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Publisher's Summary

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.
It turns out that the kind and generous Nancy may have made a few enemies, starting with her boss at the diner where she was a part-time waitress, and even including the publisher of the Eagle-Examiner. Carter’s investigation of this seemingly simple story soon has him in big trouble with his full-time editor and sometime girlfriend, Tina Thompson, not to mention the rest of his bosses at the paper, but he can’t let it go - the story is just too good, and it keeps getting better. But will his nose for trouble finally take him too far?
Brad Parks’ smart-mouthed, quick-witted reporter returns in The Girl Next Door - another action-packed entry in his award-winning series, written with an unforgettable mix of humor and suspense.
©2012 Brad Parks (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By shelley on 02-05-18

Definitely in my top 10 authors!!

Another great addition to the Carter Ross series. When a woman delivering newspapers is struck by a car and killed it looks pretty clear to all that it was simply a hit and run. When the woman's sister approaches Ross he is the only one that listens. Once he begins to investigate he finds that to further poke around is putting his own life in jeopardy. Not long after an SUV attempts to plow over him and his date in his own front yard, he saves his date but ends up injuring her in the process. EMS and police start looking at him as an abuser. Ross narrows his suspect list to two but doesn't realize until it's almost too late that he's trusting the wrong person.
The is a very good book with some quite funny moments. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series.
MacLeod Andrews does an outstanding job narrating.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on 02-13-18

Great narration of excellent suspense mystery

The Girl Next Door is Book 3 in the Carter Ross series. Ross is an investigative journalist with the Newark Eagle-Examiner. This series includes wonderful supporting characters led by Tina Thompson who is Ross' boss and editor. Tina continues throughout the series as a single woman who is desperately trying to deal with her biological clock by having a baby, hopefully with Carter Ross's participation. The publisher's summary does a nice job setting up the plot, so as is my practice I'll merely suggest the reader refer to it.

Narrator McLeod Andrews is not new to me (I've listened to the 6 novel Project Eden series by Brett Battles, several novels in Catherine Coulter's FBI series, and other books Andrews narrated), but I had not noticed the versatility of his voice until this series. He gives each character his/her own voice and does a great job with female voices.

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