Memorable Scenes from The Cartel: Manny & Jorge

From Chapter 3:

The CartelHe also knew from surveillance photos that she always parked it in the driveway, about halfway between the curb and the front of the garage. So in the middle of the night, Manny strapped two claymores to the driver’s side frame of the luxury SUV. When the congressman’s wife came out in her slippers and robe to get the Sunday morning paper – like she did every Sunday – Jorge, who was across the street in the back seat of their rental car, shot her in the abdomen with a 9mm pistol. When the congressman heard the gunshot and then heard his wife scream, he came running out, followed by their 9-year-old daughter.

They hadn’t factored in the daughter, but without so much as flinching Manny set off the two claymores, essentially turning the congressman’s front yard into a 20-foot wide kill zone. The only way the police really knew it was the congressman and his wife were the engraved wedding rings they found in the large puddle of dark red goo that was left on the sidewalk. The police didn’t even know the daughter was a victim until one of the neighbors asked, “Where’s Michelle?”

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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