A Christmas Cop Novel
When Santa Claus is a cop, you better watch out.
It’s not looking like a very merry Christmas for San Diego cop Nick Pappas. Suspended from his job, alienated from his family, and persecuted by the press, he’s sorely tempted to turn his gun on himself. Except for his first name, he couldn’t possibly have less in common with jolly old St. Nicholas. But when a local mall decides it needs a secret Santa to help collar some vicious muggers preying on its holiday shoppers, Nick’s persuaded to red-suit up so as to take the naughty punks down and avert a ho-ho homicide
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In 1990 Walker & Company published Alan Russell's first book, "No Sign of Murder," which received positive reviews, including a standalone rave from The New York Times. The work was followed up by "The Forest Prime Evil" and comedic mysteries "The Hotel Detective" and "The Fat Innkeeper," which won him The Lefty award, given to the best comedic mystery of the year and a Critics’ Choice Award. His novel "Multiple Wounds," a psychological thriller earned him a nomination for both an Anthony Award and the Macavity Award for best novel of the year. Russell then published "Shame," a novel of psychological suspense. His next books, "Exposure," "Political Suicide," and "Burning Man," have been categorized as suspense novels.