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The Nightgown: A Carter Ross Story by Brad Parks
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Kindle  ISBN/ITEM#: B0071VOMF0
Date: 06 March 2012

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Twenty-four-year-old Carter Ross is desperate to become a reporter at the Newark Eagle-Examiner. During his interview, he must write a fictitious article using fictitious information. When State Senator Lenny Ryan crashes his car and no one is available to report and write an article on it, Carter volunteers to investigate. Soon Carter is uncovering a humorous tale of deception, adultery and sleaze.

Brad Parks’ The Nightgown is a mildly humorous short story that will engage the reader for approximately one hour. It is a prequel to his best-selling mystery series involving Carter Ross (Faces of the Gone>, Eyes of the Innocent and The Girl Next Door). The only reoccurring characters from this series to appear in the short story are the ancient, crotchety Sal Szanto and the vain Barbie doll look alike Tina Thompson. I suppose the gay Puerto Rican intern, Tommy Hernandez, has yet to be hired.

After downloading The Nightgown to my Apple iPhone 4, I learned that most of it consisted of the prologue and first chapter from Brad Parks’ latest novel, The Girl Next Door. Furthermore, this short story is not on a par with his full-length novels. It may contain Parks' sassy, wisecracking humor but it does not have any gruesome murders. The Nightgown, which can be looked upon as a publicity tool for The Girl Next Door, is only recommended for devoted fans of Brad Parks.

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