‘Mary’s Fate’ Is the Best

Mary's FateThat’s the latest 5-star review for “Mary’s Fate,” the third installment in my Rick Crane Noir series from Stay Thirsty Press.

I’ve read all three Rick Crane books and really think “Mary’s Fate” is the best. The story line is great and the characters are well-developed. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone. I can’t wait for book 4!

Never heard of Rick Crane? Here’s the jacket blurb:

Legendary Upstate New York private eye Rick Crane returns in MARY’S FATE, the third book in Mark Yost’s acclaimed noir thriller series. Crane, an old-school fixer, is drawn into a turf war of bikers and drugs in this non-stop story of revenge and murder. At the center of Crane’s universe is mob boss, Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., and his iron-fisted control of his territory; a control that spills over into unspeakable violence that forever changes the fate of Mary Rooney, Rick Crane’s true love. Yost’s taut, well-told story grabs the reader right from the start in true noir fashion and doesn’t let go through all the twists and turns that Rick Crane fans have come to expect.

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.

Indeed.

Yost Just Gets Better and Better

Mary's FateHere’s the latest stellar review for “Mary’s Fate,” the third book in my Rick Crane Noir Series:

The series is fun, the characters engaging, and the author (Mark) just gets better and better.

Take a flyer and pick up Mary’s Fate at the Kindle store. If you like Mickey Spillane, you’ll love Mark Yost.

If you’re not familiar with Rick Crane, here’s the jacket copy:

Legendary Upstate New York private eye Rick Crane returns in MARY’S FATE, the third book in Mark Yost’s acclaimed noir thriller series. Crane, an old-school fixer, is drawn into a turf war of bikers and drugs in this non-stop story of revenge and murder. At the center of Crane’s universe is mob boss, Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., and his iron-fisted control of his territory; a control that spills over into unspeakable violence that forever changes the fate of Mary Rooney, Rick Crane’s true love. Yost’s taut, well-told story grabs the reader right from the start in true noir fashion and doesn’t let go through all the twists and turns that Rick Crane fans have come to expect.

The Other Rick Crane

When she saw me walk in, she gave me a long, cold stare, knocked back what was left in the highball glass, and poured herself another.

I could tell by the way she slurred her words and the nasty edge to her voice that she’d been hitting the Templeton pretty hard before I got there.

Mary's FateBehind all the mob hits, fist fights, dark alleys, and shady characters is an evolving love story between our favorite Upstate New York private eye and his soon-to-be-divorced high school girlfriend.

But that love story may have come to an end in “Mary’s Fate,” the third book in the series just out from Stay Thirsty Publishing.

Maybe not.

Happy Labor Day From Rick Crane

Mary's FateHere’s a bit of dialogue from “Mary’s Fate,” the third book in my Rick Crane Noir Series from Stay Thirsty Publishing, that shows what a loyal employee Rick is.

Happy Labor Day:

If you’ve ever heard anyone take a punch – I mean a really good shot to the midsection delivered by someone who knows how to hit – it’s a sound you never forget. Doubly so if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of one of those punches. So there was no doubt in my mind what I heard through the open window of the men’s room in the back of the bar.

Normally, I don’t get involved in other people’s business. But seeing how I work for Jimmy Sr., and this is his place, I took a little more than a passing interest in what was happening out back.

“What do you mean you don’t have the money?” I heard a strange voice say over the distant hum of truck traffic on the highway.

“I told you I’d have it for you on Monday,” another voice said as I washed and dried my hands.

That lame excuse was followed by another hard shot to the body that sent the guy crashing into the row of metal garbage cans that run along the side of the building.

“Boy,” I thought. “Whoever it is, he’s getting one hell of a beating.”

That’s when I stepped out of the men’s room and pulled my .45 ACP out of the holster on my hip. Looking back toward the bar to make sure no one else was coming up the hallway that leads to the bathrooms, I reached into the inside pocket of my sports jacket and pulled out the silencer and screwed it onto the end of the barrel with one firm twist to the right. Then I walked out the back door, and into the parking lot behind the bar.

Down on one knee up against the red brick building right under the men’s room window, trying to catch his breath, was Eddie Schorr, a low-level drug dealer who sold weed and a little crank – biker speed – in the bars around town. Towering over him were three humongous white dudes who could have been linebackers for the New York Giants. But they were Scorpions, an outlaw biker gang out of Syracuse easily recognizable by their black jeans, black t-shirts, and black leather cuts with their club logo on the back. All three of them had full beards and arms the size of tree trunks full of jailhouse tattoos. One guy had the club logo tattooed on his neck.   

I’d been careful to open the screen door slowly so that it didn’t creak. Once clear of the doorway, I let it go. The loud thwap quickly alerted everyone to my presence.

