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Dinner and Discussion with author Brad Parks

Please join us for a NIGHT OUT with one of our favorite Authors!!! Brad Parks is on tour promoting his new novel "CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW", and we would love to have you join us for dinner and a lively discussion with Brad at Ristorante Il Porto.

This is a PRE-PAID TICKETED event, so please call Sparta Books at 973-729-6200 to make your reservation SOON! The cost of the event is $50.00, which includes a wonderful 3-course dinner (tax and gratuity included), and a PERSONALIZED hardcover copy of 'CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW'. The restaurant is BYOB, so please feel free to bring your favorite bottle of wine, etc... Here is the menu for the evening:

First Course: House Salad

Second Course: Choice of three ent...rees: ~ Farfalle Primavera ~ Chicken Francese ~ Grilled Salmon

Third Course: Cheesecake or Vanilla Ice Cream

Entrees served with Vegetable of the Day and Bread & Butter

Coffee, Tea and Soda Included ~ Espresso and Cappuccino Extra

Disaster, Melanie Barrick was once told, is always closer than you know.

It was a lesson she learned the hard way growing up in the constant upheaval of foster care. But now that she's survived into adulthood--with a loving husband, a steady job, and a beautiful baby boy named Alex--she thought that turmoil was behind her.

Until one Tuesday evening when she goes to pick up Alex from childcare only to discover he's been removed by Social Services. And no one will say why. It's a terrifying scenario for any parent, but doubly so for Melanie, who knows the unintended horrors of what everyone coldly calls "the system."

Her nightmare mushrooms when she arrives home to learn her house has been raided by sheriff's deputies, who have found enough cocaine to send Melanie to prison for years. The evidence against her is overwhelming, and if Melanie can't prove her innocence, she'll lose Alex forever.

Meanwhile, assistant commonwealth's attorney Amy Kaye--who has been assigned Melanie's case--has her own troubles. She's been dogged by a cold case no one wants her to pursue: a serial rapist who has avoided detection by wearing a mask and whispering his commands. Over the years, he has victimized dozens of women.

Including Melanie. Yet now her attacker might be the key to her salvation . . . or her undoing.

Brad Parks is the only author to have won the Shamus, Nero and Lefty Awards, three of crime fiction's most prestigious prizes. His works have collectively won starred reviews from every major pre-publication review outlet. SAY NOTHING is his first standalone. A former reporter with The Washington Post and The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, Parks lives in Virginia with his wife and two school-aged children. For more, visit
Event Date: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
29 Theatre Center
Sparta, NJ 07871