‘A Page Turner Until the End’

Cooper's Daughter CoverAnother five-star review on Amazon for “Cooper’s Daughter: A Rick Crane Noir.”

Perfect for a long flight or a lazy afternoon when you’re ready to get lost in another world. This action packed story is a page turner until the end.

Here’s another short excerpt:

“We met at Cornell,” Bob McCarthy had told me one snowy Wednesday as we sat in a
corner booth at the Elbow Room, one of a half-dozen local taverns that double as the temporary offices for RC Investigations. The R.C. stands for Rick Crane. That’s me.
The Elbow Room was your classic upstate New York tavern.
Long bar along one wall.
A dozen or so tables and half as many booths.
And a lunchtime menu priced to lure in the work crowd.
Maybe on Friday night they’d have a fish fry or steak special, followed by a local band
playing cover songs from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
“What makes you think she’s cheating on you?” I asked over the din of a muffled juke
box and the cha-ching of the tabletop shuffle bowling game that’s a staple in all the bars around here.
“I’m not sure,” he said. “There’s just something that’s not right.”
“I’ll start following her and try to report back to you before this gets too expensive.”
What I didn’t have the heart to tell Bob McCarthy right then and there were the two
things I knew as certainly as I knew that it was Wednesday, January 15.
If there’s any doubt, there is no doubt.
And he wouldn’t be seeing any change from the ten, crisp hundred-dollar bills he’d just
laid out for me on the wooden tabletop between us.

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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