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Parks novel among book critic’s top 100

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Award-winning author Brad Parks’ latest novel has been listed among the Best Fiction of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews, one of the nation’s leading book review publications.

Kirkus selected “The Girl Next Door” as one of the year’s top 100 books out of the approximately 7,000 it reviewed this year.

In its praise, Kirkus said of Parks: “With his third featuring brash, breezy, unflappable Carter Ross, Parks propels himself to a niche shared by only a handful of others: writers who can manage the comedy-mystery.”

“The Girl Next Door” was one of just a handful of mysteries to make the list, which also included novels by Junot Diaz, Dave Eggers and Elie Wiesel.

“Kirkus is one of the most respected voices in the publishing world,” Parks said. “It’s a real honor to have my work mentioned alongside some of these incredible writers.”

A resident of Middlesex County, Parks is a past winner of the Nero and Shamus awards, and is the only author to have won both awards for the same book. His next novel starring investigative reporter Carter Ross, “The Good Cop,” releases March 5, 2013.

While he plans to continue the Ross series, Parks’ current work-in-progress is a legal thriller set in Mathews County. It is tentatively scheduled for publication in 2014.

posted 11.28.2012

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