“Soft Target” is Now on Sale

“Soft Target” is Wall Street Journal writer Mark Yost’s debut novel. Nick Mattera is a former Marine Corps bomb squad technician who survived four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s come home to his Italian-American neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side and becomes one of the fire department’s young hotshots. But Nick never expected to run into Abdullah and Jhalil. The two al Qaeda terrorists have come to Chicago with one goal in mind: indiscriminately kill Jewish Americans and open up a whole new front in the War on Terror. Adding to Nick’s troubles are Jack Weinstein, an opportunistic politician who wants to close Nick’s firehouse, and Rachel Cohen, Weinstein’s sexy legislative aide who has eyes for Nick and doubts about her boss. The story that unfolds in “Soft Target” is best described as Tom Clancy meets Backdraft. Mark Yost is himself a firefighter/paramedic and gives readers an unparalleled look at life inside a firehouse. More importantly, he shows just how easy it would be for two dedicated extremists to use America’s open society against it and carry out these dastardly missions. When readers finish “Soft Target,” they’ll be anxiously awaiting the next book in the Nick Mattera Series, and nervously asking themselves, “Why hasn’t something like this really happened here?”

About Mark Yost
Mark Yost is the author of the Rick Crane Noir series, published by Stay Thirsty Press. Rick Crane is the classic, anti-hero private eye in the spirit of Sam Spade and Jim Rockford. He works in the unmistakably noirish underworld of Upstate New York, running errands and fixing problems for Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., one of Upstate New York's most notorious crime bosses. But readers quickly learn that deep down, Rick Crane is one of the good guys. "Cooper's Daughter," the first book in the widely acclaimed series, is a fast-moving tale in which a heartbroken father comes to Rick and asks him to find out what really happened to his daughter, who was murdered and the details buried in the Unsolved Crimes File of the local police department. The second book in the series is "Jimmy's Nephew," which begins with the death of Joey "Boom Boom" Bonadeo, an up-and-coming boxer and the nephew of Rick's underworld boss. What starts out as a routine investigation turns into a case that will test Rick's faith -- in the Catholic Church and his fellow man. Book No. 3 in the series, "Mary's Fate" is due out in August 2015. Mark Yost also writes for The Wall Street Journal Arts in Review page, as well as the Book Review section. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America -- Midwest Chapter, International Thriller Writers, and a number of other author groups. He is also a member of the Amazon Author's Program. Mark lives in the Loyola neighborhood of Chicago, but he and his son, George, call the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn "home."

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