Cooper’s Daughter Jacket Copy

Cooper's Daughter CoverThings continue to chug along in the production room at Stay Thirsty Publishing.
Dusty Sang and the crew are in the middle of editing and formatting the book.
They’ve come up with a great cover.
And now we have the jacket copy:

When his daughter is found dead in a Binghamton rail yard and the police treat it like a cold case, Bill Cooper hires the one man who can figure out what happened – Rick Crane. But as the Upstate New York private eye digs into the case, everyone tells him to “let it go.” Crane doesn’t, and soon discovers that the death of COOPER’S DAUGHTER was about much more than the murder of one wild young woman.

Here’s a little more of the story to whet your whistle:

“So that’s it?” I said. “I should just go away now?”
“Take Dave Tuttle’s advice, Mr. Crane. Let this one go.”
That was good advice.
And if I had half a brain I would have followed it. But sometimes I’m my own worst
enemy. My mother used to tell me that. The Darlene Cooper case was going to prove her right.
If I was as smart as I sometimes think I am, I would have taken the autopsy report, driven
back to Corning and called Bill Cooper. I would have invited him down to Post Times for a drink and given him the bad news there.
“I’ve looked into it Mr. Cooper,” I’d tell him as he nursed a top-shelf single malt.
My treat.
“I’ve looked into it and I’m fairly certain that Hector Rios had nothing to do with your
daughter’s murder.”
Cooper would tear up. Knock back his scotch. Ask for another.
“A double,” he’d say.
I’d pay for it.
After he knocked that back, I’d order him another double.
I’d explain to him that everyone I’d spoken to had said that Rios was highly capable of gross hubris, but not homicide.
The Bats swear he was in the D.R.
Case closed.
Yep…I shoulda done that. But I didn’t.

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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