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Christmas Eve Can Kill You

Christmas Eve Can Kill You [Kindle Edition]

William Marantz
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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    Product Description

    Product Description

    When country-singer-turned-talkjock Val Virgo (aka Izzy Miller) receives a phone-in death threat from a self-described aboriginal militant, he laughs it off as a sick joke. When he wakes up in a hospital bed, he is no longer amused. Why would any self-respecting "terrorist" plant a bomb in the apartment of glorified disk jockey? In search of the answer to this vexing question Virgo takes a trip down memory lane, to the mean streets of his misspent youth, one step ahead of the mad bomber. The race against time comes to an explosive conclusion when our hero discovers a long-lost enemy virtually on his doorstep - one hour too late.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 413 KB
    • Print Length: 240 pages
    • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.; 2 edition (13 Oct 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0047743D2
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #575,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    William Marantz has practiced law, sat on the bench, reviewed movies, written and acted in movies, radio and television dramas; now he sits in front of a computer all day.

    He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and writes what he knows.

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    3.8 out of 5 stars
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Boring 9 Mar 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Didn't enjoy the book, took me ages to read it. To drawn out, boring not enough happening to keep your interest.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Amusing and Entertaining Read 1 May 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I really enjoyed this book. The protagonist Val Virgo is so wonderfully laid back and world-weary and the supporting characters all colourful and distinct. The story itself is a wee bit different from the normal whodunnit, with plenty of humour and certainly using Winnipeg as a setting was interesting and unusual, at least, I suppose, for people not from Winnipeg. At the outset I thought that Val's constant wise-cracking might begin to wear after a while but his snappy comments and asides were extremely amusing and fitted in really well with the character's sardonic view on life. I read this book in two enjoyable sittings while on holiday. The pace is excellent with never a dull moment and the book comes highly recommended as a good-natured, light-hearted read.

    (Two minor alcohol-realted notes to the author: Johnny Walker is a blend and not a single malt and, of course, unlike inferior immitaions, the spelling of Scotch Whisky has no 'e'.)
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Thriller 14 Jan 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    A thriller with multiple twists, and plenty to keep me interested. It was easy going and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    The only minus points were a number of spelling and punctuation errors particularly near the beginning, and in a couple of places slightly confusing as a few of the characters have multiple names / nicknames. I will be looking out for other books by this author.
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    4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Snap, crackle and pop -- dialogue to die for 5 Jan 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    William Marantz can come again. His first novel Christmas Eve Can Kill You is a cracking read.

    The slightly edge-worn hero is Val Virgo, real name Izzy Miller, who's sunk from being the travelling singer-songwriter Muddy Rivers to taking a job with the Canadian national broadcaster. For Americans, this is the living hell of public service broadcasting. I've been there, done that, won the prizes, ran for my life. So has Marantz, as a movie critic, writer and actor. The realism is superb; every word rings true. Marantz, a Winipeg lawyer, has also written successful radio, TV and film features, and played featured roles in films. It rings in his dialogue and his eye for hanging the lantern just so in his quickly sketched but appeallingly sordid Winipeg landscapes; no actor on his page is ever without `business' either, which gives the whole thing a layered sense that all the best novels have.

    Now Val is working for the pint-sized Patricia St John Hogg, a zero-talent civil servant who is trying to live up to a Napoleon-sized father who was fired from the station a couple of decades ago. Val is interviewing an obstreperous cop about the unsolved murder of a judge when the death-threat against him comes in, and is promptly cut off during the standard delay (you didn't think "live" really means "alive" in PSB, did you then?) by Sinjin Hogg. When the copper has taken away the tape for analysis, the reluctant colleagues demonstrate why one is an entertainer and the other a bureaucrat. First they wait for the recording tech to leave:

    Throughout this familiar ritual the girl wonder was rocking on her heels like someone dying to relieve herself. And as soon as Bans was out of earshot she proceeded to do so, on her favorite target.
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Who Dunnit? 28 April 2011
    By Leaves of Heritage - Published on
    Christmas Eve Can Kill You, by William Marantz is a good paced story about Val Virgo, a mouth jockey at a radio station in Manitoba, and a series of attempts on his life. In a twisting plot, Val tries to figure out what he has in common with 3 other murder victims and who is trying to off him.; is it NAAPALM, an Indian activist group, or someone else? And just where has he seen these people before?

    I enjoyed the pacing and storyline of this book. The main character is a bit of a smart ass, which keeps the story fun to read, and makes him a likable guy. There is some good detail and character development, though one or two of the characters would have benefited from some extra back story. The plot twists are not obvious, and the variety of different possibilities is well thought out.

    There were some technical issues that were distracting, but can be easily fixed, which would make the story all the better. Overall, it was well written, and will keep you guessing as to "who dunnit."
    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-pace and humorous - a delight 15 Nov 2010
    By R. S. Kimsey - Published on
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I enjoyed this book a great deal. In fact, I read it through in two sittings. Mr. Marantz's "voice" is engaging, and he pulls the reader effortlessly through the work. The plot is interesting, and Marantz has a few surprises in store. I also enjoyed the humor, mostly in the form of dialog and the narrator's thoughts - I laughed out loud more than once. One other aspect of the book I really like is the use of use of flashback, which Marantz uses effectively not only to propel the story forward, but to give the reader a cultural snapshot of another time.

    If you are looking for a good read, grab this one.
    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Just bought the book for my birthday 11 Nov 2010
    By Kaitlin (Kate) Lund - Published on
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I can't wait to read the rest of author William Marantz's holiday tale, twisted and twined tightly around a slightly gothic theme. His characters--St. John Hogg and Val Virgo, to name two--are not one dimensional studies for which the reader hopes they suffer a quick suicidal death, but very much indepth with dialogue that rings true to character and narration. Very well written, I might add.
    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful old school mystery 5 Nov 2010
    By J. Hevesy - Published on
    A thoroughly enjoyable read. I picked it up, began reading, and found it full of delicious twists and turns plus, an added bonus, the author's cutting humour. Buy it, pour yourself a drink, sit back and enjoy.
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Mystery Read 8 April 2012
    By Kathy - Published on
    This book was a most enjoyable mystery. The plot development followed a comfortable pace, and I was able to follow the story line of the characters most of the time. I particularly enjoyed the unmasking of the culprit; he was neither obvious nor obscure as the villian. And Abby Brown was a believable character; a nice combination of charisma, bravado, and naiveity. I found aspects of her worth emulating.

    The use of many stereotypical phrases in the first part of the book was distracting for me. Although they provided picturesque descriptions, for me it took too much attention to put them into plain language, so I lost track of the story. At first the unfamiliarity of the Jewish referenceswa difficult for me. Not wanting to miss any implications, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out if there was more to them then I thought. I finally realized that I was actually getting the gist, so just read and enjoyed. Also enjoyed the look into a new setting and some of the politics of the area.

    Thanks for letting me read your book. I look forward to the next one.
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