"Hello, you've reached Banyon Investigations...."Crag Banyon is just your run-of-the-mill P.I. He's got a secretary who loves to hate and hates to love him. His worst enemy in the world is on the local force and relishes the thought of seeing Banyon behind bars. And he's got a knack for attracting all the crazies to his small downtown office above the fish market. So when"Hello, you've reached Banyon Investigations...."Crag Banyon is just your run-of-the-mill P.I. He's got a secretary who loves to hate and hates to love him. His worst enemy in the world is on the local force and relishes the thought of seeing Banyon behind bars. And he's got a knack for attracting all the crazies to his small downtown office above the fish market. So when an elf shows up on a stolen reindeer and hints of foul play at the North Pole, Banyon takes the whole thing in stride, refuses to take the case, and heads off to his favorite saloon. But when the elf turns up dead the next morning, the cops make their least favorite private eye the fall guy.A hunted man, Banyon lams it to the Arctic Circle to clear his name. He quickly finds that Santa's workshop is a lot more dangerous than even a plucky P.I. with a ready quip and a five-alarm hangover can handle. Between fighting for his life and fending off the advances of a hot-to-trot Mrs. Claus, Banyon uncovers a conspiracy that goes far past December 25. If he can just ring in the New Year without a bullet in his brain, it'll all be just another day's work for Crag Banyon, P.I."....he's an SOB, but he's cheap. How may I direct your call?"...
|Title||:||one horse open slay a crag banyon mystery|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||174 Pages|
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one horse open slay a crag banyon mystery Reviews
An amusing piece, sort of Philip Marlowe meets Christmas.Crag Banyon was your typical PI: ex-cop, trench coat, fedora, drinks too much, constantly broke because of few cases, a secretary with which he shared a love-hate relationship, a cop who wanted to see him put away.Not exactly.A new client shows up a few days before Christmas: an elf riding a stolen reindeer, Comet, sucking on a large candy cane, complaining that something bad was going on at the North Pole. At the local bar, with a vampire at one end and a pair of elves, wings flapping, at the other, he gives the little fellow, named Teeny, the brush-off.The next morning he finds himself arrested. Teeny was found murdered, the candy cane driven into his chest, and Banyon was the last man seen with him, joy-riding on the stolen reindeer.Demanding his one phone call, what he calls up is his genie who still owes him a third wish, and gets himself deposited near Santa's land at the North Pole. He needs to clear his name before the police can get there.Banyon finds himself dealing with hoodlum elves, a Santa not quite as friendly as he thought, and a hot-to-trot blond Mrs. Claus.This one was a lot of fun, James Mullaney has been a favorite for years, writing some of the best of The Destroyer series, both solo and in co-writing with creator Warren Murphy when they tried to repair the damage done by the Gold Eagle writers. This book has those same touches of humor and commentary on our world.Recommended.
I might be a bit biased for this book because I painted the cover, but I found the book to be a great light hearted romp in fantasy. In the tradition of the Eddy Bear mysteries and the Dirk Gently mysteries, Mullaney turns the detective novel on its ear. The lovable but gruff detective, Crag Banyon has been framed for the murder of one of Santa's little helpers, and it leads him on a journey through the seedier side of the North Pole.Mullaney does a great job of breathing new life into familiar figures and breaking down your preconceived notions of the holidays. There's a chase scene near the end that isn't to be missed. If you enjoy detective stories mixed with a healthy dose of humor, you'll likely find this to be a grand romp!
James Mullaney has created a charming world in which fairies, vampires, Santa, the Easter Bunny, and even cannibals live not quite peacefully. Crag Banyon is a perfectly pessimistic PI who hates to work and the world in general. In this first novel, he is set up for the murder of one of Santa's elves and heads off to the North Pole to clear his name and save Christmas! This is a truly fun read.
Rude, crude, socially unacceptable and laugh out loud hysterical! Mr. Mullaney clearly has a love and appreciation for the noir genre and a talent for witty humor. He combines them seamlessly and adds in fantasy elements for good measure. Funny and amusing, but still a good solid mystery at heart. Highly enjoyable.