There's a murder in the heart of Manhattan, a simple corpse... stretched out on a bench in Herald Square Park. On any other day, in any other city, the slaying would be a sidebar of filler news for the networks to bury. But this was Christmas in the city that never slept, the Big Shiny Apple, a 24-hour media show of spectacular brilliance. At the center of the universe is the King of Christmas.
Mr. Jolly Old Santa Claus didn't end up dead in broad daylight. The Mayor knew the homicide was a real tourist killer, a heartbreak story that could destroy the biggest shopping season of the year.
Thus, with City Hall wanting answers, the Police Commissioner is leaning hard on his men for answers.
Enter tough-talking and street-savvy Puerto Rican Lieutenant Rico Martinez and his crackerjack Irish Sergeant Mike Murphy.
Dispatched to the scene to hunt down leads, they NYPD Commissioner is intent on cracking the case. What nobody expected was a parallel FBI Serial Killer Task Force investigation into similar murders along the East Coast of America. When the agencies clash, it doesn't take long for everyone to figure out they're hunting the same psychotic, diabolical lunatic who's already been on police radar.
In a rush against time... New York's Finest and the New York Office of the FBI must break out the killer's Naughty List, and hunt down the monster intent on ruining Christmas.
Called 'The 'Scariest book since The Exorcist, Smith's debut novel hits a home run with this psychological thriller.
Readers claim that reading Smith's take on very real characters from Manhattan South Homicide is like watching a mind movie. The text jumps from the page and creates vivid images.
Lock the doors, pull the blinds, and run for your life. It's gonna be a merry, scary Christmas.
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The Best Christmas Horror Ever
I have to admit, I purchased this book thinking how could anyone pull off a murder novel about a serial killing story involving a Santa Claus Killer? This novel had so many twists and turns, wow! One of the best books I’ve ever read in this genre. Why this author is not a number one New York Times bestseller is a mystery, he Most certainly writes ten times better than Patterson and reviewers compare him to Stephen King? Really? What? I’d suggest Mister Smith leaves S. King in the dust!!!!!!!!!!!!! Makes one wonder about the publishing world and why writers like this guy remain unknown ? Why?