I was looking for a noir novel with a Christmas theme. Something similar to the book I reviewed last year. While browsing some of Amazon’s Christmas offerings, I came across St. Nick by Alan Russell. It wasn’t quite what I was looking for, but I’ll get to that.
The book opens on Thanksgiving afternoon. Disgraced San Diego cop Nick Pappas has gotten up and is trying to decide what to eat, the bowl of cereal he’s just poured…or his service revolver.
So far, so good. This is a good opening, and I’m wondering what is going to keep Pappas from offing himself. The phone rings, and it’s his first partner, who is retired from the force and is in charge of security at a large mall. There have been some violent muggings at the mall. Can Nick go undergover? Continue reading