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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.
©2009 Brad Parks (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Brad Parks [has] delivered a first-rate crime thriller.... Faces of the Gone is gritty and hard boiled, but with a sly sense of humor. This strong and confident debut is sure to make an appearance on many 'best of' and awards lists. Parks is a bright new talent whom readers will hopefully be able to enjoy for years to come." ( Chicago Sun-Times)
"This is the most hilariously funny and deadly serious mystery debut since Janet Evanovich's One for the Money. Former journalist Parks has learned the art of making words flow and dialog zing. Fans of the NFL's Cleveland Browns will find the Brick City Browns street gang an added delight." ( Library Journal)
2010 Shamus Award, Best First P.I. Novel
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5 out of 5 stars
By shelley on 02-16-18

Wish Brad Parks were more prolific!!!!

This book is actually the first book in the Carter Ross series. When I started listening to this series I started with the second book because this one had the lowest rating. After listening to the whole series I had to go back and get this one. At the time I purchased it, it have a 3.9 rating while all the others were above 4. Not a major difference but after listening I found his just as good or better then some of the other books.
I really enjoyed this entire series and HIGHLY RECOMMEND them to anyone who enjoys a good suspense with lots of twists. These books are very well written with believable characters who are fleshed out and no super human heroics.
MacLeod Andrew is an excellent narrator.
If you found this review helpful please indicate so.
Thank You.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on 02-05-18

New suspense series (new to me anyway!)

As often occurs I found the Carter Ross series by reading Shelley's reviews at Audible. Faces of the Gone is Book 1 in the six novel series. The protagonist is newspaper investigative reporter Carter Ross who writes for a Newark, NJ paper. Faces of the Gone is an outstanding suspense novel with superb narration by McLeod Andrews.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Odwa on 04-29-18

One of my favourites

Loved this book. I read book 4 first (The Girl Nextdoor) so I'd met most of the characters there already.

Loved them here too. Well developed and diverse characters with a great and gripping plot that pulls you in. Great narration also brings the characters to full high definition 3D life. Great work Brad and MacLeod!
...l wrote that last sentence as though I'm old friends with the author & narrator :)

If you're reading this review to see if the book is worth the read - it is! Happy listening.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ms. Christine Moore on 04-26-15

A new listener

I thought the ending weak but otherwise a good yarn that kept me interested until the near end. I will try another book by this author.

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