I Write Nonfiction, Too

Varsity GreenJust a reminder to all my friends and fans that in addition to the Rick Crane Noir detective series, I also write nonfiction.

On top of my work for The Wall Street Journal Arts in Review and Book Review sections, I’ve written extensively on the business of sports.

Fans gearing up for the NFL season might want to look at my widely acclaimed, “Tailgating, Sacks and Salary Caps,” a look at the business and economics of what I called “the world’s most successful sports league.”

I also wrote a book on the business of Nascar, that surprised a lot of people with its inside look at how Nascar actually works as a business.

But my favorite nonfiction project was, “Varsity Green: A Behind the Scenes Look at Culture and Corruption in College Athletics.”

If you’re a fan of big-time college football or basketball, you may not look at your favorite schools the same way again after reading this book that looks at the business and economics of our sports culture, from AAU youth basketball to the NCAA.

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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