Four bodies, each with a single bullet wound in the back of the head, stacked like cordwood in a weed-choked vacant lot: Thatâ€™s the front-page news facing Carter Ross, investigative reporter with the Newark Eagle-Examiner.Â Immediately dispatched to the scene, Carter learns that the four victimsâ€”an exotic dancer, a drug dealer, a hustler, and a mamaâ€™s boyâ€”came from different parts of the city and didnâ€™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 Carterâ€™s paper, hungry for a scoop, hastily prints it. Carter doesnâ€™t come from the streets, but he understands a thing or two about Newarkâ€™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 paperâ€™s smoking-hot city editor, to run interference at the office; Tommy Hernandez, the paperâ€™s gay Cuban intern, to help him with legwork on the streets; and Tynesha Dales, a local stripper, to take him to Newarkâ€™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 won the Shamus Award for Best First Novel and the Nero Award for Best American Mystery--it is the first book to receive both awards.Â The bookÂ wasÂ named to lists of the year's best mystery debuts by the Chicago Sun-Times and South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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