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St. Nick Paperback – March 18, 2014
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About the Author
Alan Russell is the bestselling author of ten novels, including Burning Man, Shame, Multiple Wounds, The Hotel Detective, and Political Suicide. His books have been nominated for most of the major awards in crime fiction, and he has won a Lefty award for best comedic mystery, a USA Today Critics’ Choice Award, two San Diego Book Awards for best mystery novel, and the Odin Award for Lifetime Achievement from the San Diego Writers/Editor Guild. He lives with his wife and children in Encinitas, California.
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Top Customer Reviews
After reading the first 4 episodes the characters have really developed. This is such a feel good storyline. I hate having to wait to see how it will turn out.
Each episode builds your anticipation. You'll become invested in the characters,
The rating I gave after the first few installments required an up tick.
In the 5th episode a Christmas Mirical occurred to me. I don't like football but when the plot took me there I went willingly because good writing captured me pulling me to cheer for the San Diego Sea lions. This has elevated the title to must read Christmas stories for me.
The author does a fantastic job of depicting the crass commercialism that we now associate with this holiday, which evokes the Grinch in many of us. Keeping in mind that this is a mystery/thriller/police procedural, he blends in a very common type of crime. A crime that can occur any day of the year, but one that is so much more hurtful and devastating during this season of giving.
The main character is a police officer embroiled in a situation that may possibly end his career. The situation leaves him questioning everything in his life, personally and professionally. As for the Christmas holiday, for him it's just another day, empty and devoid of joyous emotions.It has him wondering whether, for him, life is worth living.
As I turned the pages I was anxious to find out what the next page held in store. But I found myself slowing my reading so that I could grasp every nuance, every emotion. I did not expect to find tears welling up, but I did. And there were many times that I found myself either chuckling or laughing heartily.
This is one book that I most probably will reread in the future, when I find myself wondering "what's all the fuss about". Most probably right after I watch the seasonal classic, "It's A Wonderful Life". This book, like that classic movie,reminds us that life is worth living. And at the end, you'll feel young at heart again, and remember the magic you felt when you were young enough to believe in Santa.
As for reading another book by this author - this is the third book that I've read, and far from the last. I discovered Alan Russell when I came across the book, "Guardians of the Night", recently released. To say that I'm anxiously awaiting his next book is an understatement. But I'll be keeping myself busy reading his older published works.
Alan tells a good story, builds great characters and plays with your emotions in the final chapters.
I'll be looking for other works by him.