Denver, CO, November 29, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Veteran radio and television writer William Marantz today announced the release of his first novel, Christmas Eve Can Kill You, published by Outskirts Press. Jews don’t celebrate Christmas – and this year will be no exception for radio personality Val Virgo (aka Izzy Miller). After his home is blown out from under him the former country singer takes a trip down memory lane, to the mean streets of his misspent youth, in search of a copycat killer with a personal score to settle. Virgo discovers his hunch is correct. One hour too late.
It’s the Season of Peace and Goodwill - but not for the residents of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The “murder capital of Canada” is more than living up to its name. The latest victims are not anonymous gang members but Chief Judge Robert Brown, Chairman of the Native Justice Commission, and mail carrier Leon Coleman. The Winnipeg Tabloid has published a letter from the "North American Aboriginal Peoples Army of Manitoba" taking credit for the "execution" and apologizing for the "innocent bystander". As Inspector Angus "The Bull" Duncan is reluctantly fielding on-air questions about the elusive NAAPALM a last-minute caller names Virgo as the next victim. His producer, and nemesis, Patricia St. John Hogg, cuts the call off before it goes over the air. Inspector Duncan takes the threat seriously. Virgo laughs it off as a sick joke.
Next morning he wakes up in a hospital bed. And is no longer amused.
Why would any self-respecting terrorist bother assassinating a glorified disk jockey? Virgo wonders, laying low in a seedy motel. In search of the answer he calls on Abigail Brown, the child bride of the late Chief Judge, and forgets the question. He is soon reminded. After the second abortive attempt on his life Virgo moves in with "the merry widow" and they join forces in a race against time that comes to an explosive conclusion just short of the finish line. Part mystery, part thriller, part love story Christmas Eve Can Kill You is difficult to pigeonhole - and impossible to put down.
“The story grabs you immediately and doesn’t let go… Bill Marantz deserves a wide audience. ‘Christmas Eve Can Kill You’ should get him one.” - Eric Wright, award winning author of the Charlie Salter mysteries
Christmas Eve Can Kill You is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.
ISBN: 978-1-4327-6502-6 Format: 6 x 9 paperback white SRP: $14.95
Genre: Fiction/mystery and detective
About the author:
William Marantz, a resident of Winnipeg, Manitoba, has worn many hats, robes, costumes and disguises, including those of criminal court judge, freelance broadcaster and movie critic. He’s written several radio and television dramas for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as well as two feature length screenplays.
For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtpress.com/christmasevecankillyou.
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