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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432765027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432765026
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,062,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story grabs you immediately and doesn't let go. Bill Marantz deserves a wide audience, Christmas Eve Can Kill You should get him one. --Eric Wright, author of Charlie Salter Mysteries.

The realism is superb, every word rings true. --Andre Jute, author of Writing a Thriller.

From the Author

I have been asked if any of the characters in this novel are based on real people. As a former lawyer I know better than to answer that question. I will only say that I have no imagination. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Bill Marantz lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he practiced law for a number of years, and was a part-time Provincial Court Judge for the last few. Concurrently with his legal activities Marantz freelanced at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where he started out reviewing movies, and ended up writing television dramas, in one of which Toni Award winner Len Cariou made his TV debut. Marantz's first novel, Christmas Eve Can Kill You, reflects his legal and broadcasting experience, as does his short story collection, The Convert.

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The twists and turns in it will keep rolling.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Leaves of Heritage on April 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Christmas Eve Can Kill You, by William Marantz is a good paced story about Val Virgo, a mouth jockey at a radio station in Manitoba, and a series of attempts on his life. In a twisting plot, Val tries to figure out what he has in common with 3 other murder victims and who is trying to off him.; is it NAAPALM, an Indian activist group, or someone else? And just where has he seen these people before?

I enjoyed the pacing and storyline of this book. The main character is a bit of a smart ass, which keeps the story fun to read, and makes him a likable guy. There is some good detail and character development, though one or two of the characters would have benefited from some extra back story. The plot twists are not obvious, and the variety of different possibilities is well thought out.

There were some technical issues that were distracting, but can be easily fixed, which would make the story all the better. Overall, it was well written, and will keep you guessing as to "who dunnit."
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. S. Kimsey on November 15, 2010
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I enjoyed this book a great deal. In fact, I read it through in two sittings. Mr. Marantz's "voice" is engaging, and he pulls the reader effortlessly through the work. The plot is interesting, and Marantz has a few surprises in store. I also enjoyed the humor, mostly in the form of dialog and the narrator's thoughts - I laughed out loud more than once. One other aspect of the book I really like is the use of use of flashback, which Marantz uses effectively not only to propel the story forward, but to give the reader a cultural snapshot of another time.

If you are looking for a good read, grab this one.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kaitlin (Kate) Lund on November 11, 2010
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I can't wait to read the rest of author William Marantz's holiday tale, twisted and twined tightly around a slightly gothic theme. His characters--St. John Hogg and Val Virgo, to name two--are not one dimensional studies for which the reader hopes they suffer a quick suicidal death, but very much indepth with dialogue that rings true to character and narration. Very well written, I might add.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Hevesy on November 5, 2010
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A thoroughly enjoyable read. I picked it up, began reading, and found it full of delicious twists and turns plus, an added bonus, the author's cutting humour. Buy it, pour yourself a drink, sit back and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on April 8, 2012
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This book was a most enjoyable mystery. The plot development followed a comfortable pace, and I was able to follow the story line of the characters most of the time. I particularly enjoyed the unmasking of the culprit; he was neither obvious nor obscure as the villian. And Abby Brown was a believable character; a nice combination of charisma, bravado, and naiveity. I found aspects of her worth emulating.

The use of many stereotypical phrases in the first part of the book was distracting for me. Although they provided picturesque descriptions, for me it took too much attention to put them into plain language, so I lost track of the story. At first the unfamiliarity of the Jewish referenceswa difficult for me. Not wanting to miss any implications, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out if there was more to them then I thought. I finally realized that I was actually getting the gist, so just read and enjoyed. Also enjoyed the look into a new setting and some of the politics of the area.

Thanks for letting me read your book. I look forward to the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mountainmama on January 7, 2012
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I got this book on Christmas Eve and read it over the Christmas holiday. I have to say, if you are looking for a sweet, feel-good Christmas story - look elsewhere. Mr. Marantz has written a gritty, witty, twisting tale of murder and mayhem that keeps you guessing until the last page.

Set in Canada in the depressing middle of winter, this is a story about Val Virgo, a failed country singer-turned-talk-radio-host on a mediocre program. He is threatened during an interview, but disregards the warning until he wakes up in a hospital room after a bomb destroys his house. Temporarily out of a home and a job, he sets out to discover the links between himself and the previous victims of the bomber. Along the way he finds himself falling in love with the widow of one of the victims, loses his temporary shelter to another bombing, discovers his program director has stolen his job, and starts seeing conspiracies in every relationship.

Clever and amusing, this book will keep you entertained. Mr. Marantz is a fine wordsmith whose sarcasm and biting wit come through on every page. There are some proofing errors, but not enough to detract from the story. I loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 2001
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Val Virgo is a one-time country singer and a burned out talk show host. He's led a disorderly life, but that's no reason for him to be targeted by a mad bomber on a vengeful quest. And until Val can figure out who's trying to kill him, and why, both his life and his newfound love are in terrible danger.
This is a fast-moving story with a rich cast of characters and a plot that keeps the reader guessing right up until the final shattering scenes. But even more absorbing is the glimpse inside the mind of Virgo himself. Val Virgo is irreverent, tender, funny, cynical and philosophical by turns... and always politically incorrect! In fact, he is so memorable and delightful that this reader hopes the cryptic final sentence contains promise of a sequel in the offing....
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