Cooper’s Daughter: A Rick Crane Noir

Dusty Sang and the crew over at Stay Thirsty are moving quickly with my newest book, “Cooper’s Daughter: A Rick Crane Noir.” Here’s what the cover will look like when it goes up on Amazon in a few weeks.

Also, here’s another taste to whet your appetite for Rick Crane, who will be a recurring character in these short novellas (34,000 words) that will be marketed by Stay Thirsty as the perfect read for a two-hour plane ride, or for people who don’t have enough free time to read another 10-page description of the fuse on an air-to-ground missile.

Cooper's Daughter CoverI didn’t pay much attention to the guy who walked in about 9:15 until he asked Frank, the day bartender, if he knew who I was. I nodded at Frank in the mirror behind the bar.
“Mr. Crane?” the guy asked after he was pointed in my direction.
“Yeah,” I said. “What can I do for you?”
“I’d like to talk to you for a minute if I could.”
“Sure. Have a seat,” I said. “Frank, get him a cup of coffee.”
Looking him over, I guessed that he was only about 65, but he looked 10 years older. He was skinny and frail and wore faded khakis and a button-down flannel shirt underneath an old cardigan sweater. His scuffed black shoes matched the dingy pea coat that he took off and hung over the back of the barstool. He’d either had the coat since about 1985 and taken really good care of it, or recently picked it up at the second-hand shop up the block. My guess was the former.
I could tell by the stains on his fingers that he was a two-pack-a-day smoker. His reddish nose and cheeks told me he liked to drink. Mostly whiskey; Scotch when he thought he could afford it. And I could tell by the deep creases in his forehead and the bags under his eyes that he was in trouble.
I liked him almost immediately.

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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