No. 16 With a Bullet — Literally

Cooper's Daughter Cover“Cooper’s Daughter: A Rick Crane Noir,” continues to rock the Amazon new releases list.

On the heels of the Father’s Day one-day giveaway, which picked up new readers in no less than eight foreign countries (and the U.S., which sometimes feels like a foreign country), the noir whodunit set in gritty Upstate New York steadily climbed the Amazon ranks again and is currently sitting in the Top 20 in Private Eye Mysteries.

Here’s 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.

And here’s what readers are saying about Rick Crane, his devastating right cross, and his black ’87 Buick Grand National:

Incredibly engaging and powerfully worded. I love how the author leave things to our imagination sometimes but spells out what we need to know for the flavor of the scenes.

Fast paced, action packed. Yost puts me right where the story is being told.

After reading Cooper’s Daughter there is no doubt that Mark Yost is a master at weaving a good murder mystery.

Mannix had a Plymouth Barracuda. Magnum a Ferrari. Not to be outdone, Rick Crane hits the streets in his ’87 Buick Grand National.

Yost is masterful at immersing readers in his stories with descriptions which tug at all the senses. The settings are palpable. They feel so real I want to add them to my ‘places to see’ list.

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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