Friday, June 29, 2012

Charlotte novelist to celebrate release of new thriller at Park Road Books July 11

Charlotte novelist Mark de Castrique will celebrate the release of his
new thriller, The 13th Target with a book signing at Park Road Books
in Charlotte (4139 Park Road, Phone: 704-525-9239) on Wednesday, July
7, 2012 beginning at 7:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

A tense, timely and provocative thriller set during an age of Wall
Street corruption, financial meltdowns, and the downgrading of the
U.S. credit rating, The 13th Target takes aim at the secretive Federal
Reserve. Long the target of conspiracy theorists, the Federal Reserve
controls the nation's money supply. But who controls the Federal
Reserve? And what if those in the shadowy corridors of power would
target anything - or anyone - who threatened their interests?

About The 13th Target: After his wife dies of cancer, Rusty Mullins
quits the Secret Service to repurpose his life. When he joins a
Washington, D.C. private protection company, Mullins is assigned to
guard Paul Luguire, a Federal Reserve executive and its chief liaison
with the U.S. Treasury. Mullins and Luguire form a strong
friendship. So when a police detective calls in the middle of the
night with word of Luguire's suicide, Mullins doesn't buy it. His
doubts are only reinforced by Amanda Church, a former Secret Service
colleague now in the Federal Reserve's cyber-security unit. Amanda
has uncovered a suspicious financial transaction initiated by Luguire
only days before his death.

Even stranger, Amanda finds that the transaction has been erased from
Federal Reserve records and the money was wired from an offshore
account in Rusty Mullins' name. Someone is setting Rusty up. And
when the president of the receiving bank is murdered, Mullins rockets
to the top of the suspect list. Dogged by a tenacious reporter
developing leads, Mullins follows a conspiratorial trail of killing
and kidnapping that leads from a shadowy mastermind to the possible
destruction of America's financial system. Twelve targets are known.
But the clock is ticking. . . and only Rusty Mullins holds the key to
what - or who - is the thirteenth target.

A pulse-racing political thriller that sizzles from first page to
last, The 13th Target will leave readers wondering where fact ends and
fiction begins.

A native of North Carolina, Mark de Castrique is an award-winning film
and video producer whose work has been broadcast on PBS, HBO, and
network-affiliate stations. He is the author of the Sam Blackman
mystery series, the Buryin' Barry series, and two mysteries for young
adults. His books have garnered starred reviews from Publishers
Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. The 13th Target is de
Castrique's first standalone thriller. He lives in Charlotte, North
Carolina. Visit Mark de Castrique online at:

The 13th Target (Poisoned Pen Press, Hardcover, ISBN:
978-1-59058-615-0, $24.95, 306 pages/Trade Paper, ISBN:
978-1-59058-617-4, 306 pages, $14.95/Large Print Trade Paper, ISBN:
978-1-59058-616-7, $22.95, 430 pages) will be released on July 3,
2012. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Poisoned Pen Press (
) is one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the world.

Members of the news media wishing to request additional information
about author Mark de Castrique or an advance review copy of The 13th
Target are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615)
297-9875, or by email –