Meet the Characters of The Cartel: Rachel Cohen

From Chapter 5:

Gerard eyed Rachel up and down like a fox looks at a chick that’s strayed too far from the coop. After about 20 seconds, it was embarrassingly clear to both Jim and Rachel that Gerard was undressing her with his eyes.

The CartelTruth was, Rachel reminded Gerard of Jennie when they first met at Harvard. Her hard body was tan – even in January. She was athletic, yet attractive in a very feminine way. She even wore her hair short like Jennie.

Today, Rachel looked sexier than ever, Gerard thought. She wore a form-fitting black pinstriped suit that was professional but showed just enough cleavage and thigh to distract whomever she was trying to persuade. Rachel knew that her body was a tactical asset. And she liked to use it whenever she could.

While Jim may have felt sorry for Rachel as she was subjected to Gerard’s lascivious leer, she’d traveled the power corridors of Washington and Corporate America long enough to know just how to handle a guy like Gerard Pearson. Looking over his shoulder at one of his Royal Marine pictures that hung on the office wall, she said matter-of-factly, “I see you were a Marine. So was my boyfriend.”

A stopwatch couldn’t have measured how quickly the smile on Gerard’s face turned to a frown.

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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