The Player

This is a fast mystery read by Brad Parks. His Newark newspaper reporter, Carter Ross, is an ongoing character though this is the first Parks I have read. A big development is starting to break ground, and has the potential to provide jobs and revitalize the neighborhood. But people are getting a flu like sickness that comes and goes, then they begin to break bones, and die. The paper is called by one of the victim’s relatives and Carter takes the case. The project turns out to be a scam, taking money for hazardous cleanup of the area, with developers father and son vying to see who can out-scam the other and get out of town. Some humor but mostly run-of-the-mill characters and not much suspense – as I said, a fast read.

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