Mr. Yost Is Onto Something

Another 5-star review — the 15th out of 18 — for “Cooper’s Daughter: A Rick Crane Noir.”

This person liked the short format (formally known as a novella). But I can’t take all the credit. It was an idea that originated with Dusty Sang and the gang over at Stay Thirsty Media. The idea that people don’t have the time to read War & Peace anymore, and that these books would be perfect for a two-hour plane ride.

So it was Dusty’s idea; I just happened to agree with it. So much so, that “Jimmy’s Nephew: A Rick Crane Noir” is already in the works and should be out by later summer or early fall.

Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, here’s the rest of the review:

Cooper’s Daughter is a fun quick read. I couldn’t put it down and read it all in one sitting. Impressive writing to get the story all told with interesting characters (complete with their own back stories), solid plot and compelling details — all in this compact format. I think Mr. Yost is onto something with this short-form genre. Great idea – and hoping he’s at work on the next!

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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