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Brad Parks book launch and Friends of the Library Fundraiser

at Bedlam Brewing Company

You're invited to the launch of CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW, the new thriller by award-winning author Brad Parks. Join us on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 pm at Bedlam Brewing, VA. Brad will be discussing his new thriller novel (set right here in Staunton), doing a reading, and signing books.

Signed copies will cost $20 each at the night of the event, with proceeds going to support the Friends of the Staunton Library. Please click the tickets link to RSVP to guarantee your copy!

Learn more about Brad and his books at

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.

Advance praise for CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW

"Closer Than You Know grabs you by the gut in Chapter One and keeps upping the tension through every shocking plot twist. Don't expect to come up for air until the final, satisfying pages."
—Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author of The Wife

"Strong plotting, memorable characters, and situations that will hit readers where they live make Closer Than You Know a compulsive read."
—Linwood Barclay

"Another winning tale of domestic suspense from the Shamus- and Nero Award-winning author Parks, who knows how to get readers to empathize emotionally with his characters while amping up the tension and suspense from the first page."
—Library Journal, STARRED
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