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Middlesex’s Brad Parks wins second straight Lefty Award

Brad Parks of Middlesex County holds the Lefty Award presented to him for “The Good Cop.” (Photo by Darrell Hoemann)

For the second consecutive year, Brad Parks has won the Lefty Award, given annually to the best humorous mystery.

Parks won for his 2013 novel, “The Good Cop,” his fourth book featuring wisecracking investigative reporter Carter Ross. Parks had previously won for his 2012 work, “The Girl Next Door.”

In doing so, he joined No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich as the only author to win Leftys in consecutive years. Just as Parks won for his third and fourth books, Evanovich did for “Three to Get Deadly” and “Four to Score.”

“I feel so fortunate to have been given this award once,” Parks said. “To win it twice, and to join a list with someone like Janet Evanovich, is a high honor.”

Other nominees included Timothy Hallinan, Lisa Lutz, Cindy Sample and Donna Andrews, the only three-time Lefty Award winner and the only other multiple Lefty winner besides Parks and Evanovich.

Parks has also won the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America and the Nero Award from the Wolfe Pack Literary Society. He remains the only author to have claimed all three honors.

A resident of Middlesex County, Parks was presented the Lefty Award in Monterey, Calif., at Left Coast Crime, a conference for fans of mystery novels held each year in the Western United States. Parks also served as Left Coast Crime’s toastmaster. Among his duties was interviewing the guest of honor, Sue Grafton, author of the popular series that began with “A is for Alibi,” and giving a keynote speech to the 850 conference attendees.

Parks is currently on tour for his fifth novel, “The Player,” which released in March. It received starred reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews and was an RT Book Reviews “Top Pick.” It was recently featured in The Washington Post, which called it, “A highly entertaining tale and one of the best portraits of a working reporter since Michael Connelly’s ‘The Poet.’ ”

The tour includes visits to the Upper King William Branch of the Pamunkey Regional Library on Thursday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m., and the Lancaster Community Library on Monday, May 19, at 2:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

posted 04.02.2014

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