RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Happy birthday to Ridgefield’s Brad Parks!
Parks, who grew up in Ridgefield, turns 40 on Sunday. The author was born July 13, 1974, in New Jersey.
He started writing professionally for his hometown newspaper, The Ridgefield Press, at age 14, covering high school sports. He attended Dartmouth College, founding his own newspaper, The Sports Weekly and singing with the Dodecaphonics, a co-ed a cappella group.
While still a student, Parks worked as a stringer for The New York Times and as an intern for The Boston Globe. In 1998, he moved to The Star-Ledger and began working as a sports features writer and, later, a news feature writer.
Parks began writing fiction at age 26 in the cafe at a Barnes & Noble. The inspiration for his first published novel, "Faces of the Gone," was a 2004 quadruple homicide in Newark that he covered as a journalist. The novel went on to win the 2010 Shamus Award for best first novel; and the 2010 Nero Award for best American mystery.
His book "The Girl Next Door" won the Lefty Award for best humorous mystery. In doing so, he became the first author to have won the Lefty, Nero and Shamus Awards. "The Girl Next Door" also received a starred review from Booklist, which called it "a masterpiece."
His other books include "Eyes of the Innocent," "The Good Cop" and "The Player."
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