Two of the Scorpions turned toward me and went for their guns, but I had the jump on them. I fired two quick rounds into each – double taps to the chest. The muffled tunk-tunk of the silenced .45 bounced softly off the back of the building and then out into the parking lot, where it was absorbed by a dozen cars. I doubt anyone walking by out front heard a thing.

The First Review for ‘Mary’s Fate’ — 5 Stars

Mary's FateMary’s Fate,” my newest Rick Crane Noir, has been out just a few days and it already has its first 5-star review.

Downloaded “Mary’s Fate” just in time for a 2 hour flight….as was with the other books in this series, once I got started I could not put it down. The characters are well developed at this point, starting to feel like family. The conflicts throughout the book kept me engrossed throughout. by the time I landed, the book was done and I just wished I had the next book in the series for the flight back home.

This is a great review not just for the stars, but because it is the exact strategy of my publisher, Stay Thirsty Press. These books are marketed as quick reads, perfect for the airplane or the beach. And that’s exactly what this reader found.

As Hannibal Smith used to say, “I love it when a plan comes together.”

Mary’s Fate, the Newest Rick Crane Noir

Mary's Fate“Mary’s Fate,” the third book in my highly acclaimed Upstate New York detective series, featuring private eye Rick Crane, is now available on Amazon.

Here’s a snippet to whet your appetite:

I’d been careful to open the screen door slowly so that it didn’t creak. Once clear of the doorway, I let it go. The loud thwap quickly alerted everyone to my presence.

Two of the Scorpions turned toward me and went for their guns, but I had the jump on them. I fired two quick rounds into each – double taps to the chest. The muffled tunk-tunk of the silenced .45 bounced softly off the back of the building and then out into the parking lot, where it was absorbed by a dozen cars. I doubt anyone walking by out front heard a thing.

The third guy never pulled his gun but dashed around the side of the building the instant he saw me. He was almost to the front of the bar when I came around the corner in back, got down on one knee, steadied my aim, and fired.

I think I hit him in the leg. He stumbled for a few steps before regaining his momentum and disappearing around the corner of the bar.

And that’s how I ended up in the back parking lot of the Marconi Lodge on a muggy August evening, staring down at two dead thugs I’d just dropped like a bad habit beneath the soft purple glow of the bug zapper that hung above the screen door.

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It means a lot for sales and Amazon ranking.

Enjoy

How to Hook Your Readers

Mary's FateThey say you have to hook readers on the first page.

Here are the opening paragraphs of “Mary’s Fate,” my newest Rick Crane Noir just out from Stay Thirsty Publishing.

When I left my apartment tonight, I really hadn’t planned on killing anyone. But when the two Scorpions went for the handguns tucked into their waistbands, I had no choice.

Standing over them, watching the blood start to ooze out of their bodies and onto the hot blacktop, I began to realize that I wasn’t all that surprised at how this night had turned out.

Mary’s Fate Now Available

Mary's FateIt took a few days to get through some formatting glitches, and one last copy edit, but Mary’s Fate, the third book in my Rick Crane Noir series, is now available on Amazon from Stay Thirsty Publishing.

Here’s the jacket blurb:

Legendary Upstate New York private eye Rick Crane returns in MARY’S FATE, the third book in Mark Yost’s acclaimed noir thriller series. Crane, an old-school fixer, is drawn into a turf war of bikers and drugs in this non-stop story of revenge and murder. At the center of Crane’s universe is mob boss, Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., and his iron-fisted control of his territory; a control that spills over into unspeakable violence that forever changes the fate of Mary Rooney, Rick Crane’s true love. Yost’s taut, well-told story grabs the reader right from the start in true noir fashion and doesn’t let go through all the twists and turns that Rick Crane fans have come to expect.

The other two books in the series are “Cooper’s Daughter” and “Jimmy’s Nephew.”

Enjoy.

Mary’s Fate Will Be Released Today

Mary's FateGot a note from my publisher, Stay Thirsty, last night. They were up late, loading “Mary’s Fate,” the third book in the Rick Crane Noir series, up to Amazon.

It should be available later today.

Here’s the Amazon blurb:

Legendary Upstate New York private eye Rick Crane returns in MARY’S FATE, the third book in Mark Yost’s acclaimed noir thriller series. Crane, an old-school fixer, is drawn into a turf war of bikers and drugs in this non-stop story of revenge and murder. At the center of Crane’s universe is mob boss, Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., and his iron-fisted control of his territory; a control that spills over into unspeakable violence that forever changes the fate of Mary Rooney, Rick Crane’s true love. Yost’s taut, well-told story grabs the reader right from the start in true noir fashion and doesn’t let go through all the twists and turns that Rick Crane fans have come to expect.

THE AUTHOR Mark Yost has written for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL’s Leisure and Arts page and Book Review section for more than 20 years. He and his son, George, live in Chicago, but call the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, N.Y. “home.”

Exciting day.

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