Rick Crane Impersonating Bogart

Mary's FateFrom Chapter 4 of “Mary’s Fate,” the third book in my Rick Crane Noir Series, just out from Stay Thirsty Press.

I drank most of the rest of Saturday night/Sunday morning.

As I sat there – exactly where I’d been when she said she was walking out of my life forever – I couldn’t help but think that she was at her place, maybe sitting at her kitchen table, in the dark, drinking alone, like me, thinking many of the same thoughts and having many of the same regrets. Maybe she was crying.

I passed out at the kitchen table about 4 a.m. Like Bogart in “Casablanca.”

“I’m waiting for a lady,” he tells Sam. “She’s coming back. I know she’s coming back.”

I hoped she was, but I wasn’t so sure. It was the way she looked at me.

“I don’t love what you do,” she’d said. “I don’t love who you are and what you’ve become.”

Those words kept going through my head like the Templeton kept going through my lips.


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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