Meet the Characters of The Cartel: John Nardini

From Chapter 9:

“Lake Bluff command from Truck 37,” Nardini said into the mike as they pulled up on the fire scene that now saw about 10 fire trucks and two ambulances parked on the western edge of the southbound lanes of State Highway 41.

The Cartel“Go for Lake Bluff command,” said Jerry Callahan, who’d arrived about 10 minutes ago and, as the highest-ranking officer on scene, taken over command from his oldest son.

“Truck 37 on scene with four, ready to go to work,” Nardini said.

Just then, Tim Callahan walked up to the officer’s side of Truck 37. Nardini rolled down the window.

“What’s goin’ on BC?” Tim said, referring to him by rank.

“Coming to your BBQ,” Nardini said. “Thanks for inviting us.”

“The bank is pretty gradual about a hundred yards down the road,” Tim Callahan said. “And the field is frozen pretty solid. Think you guys could drive across there and put the stick up and douse it from above. We got two greenhouses on fire.”

“Will do,” Nardini said. “Nick can handle the stick. You need the rest of us to do anything?”

“Check in with my dad when you get down there. He’s in command.”

“Still the big dog,” Nardini said.

“Yeah….” Tim Callahan said.

“Vito!” Nardini yelled into the back of the cab.


“Get out, go around back and grab the four inch and find us a water supply.”

“Roger boss.”

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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