blue-christmas Title: Blue Christmas and other Holiday Homicides
Release: October 2001
ISBN: 0-786-23551-9
Publisher: Fivestar Press


Here is a cornucopia of holiday-themed tales of crime and mystery, cleverly told by master storyteller Max Allan Collins.  Three novellas anchor the book, all featuring '40s era Chicago P.I. Richard Stone.  "A Wreath for Marley" adds intrigue to a traditional Christmas tale; "Flowers for Bill O'Reilly" infuses a Memorial Day setting with horror-movie madness; and in the Thanksgiving yarn "A Bird for Becky," a sweet twelve-year-old girl turns out to be the reincarnation of a rubbed-out Chicago gangster.

    Also included are the short stories "Mommy," a Mother's Day tale that became the bases of a cult movie; "Firecracker Kill," a Fourth of July serial-killer noir that pairs a cop and a mod enforcer as heroes; and "His Father's Ghost," a Halloween-meets-Father's Day study of an adopted boy's search for the killer of the father he never met.


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