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Published by Foremost Press under
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223 pages
$12.97

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   "David has done his 
    hometown proud." 
    --- Daily News, McKeesport, PA
    
   "There is no better way 
    to write."
    --- The Chicago Tribune

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When Alfred Rydell, a noted journalist, is murdered in Istanbul, his wealthy family has questions and they demand answers. Jason Ender is ordered by the State Department to find them. And he's just the man to negotiate the huge labyrinthine city that gave Byzantine its name.

What secret had the journalist uncovered that cost him his life? Why does the shadow of the Turkish Mafia cling so closely to every move Ender makes? More important, is this man capable of dealing with the pending chaos that threatens to rearrange the map of the Middle East in a single night?

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Less Than a Shadow
by David Chacko
ISBN-10: 0-9723737-7-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-9723737-7-7

About this Book

When Alfred Rydell, a American journalist, is murdered in his Istanbul apartment, Inspector Onur Levent is ordered to find the killer quickly for the sake of Turkish-American relations.

But Rydell's family has political clout. Thus Jason Ender with the U.S. State Department is rushed to Istanbul to find the answers demanded.

When Ender meets Levent, the expected clash of culture, methods, and objectives doesn't happen. Instead their professionalism allows them to combine their resources and move on quickly.

Neither man believes there was a simple motive behind Rydell's death. As they probe ever more deeply, the scope of their investigation suddenly expands into a desperate search for terrorists.

Time passes too swiftly as Ender and Levent race to thwart the terrorist plan intended to collapse the economy and government of Turkey, the only democracy in the Middle East. And thus to bring chaos to the entire region.

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About the Author


David Chacko is the author of twenty-two critically acclaimed novels in the mystery and espionage genres. He is also the co-author of one of the groundbreaking texts in the field: Crime and Punishment: An Introduction to Detective Fiction.

Chacko's books have been called "brilliant and scaring" (Kirkus), and "raw-boned and brutal" (The Detroit News). He is known as "a novelist of talent and power" (Playboy), "a writer of power and intensity" (Publisher's Weekly), and his work as "compelling and unexpected" (Newsweek), "a powerhouse charged with artistic and imaginative feats." (Buffalo Courier-Express)

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Foremost Press Releases Terrorist Thriller

A Complimentary Copy is Available
to Qualified Reviewers

Cedarburg, Wisconsin - Less Than a Shadow, written by David Chacko, a resident of Largo, Florida, has been released by Foremost Press under the imprint of Action Tales. A complimentary copy and further information, including a sample review, are available at http://foremostpress.com/booksellers/shadow_nts.html.

About the book: Less Than a Shadow opens with the murder of a well-known journalist in his home in Istanbul. Upon the demands of the man's wealthy family, Jason Ender, a "field reconnaissance" agent for the U.S. State Department, is assigned to investigate. The path leads deep into the power structure of the Middle East that the United States is trying to shape. Shadowed by the specter of the Mafia, and violence that explodes apparently at random, Ender's investigation concludes on an autumn night when the entire city rocks to the beat of Armageddon. And the fate of the Middle East hangs in the balance.

About the author: David Chacko is the author of ten novels, of which Less Than a Shadow is his latest. He is a master at revealing the nature of the people of the land in which his stories are set. When a reader has finished this book, he or she will feel as if they count the citizens of Turkey as their neighbors, or even friends.

From the publisher: "Since we only publish a handful of books each year, we are selective," says publisher Mary Holzrichter. "Less Than a Shadow was an easy choice. With David Chacko's established record as an author whose work readers love, this will be an important book for us."

For further information and/or a complimentary copy for review visit http://foremostpress.com/booksellers/shadow_nts.html. Booksellers can order through distributors from Ingram and Baker & Taylor. Readers can order through local bookstores and at ForemostPress.com, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
ISBN 0-9723737-7-2, 223 pp, $12.97

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A Review

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Foremost Press Releases Terrorist Thriller

Cedarburg, Wisconsin - David Chacko has set his tenth novel, Less Than a Shadow, against the backdrop of Turkey, the front line of democracy in today's volatile Middle East. He leads you into a world few people know--the modern labyrinth that gave the word Byzantine its name. It's dark here, and the light ahead never shows for long.

Chacko lives a part of each year in Istanbul. This experience, and a natural interest in people, puts him in position to provide keen insights about the citizens of this land, the way they live, their hopes and their dreams. The reader feels as if he or she is actually living alongside them. Chacko's characters are strong, all set against the economic and political background we live within, but which few see as it really is.

Less Than a Shadow opens with the murder of a well-known journalist in his home in Istanbul. Upon the demands of the man's wealthy family, Jason Ender, a "field reconnaissance" agent for the U.S. State Department, is assigned to investigate. The path leads deep into the power structure of the Middle East that the United States is trying to shape. Shadowed by the specter of the Mafia, and violence that explodes apparently at random, Ender's investigation concludes on an autumn night when the entire city rocks to the beat of Armageddon.

Chacko uses more long narrative passages than most authors do. But they're beautifully written. And they carry the story forward quickly.

Less Than a Shadow will leave you pondering the fate of democracy in the Middle East, and a scary sense of the turbulence and terrorism which abounds. But it will also leave you with an upbeat image of the Turkish people, determined to win through at any cost.

Less Than a Shadow was published by Foremost Press under the imprint of Action Tales. It can be ordered through local bookstores and at ForemostPress.com, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com
ISBN 0-9723737-7-2, 223 pp, $12.97

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