The 13th Target by Mark de Castrique

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"Russell Mullins has left intelligence work. When his wife dies of ovarian cancer, Rusty quits the Secret Service to repurpose his life. He joins a Washington D.C. private protection company and is assigned to guard Paul Luguire, a Federal Reserve executive and 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 reinforced by Amanda Church, a former Secret Service colleague now in the Federal Reserve’s cyber-security unit. She uncovered a suspicious financial transaction initiated by Luguire only days before his death. He authorized unrequested funds to be transferred from the Federal Reserve to a regional bank.

Even stranger, after Luguire’s suicide, Amanda finds the transaction has been erased from Federal Reserve records. The regional bank now shows the money wired from an offshore account in the name of Russell Mullins. Someone is setting Rusty up. And when the bank president is murdered, Mullins rockets to the top of the suspect list.

In an age of Wall Street meltdowns and downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, the secretive Federal Reserve is compromised. Mullins and Church don’t know whom to trust. Evidence points to an external terrorist attack, but the web of deceit appears woven from within, a web that threatens to destroy the heart of America’s financial system.

Twelve targets are known. The clock is ticking. What, or who, is the thirteenth?"

About Mark de Castrique

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Mark de Castrique grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina where his mysteries are set. Mark is a veteran of the television and film production industry, and he serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Mark and his wife, Linda, live in Charlotte. The 13th Target is his first standalone thriller.
Published July 3, 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press. 307 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Cut to Russell Mullins, working as a bodyguard for besieged Reserve executive Paul Luguire after many years protecting presidents as a member of the Secret Service.

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Publishers Weekly

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Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Russell “Rusty” Mullins smells a rat when Paul Luguire, the high-level Federal Reserve exec he’s been protecting, apparently commits suicide in this taut political thriller from de Castrique (The Sandburg Connection).

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BC Books

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Author de Catrique’s writing is rich in its approach as he creates a plausible, thought-provoking plot, especially when you sit back and contemplate the Epilogue.

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New York Journal of Books

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“The 13th Target will create a host of new fans for the author. . . . a winning formula.”

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Book Reporter

Though dealing with some extremely complex subject matter, he presents it in a way that is informative and absorbing while being considerate of the reader and never letting his explanations get in the way of the story."

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City Book Review

As a general rule, political thrillers tend to have standard hero-types running around the landscape shooting off guns, engaging in those fights where balletic movements knock opponents off their feet with a casual flick of the left elbow, and bringing down the enemies of the state with machine g...

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Review: Ex-Secret Service agent Russell Mullins, now an employee for a private security firm, is shocked when his client, Paul Luguire, the liaison between the Federal Reserve and the US Treasury, is found dead, an apparent suicide.

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The reader soon questions “Who can you trust?” Russell Mullins, formerly of the Secret Service, works for a private protection company safeguarding Paul Luguire, a Federal Reserve executive.

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