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Christmas Eve Can Kill You Paperback – October 20, 2010
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The realism is superb, every word rings true. --Andre Jute, author of Writing a Thriller.
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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."
If you are looking for a good read, grab this one.
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.
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.
Marantz is head and shoulders above the rest in this crowded genre. His eccentric humor and crystal clear prose are what you might get if you crossed Jasper Fford with Michael Chabon. His energetic writing pulls you by the collar through a tangled plot that he deftly untwists. Val Virgo, failed country singer and indifferent talk-show host, is as unforgettable as that screwball friend who used to crack you up in school. Marantz creates heroes who are flawed and bad guys have good parts, and you end up believing them all.
Granted, there are moments when you can lose the thread, but not many and never for long. And for readers south of the Provinces, some of the local color and Canadian references can take a few extra milliseconds to puzzle out. Still, my mouse hovered between a four and a five star rating only because of the weak copy-editing that left a dirty ring of typos around the tub. If you can ignore them, prepare yourself for a great read with a satisfying resolution.
--Larry Constantine, writing as Lior Samson, author of Bashert, The Dome, and Web Games
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The title of the book “Christmas Eve Can Kill You” immediately piqued my interest. A quote from the book, “‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas’ doesn't warm the cockles of the old... Read morePublished 11 months ago by E. I. HOOD
I really enjoyed this book. It had everything I like in a book: humor, suspense, mystery, and romance. It did have some editing errors. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Avid Reader
A gripping story and an adventure that keeps you on the edge till the end. The twists and turns in it will keep rolling. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Jeff Rivera
I read this book because the author commented on another review I did (of a story I gave one star). He said he wasn't getting any reviews even though his book was free too and felt... Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by G'ma
The book started off slow stayed slow until 80% into the book, then finally got interesting. Had a good ending that was unexpected. There are a lot of typos, missed words, etc. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Candygirl780
The story flow was smooth, and the outcome exciting. Character development was a bit sketchy for some, others were full and well developed.Published on December 13, 2012 by Clearance Junkie
William Marantz has written a mystery thriller set in Winnipeg. The prologue, while intriguing, focuses on a thief, plying his trade, on Christmas Eve. Read morePublished on February 11, 2012 by grammy1
If you want a great book to read for the Christmas season, try William Marantz's CHRISTMAS EVE CAN KILL YOU. Read morePublished on November 29, 2011 by James A. Anderson