Eyes of the Innocent

It was an exciting day in the offices of when—with the February 1 release date closing in fast—the first copies of Brad's new novel, EYES OF THE INNOCENT, arrived from the warehouse.

Brad wasn't around (we think he was off washing the Barnes & Noble fiction buyer's car... again), so we made the executive decision to crack open the box and take a gander.

"Look at this book," said Sarah, the smart intern, caressing the glossy dust jacket. "It really is gorgeous."

"All except for the author photo," said Zach, the silly intern. "I swear, Brad needs a makeover before he goes out on tour."

"Oh, a makeover!" exclaimed Maggie, the clueless intern. "I love makeovers! Can we, can we, can we?"

"Maggie, I was kiddi..." Zach started.

"We'll start with his hair, of course," Maggie said. "What do you think about a little more modern cut? And some highlights? Or maybe just frost the tips. We'll do his nails, of course. Then we should make him take off his glasses..."

"He doesn't wear glasses," Sarah interjected.

"Then we'll have to get him some," Maggie said. "Whenever the ugly-but-not-actually-ugly girl gets a makeover in a teen movie, she always takes off her glasses. It's one of the rules."

"I'm not sure..."

"Then we'll pick him a totally hot outfit!" Maggie continued. "Come on, let's go check out his closet!"

Zach has such a big crush on Maggie, we knew he was going to be a fan of anything involving her and a closet. So the rest of us tagged along as chaperones and made the field trip to Brad's house. We crowded into his closet and started sifting through, uh, let's see here... blue shirt, white shirt, blue shirt... khaki pants, gray pants, khaki pants... blue blazer, black blazer, gray blazer.

"Seriously?" Maggie said. "I thought he just picked the same outfit all the time by mistake. You mean this is all he has?!?"

From elsewhere in the house, Brad's wife shouted, "Welcome to my world!"

Well, so much for the makeover. Nevertheless, we're excited to release Brad's schedule for EYES OF THE INNOCENT. Coming on the heels of the enormously successful Sometimes-Dashing Tour™, we're calling this one the Still-Dashing Tour™. It includes nearly thirty public appearances throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia and Texas. So please save room on your calendars for:

Friday, February, 4, 7:30 pm
Joseph Beth Booksellers
1 Towne Centre Blvd.
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Reading & Signing

Saturday February, 5, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Twice Told Tales
6658 Main Street
Gloucester, VA 23061
Reading & Signing

Saturday, February, 5, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
12170 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23602
Reading & Signing

Sunday, February, 6, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
1212 Greenbrier Parkway
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Reading & Signing

Wednesday, February 9, 6:30 pm
Fountain Bookstore
1312 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Reading & Signing

Thursday, February 10, 7:30 pm
WORDS Bookstore
Maplewood Village
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Reading & Signing

Friday, February 11, 1 pm
Newark Public Library
5 Washington St.
Newark, NJ 07102
Brown Bag Lunch

Friday, February 11, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street
New York, NY
Reading & Signing

Saturday, February 12, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Watchung Booksellers
54 Fairfield Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
Meet & Greet

Saturday, February 12, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Mendham Books
84 E Main Street
Mendham, NJ
Meet & Greet

Sunday, February 13, 2:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
Route 22
Springfield, NJ
Reading & Signing

Wednesday, February 16, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Womrath's Tenafly
Reading & Signing for Men's bookclub (open to public)
12 Washington Street
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Thursday, February 17, 7:00 pm
The Moonstone Mystery Book Store
12 Bloomfield Avenue
Flemington, NJ 08822
Reading & Signing

Friday, February 18, 7:30 pm
Books on the Common
404 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Reading & Signing

Saturday, February 19, 11:30 - 1:00 pm
Sparta Books
41 Theatre Center
Sparta NJ 07871
Meet & Greet

Saturday, February 19, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
The Town Bookstore
270 East Broad Street
Westfield, NJ 07090-2106
Meet & Greet

Sunday, February 20, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Sages Pages
250 Main Street
Madison, NJ 07940

Sunday, February 27, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
Spectrum Center
1851 Fountain Drive
Reston, VA 20190
Reading & Signing

Monday, February 28, 7:00 pm
Book People
603 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78703
Reading & Signing

Tuesday, March 1, 7:00 pm
Books & Crannies
209 West Moore Avenue
Terrell, TX 75160
Reading & Signing

Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 pm
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77098
Reading & Signing

Wednesday, March 9, 5:30 pm
Athenaeum Philadelphia
219 S. Sixth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Thursday, March 10, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Clinton Book Shop
(Historic Old Grandin Library)
12 East Main Street
Clinton, NJ 08809
Reading & Signing

Friday, March 11, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Princeton Public Library
Community Room
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
Reading & Signing

Saturday, March 12, 2:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
1901 Sproul Road
Broomall, PA 19008
Reading & Signing

Sunday, March 13, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Farley's Bookshop
44 South Main Street
New Hope, PA 18938
Meet & Greet

Friday, March 18 - Saturday, March 19
Virginia Festival of the Book
Crime Wave
Omni Hotel
235 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Sunday, March 27, 4:00 pm
The Mainstay
5753 Main Street
Rock Hall, MD 21661

Saturday, May 21, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Gaithersburg Book Festival
Gaithersburg City Hall
31 S Summit Ave.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 pm
Books Alive
Northumberland Public Library
7204 Northumberland Highway
Heathsville, VA 22473
Reading & Signing

Sunday, June 12
Books New Jersey
Details TBD

July 6-9
New York, NY

September 15-18
St. Louis, MO

In other news, the rave reviews continue to pour in for EYES OF THE INNOCENT. Kirkus, Booklist and Publishers Weekly all had favorable things to say. And Library Journal gave it a starred review, saying, "Zany characters, witty dialog, and a plot that races to a bang-up finish are guaranteed to have readers cheering for the good guys. Parks's sequel to his acclaimed debut, FACES OF THE GONE, is as good if not better."

His wardrobe on the other hand? Well, it's as bad if not worse. But we hope to see you on the road anyway.

Yours in Sartorial Agony,

The Interns