Trade paperback, 129 pages
October 2017, $13.99
When Jingle Bell, Santa’s SEIC Santa-Elf-in-Charge) for Southeastern operations of the SBI (Santa Bureau of Investigation) is assigned to recover the naughty list from a rogue elf, he finds himself in need of human partners. He recruits Nep Thomas, a PI in Coral Lakes, Florida. But the problem grows as Jingle, aka Rocky, discovers that his adversary, Rime, is dealing with Abdul Abaddah, a Mid-East terrorist recruiter and financier. More support is needed. Soon, Rocky’s group grows to a magnificent seven, but they face a dirty dozen. Only when the dozen has been neutralized – without serious injury – can Rocky bring Rime to justice.
If you have read anything by Randy Rawls you know he is not afraid to mix old and new, and make up whatever is required to fill the gaps. When Santa's naughty list is stolen by a rogue elf, and human PIs are called in to recover the data, as well as deal with some nasty human terrorists, we have no idea what will happen next. Except that the Killian's Red will be flowing.
Relaxing and body watching on a Florida beach, PI Nep Thomas is unprepared for a small person in a tiny speedo to change his life. Nep's stomach plays a role in the persuasion.Readers as well as other PIs need a strong dose of "Suspension of Disbelief " before the bad guys are caught and Santa's list is recovered. There are crossover characters from other of Rawls' books.
If you are expecting some simple North Pole magic, this is not the book for you.
With elements of the old west and dangers of the new middle east plus reference to present day whole world problems, this is a hard hitting challenge about preventing terrorist recruitment without the solid evidence to go through "proper chanels."
Randy was born and reared in Williamston, North Carolina, a small town in the northeastern part of the state. From there, he says he inherited a sense of responsibility, a belief in fair play, and a love of country. As a career US Army officer, he had the opportunity to learn, travel, teach, and hone talents inherited from his parents. Following retirement, he worked in other ventures for the US Government. Every job has in some way been fun. Even the dark days of Vietnam had their light moments, and he cherishes the camaraderie that was an integral part of survival in that hostile world.
At an early age, Randy discovered the town library and the librarian. She was a wonderful lady, who loved to introduce children to books. She engendered in him a love of the written word. Then, one day many years later, he sat at his computer and began to type. About a year later, he had a tome as long and heavy as WAR AND PEACE (or so it seemed). Giving himself every benefit of the doubt, he will simply say, "It stunk." But the seed was planted, and he continued to compose and continued to learn.
Today, he has short stories in several anthologies, and a growing list of novels to his credit. As a prolific reader, the reads across several genres and takes that into his writing. He has written mysteries, thrillers, an historical, and two fantasy/mystery/thrillers featuring a Santa Elf. The count is now at fourteen and growing. He is a regular contributor to Happy Homicides, a twice annual anthology of cozy short stories. He also has a series of short stories featuring a cattle-herding burro. Wherever his imagination will take him, he follows.
Randy writes because he enjoys it and smiles because life is fun. Learn more about Randy and his work at www.randyrawls.com.