VJ Books Presents Author Brad Parks!
Brad Parks was born in New Jersey in 1974, and spent his childhood in Ridgefield, Connecticut. He started his writing career at age 14, writing high school sports columns for the local paper. After high school, he went on the study journalism at Dartmouth College, where he ran his own sports newspaper. During his studies he worked for the Boston Globe and the New York Times, as an intern and a stringer, respectively, and after graduating, he landed a job at the Washington Post.
During his career as a journalist, Parks covered everything from sports to crime to national events. Of particular note was his retrospective series on the Newark Riots, Crossroads, which earned him the New Jersey Press Association's highest award for enterprise reporting.
Parks wrote his first novel as a way to kill time while his wife was in graduate school. His debut novel, Faces of the Gone, was the start of what would be come a series of novels following reporter Carter Ross. It was incredibly well-received, garnering rave reviews and winning the Shamus Award for best first novel and the Nero Award in 2010. This earned Faces of the Gone the distinction of being the first novel to win both of these prestigious awards.
Since then, Parks has left journalism to write novels full time. His writing process consists of drinking copious amounts of caffeinated beverages while sitting in restaurants for hours on end, and he usually finishes each first draft in three short months. In addition to a couple of stand-alone novels, there are now six books in the Carter Ross series. When he's not writing, Parks enjoys singing, running, swimming, and public speaking (usually about writing).
Parks lives in Virginia with his wife and their two children.
Brad Parks Bibliography
Carter Ross Mystery Series
- Faces of the Gone - 2009
- Eyes of the Innocent - 2011
- The Girl Next Door - 2012
- The Good Cop - 2013
- The Player - 2014
- The Fraud - 2015
- Say Nothing - 2017
- Closer Than You Know - March 2018
Brad Parks Awards
- 2010 Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel to Faces of the Gone
- 2010 Nero Award for Best American Mystery to Faces of the Gone
- 2013 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery to The Girl Next Door
- 2014 Shamus Award for Best Private Eye Novel to The Good Cop
- 2014 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery to The Good Cop
- 2016 Library of Virginia People's Choice Award Finalist for The Fraud
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