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 deci...more
The Chief Elf is determined to spread Christmas cheer and gets him involved in some other Santa duties ...more
The mystery was more like a subplot to the greater story of Nick's survival of a tragic episode that happened in the line of duty (he's a cop).
There were defiantly some tear jerking moments, but overall a inspiring Christmas story.
Instead, Russell decides to go the TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL route. Nothing really wrong with that; it's just not my bag. ST. NICK tries so hard to be uplifting that it quickly got on my nerves. ...more
Still, I mean to write honest thoughts about St. Nick.
Having spent most of 2013 downgrading my view of the goodness in human nature, I opened St. Nick ion a skeptical frame of mind. And when characters performed acts of kindness, I hesitated before accepting them as authentic, even in a fictional sense.
But as the story moved along, and more and more characters, major and walk-on, responded to others and events in loving ways, the armor shielding my heart op ...more
I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.
The idea of having a cop as Santa Claus is somewhat original but the story itself lacks of suspense.
The reader can feel the author's sense of humor and the Christmas' joy comes up during the narrative.
A quite enjoyable reading for a free afternoon.
Well written and well told tale. I wouldn't have read it if it were staged another way, i.e. not in a holiday format or not a fun type of mystery...but I'm so gla ...more
What do you do if you're a cop who's been suspended, your family will have nothing to do with you, the press hound you and treat you as a villain, and it's almost Christmas and you're thinking of eating a bullet? Become a mall Santa, of course.
Police officer Nick Pappas is currently suspended following an on-the-job shooting incident. While sitting around his home, wallowing in pity, Nick gets a call from a former partne ...more
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 co ...more
I had thought Mr Russell must have done some research even before I read his account of events leading up to publication, but didn’t realise the extent and involvement of his research ...more
Mr. Russel HOOKED me in when I read Shame, made a believer out of me of his talents, which are extraordinary, I now see. This book is a mystery, like "Shame" was, but that is as far as the likeness goes.
This is a FEEL GOOD book, to me at least, a book of redemption of a lost soul. A "FEEL GOOD" book, a book that left me wanting to read MORE ...more
I loved the fact that Nick was a grumpy old cop who had to dress up like Santa because it was s ...more
But when an old partner from his previous years in the police asks for his help, he will have to postpone his dilemma and become Saint Nick.
Nick will not just will have to discover the burglars of the shopping mall he is working in, he will have to make true some Christmas wishes... and all in just 24 days!
I can only say good things about this book, Alan Russell has written a cop book with dark humour, a big soul an ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It was predictable, and it wrapped up in a tight little bow, so to speak. To me, it was awesome because the characters seemed like real p ...more
Anyway, the story itself was just fun. A cop is under review for an incident and does not have his badge or his sense of self-worth. His ex-partner turned mall security plans for him to be an undercover Santa at his mall to catch some th ...more
I was seriously boo-hooing and glad nobody was around to see me crying- cause it was "ugly crying". Yes parts were sad but the overall feeling of this book was good will and happiness.
Pick it up- you may just be surprised yourself.
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 ...more