A shovel. A wheelbarrow. A bag of quicklime.
Zach, the silly intern, was outside the offices of BradParksBooks.com, with fresh dirt on his hands and a maniacal gleam in his eye. Maggie, the clueless intern, had smudges of blood on her shirt.
And Peter, the slothful intern, was nowhere to be found.
"What's... what's going on here?" asked Sarah, the smart intern, approaching them cautiously.
"We did it," Zach said. "We finally did it."
"You did... what? Where's Peter?"
"Oh, him? We dispatched him," Maggie said with chilling nonchalance.
"But why?" Sarah said, bringing her hands to her mouth in horror. "How could you do that to Peter?"
"Well, come on, he had it easy, when you think about it," Zach said. "We were the ones who had to do all the digging."
"And how," Sarah stammered, "how, exactly, did you do it?"
"With the shovel, of course," Maggie said. "Darn blade was so sharp it even cut me."
Sarah shrank away in horror, backing up slowly, reaching for her cell phone to call the police...
... Until she bumped into Peter.
"Wait, what?" she said.
"Do you have the concrete forms?" Zach asked.
Peter held up four boards that had been fashioned into a rectangle roughly the size of a piece of sidewalk.
"Great. Let's get back to it," Zach said.
"Wait, wait, wait," Sarah said, now thoroughly confused. "What is going on here?"
"It was Zach's idea," Maggie said. "Brad has gotten so many starred reviews for SAY NOTHING, we decided to make a Walk of Fame with stars on it. You know, like the one in Hollywood, except ours doesn't have as many cheap souvenir shops nearby."
"Or prostitutes," Zach added.
Yes, it's been quite a run for Brad's first standalone, SAY NOTHING, which has garnered a rare hat trick of stars from three prestigious pre-publication review magazines. To wit:
"Parks does a fantastic job conveying every parent's worst fear while also showcasing the marital conflict and mistrust that erupts in the midst of a crisis. The complications and twists build to an unexpected climax that is both perfect and gut-wrenching. Parks's previous novels have been good, but this is his best to date. Fans of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner will love this thriller. Don't stay silent, tell everyone."
—Library Journal, STARRED
"Shamus Award-winner Parks's excellent domestic thriller credibly portrays a family under severe stress... (readers will) find themselves on pins and needles awaiting the reveals."
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED
"Parks dispenses plot twists with a poisoned eyedropper... The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you'll be shaking with gratitude that it's finally over."
In addition, Easons, Ireland's largest bookseller, has made the UK edition of SAY NOTHING its Book of the Month for March. And in her "What We're Reading" column, Library Journal Senior Editor Liz French opined, "Crime novelist Brad Parks just gets better and better... (SAY NOTHING) is a twisty, action-packed humdinger of a breakout."
It's enough to put stars in anyone's eyes. Even Zach's.
The book releases March 7, 2017 and is now available for pre-order wherever books are sold. The interns hope you really, uh, dig it.
The BradParksBooks.com Interns
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