about an everyday woman killed too young, he heads to her wake to gather tributes and anecdotes. It’s the last place Ross expects to find controversy - which is exactly what happens when one of Nancy’s sisters convinces him that the accident might not have been accidental at all.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Definitely in my top 10 authors!!

    • By shelley on 02-05-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • The Good Cop

    • Carter Ross, Book 4
    • By: Brad Parks
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    As long as Newark Eagle-Examiner reporter Carter Ross turns in his stories on deadline, no one bats an eye if he doesn't wander into the newsroom until 10 or 11 in the morning. So it's an unpleasant surprise when he's awakened at 8:38 by a phone call from his boss, telling him a local policeman was killed and Carter will be covering the story, starting immediately. He's baffled when, hours later, there are still no other reporters at the widow's house. And then he gets another call from his boss: the story's off, the cop committed suicide.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Who'd believe there's corruption in Newark!!!

    • By shelley on 02-06-18

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 5

    • The Player

    • A Carter Ross Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Brad Parks
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    When he hears residents of a Newark neighborhood are getting sick - and even dying - from a strange disease, investigative reporter Carter Ross dives into the story - so deep he comes down with the illness himself. With even more motivation to track down the source of the disease, Carter soon hits upon a nearby construction site.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Think Erin Brockovich...

    • By shelley on 03-10-18
    • A Carter Ross Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Brad Parks
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Release date: 03-04-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 49 ratings

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 6

    • The Fraud

    • By: Brad Parks
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    In a rash of carjackings, Newark becomes newsworthy when one such theft ends in the murder of a wealthy banking executive. The affable, wisecracking Ross is assigned the story. To balance his reporting, he finds a Nigerian immigrant of more modest means who was also killed during a recent carjacking. It turns out the two victims knew each other, sharing an unexplained round of golf at a country club shortly before their deaths.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A delightful mix of suspense, humor, and sarcasm!

    • By Wayne on 03-03-18

    Regular price: $34.99