Meet the Characters of The Cartel: Jim Seymour

From Chapter 5:

Gerard had to focus on how to increase the potency of Legal Weed, which he’d already decided was going to be his defining achievement as the CEO of Costello Labs. This is where Jim Seymour came in.

The CartelJim had been the chairman of Costello Labs before Gerard took the helm. In fact, Jim Seymour had been ousted by Gerard Pearson in a bit of an underhanded coup. No one quite knew all the details, but it was widely understood that Jim Seymour had left Costello Labs with a sour taste in his mouth that was not at all alleviated by his $140 million severance package. But Jim Seymour was smart, and in many ways he was just as ambitious as Gerard. The difference was, Jim Seymour had scruples.

So while he’d been bitter about his departure, he was smart enough to keep his hand in the game. Jim’s long-term goal was to challenge Bob Dwyer for his seat in Congress. As chairman of the largest employer in Lake County, Jim Seymour had been as politically active as any Fortune 100 CEO in the Chicago suburbs. After he left Costello Labs, he remained a regular at political fundraisers and strategy retreats. He even hosted a few events of his own at the Onwentsia Club, Lake Forest’s WASPiest private golf club.

Jim Seymour also opened up his own consulting firm, mostly advising local congressmen and state representatives. But when he learned that Costello Labs had negotiated the exclusive rights to grow Legal Weed, he saw an opportunity to expand both his political consultancy and his influence. Gerard Pearson, who had twice as many enemies as he had friends, saw the affable Jim Seymour as an asset that he could use to help him solve the potency problem of Legal Weed.

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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