Stay Thirsty, My Friends

Author 1 (2)I’m working with a new publisher in Chicago, Stay Thirsty Media.

They are going to start producing a line of ebook and paperback novellas that are about 25,000-30,000 words, just enough to get you through a 2-3 hour flight (if you’re flying New York-LA, you can upload two). It’ll kick off later this year and I’ll be contributing.

I’m gonna give Nick Mattera a few months off and introduce a new character, not-so-likeable Upstate New York private eye Rick Drane. Rick is a fixer, taking care of problems you don’t ask the cops to look into. In the first book, Curve Ball, Rick investigates the death of a young girl who dated an up-and-coming pitcher for the Binghamton Mets (think Pedro Martinez without the charm). Her father is convinced that the boyfriend had something to do with her death, and Rick starts to think so as well when the Mets start working behind the scenes to protect their young pitching prospect and derail Rick’s investigation. But Rick isn’t easily deterred. Stay tuned….

In the meantime, I have a piece in the Stay Thirsty Winter ezine on the history of drug legalization and why I think it won’t work, a la The Cartel.

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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