Brad Parks is the only author to have won the Shamus, Nero and Lefty Awards.
He received the Shamus (for best first private eye novel) and the Nero (for best American mystery) for his debut, , the first book in history to take both awards. He has won two Leftys (for best humorous mystery) for his third and fourth books, and . In addition The Good Cop won the Shamus Award for best hardcover novel, making Parks the only former best first winner to go on and win best hardcover.
The series, which features sometimes-dashing investigative reporter Carter Ross, continued to six books with the publication of in July 2015. It has received starred reviews from Booklist, Library Journal, and Kirkus Reviews. Library Journal has called Parks’ books “essential reading” and “a refreshing tonic for the mystery soul.” RT Book Reviews opined, “Parks has quietly entered the top echelon of the mystery field.” Parks is a graduate of Dartmouth College and spent a dozen years as a reporter for The Washington Post and The Newark, N.J., Star-Ledger.