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There's a murder in the heart of Manhattan, a simple corpse... stretched out upon a bench in Herald Square Park. On any other day, in any other city, the bloody slaying would be a sidebar of filler news for the networks to bury. But this was Christmas in the city that never slept, the Big Shiny Apple... a 24-hour media show of spectacular brilliance. At the center of the There's a murder in the heart of Manhattan, a simple corpse... stretched out upon a bench in Herald Square Park. On any other day, in any other city, the bloody slaying would be a sidebar of filler news for the networks to bury. But this was Christmas in the city that never slept, the Big Shiny Apple... a 24-hour media show of spectacular brilliance. At the center of the universe, the King of Christmas, Mr. Jolly Old Santa Claus didn't end up dead in broad daylight. The Mayor knew the murder was a real tourist killer, a heartbreak story that could destroy the biggest shopping season of the year. Thus, with City Hall wanting answers, the Police Commissioner is leaning on his men for answers. Enter the tough talking, street savvy, Puerto Rican Lieutenant, Rico Martinez, and his crackerjack Irish Sergeant, Mike Murphy. Dispatched to the scene to hunt down leads, they are intent on cracking the case. What nobody expected was a parallel FBI Serial Killer Task Force investigation into similar murders. When the agencies come together, it doesn't take long for everyone to figure they're hunting the same psychotic, diabolical lunatic who's already on police radar. In a rush against time... New York's Finest must break out the killer's Naughty List, and hunt down the monster intent on ruining Christmas. Lock the doors, close the blinds, and run for your life. It's gonna be a merry, scary Christmas. Called 'The 'Scariest book since The Exorcist', Smith hits a home run with this debut psychological thriller.


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There's a murder in the heart of Manhattan, a simple corpse... stretched out upon a bench in Herald Square Park. On any other day, in any other city, the bloody slaying would be a sidebar of filler news for the networks to bury. But this was Christmas in the city that never slept, the Big Shiny Apple... a 24-hour media show of spectacular brilliance. At the center of the There's a murder in the heart of Manhattan, a simple corpse... stretched out upon a bench in Herald Square Park. On any other day, in any other city, the bloody slaying would be a sidebar of filler news for the networks to bury. But this was Christmas in the city that never slept, the Big Shiny Apple... a 24-hour media show of spectacular brilliance. At the center of the universe, the King of Christmas, Mr. Jolly Old Santa Claus didn't end up dead in broad daylight. The Mayor knew the murder was a real tourist killer, a heartbreak story that could destroy the biggest shopping season of the year. Thus, with City Hall wanting answers, the Police Commissioner is leaning on his men for answers. Enter the tough talking, street savvy, Puerto Rican Lieutenant, Rico Martinez, and his crackerjack Irish Sergeant, Mike Murphy. Dispatched to the scene to hunt down leads, they are intent on cracking the case. What nobody expected was a parallel FBI Serial Killer Task Force investigation into similar murders. When the agencies come together, it doesn't take long for everyone to figure they're hunting the same psychotic, diabolical lunatic who's already on police radar. In a rush against time... New York's Finest must break out the killer's Naughty List, and hunt down the monster intent on ruining Christmas. Lock the doors, close the blinds, and run for your life. It's gonna be a merry, scary Christmas. Called 'The 'Scariest book since The Exorcist', Smith hits a home run with this debut psychological thriller.

30 review for The Santa Claus Killer (FBI Serial Killer Task Force Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Bristow Harris

    "The Santa Claus Killer" is a superb debut thriller by RJ Smith. I saved this book to read in the festive timeline, instead of your usual cheery Christmas read! This book was a real treat! The serial killer was creepy beyond belief. He really came to life between the pages of the book and more than once I was truly creeped out, I love cats but will never look at them in the same way again ~ think a highly creepy version of Alice's Cheshire Cat....!! All I can finish this with is: "Watch Your Six" w "The Santa Claus Killer" is a superb debut thriller by RJ Smith. I saved this book to read in the festive timeline, instead of your usual cheery Christmas read! This book was a real treat! The serial killer was creepy beyond belief. He really came to life between the pages of the book and more than once I was truly creeped out, I love cats but will never look at them in the same way again ~ think a highly creepy version of Alice's Cheshire Cat....!! All I can finish this with is: "Watch Your Six" when the author brings his next book out. This one is not to be missed. This book will chill you to the bone, make sure you wrap up warm and know where the light switch is when you're finished, you'll need it to check the dark corners of the room! A massive Thank You to RJ Smith for giving me a copy of "The Santa Claus Killer" in exchange for a fair and honest review. Brilliant read which I highly recommend.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Knippa

    A holiday thrill ride though the streets of New York City and the mind of a phychopath; with twists more tangled than last years Christmas lights! Beware: this author does not mince his words and some of them can be quite crude (even outside of character) which was the reason of the 4 star. I can't give .5 in the GR system and couldn't bring myself to give it 5 for that reason. A great and morbid Christmas experience! I highly recommend listening to the brightest and cheeriest holiday music you A holiday thrill ride though the streets of New York City and the mind of a phychopath; with twists more tangled than last years Christmas lights! Beware: this author does not mince his words and some of them can be quite crude (even outside of character) which was the reason of the 4 star. I can't give .5 in the GR system and couldn't bring myself to give it 5 for that reason. A great and morbid Christmas experience! I highly recommend listening to the brightest and cheeriest holiday music you can find as a background soundtrack, it enhances the chill.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kat Yares

    One of the most entertaining and fun serial killer fiction books I've ever read. Somehow, RJ Smith manages to make the reader somehow like the killer - even if he is warped and demented. A great read. One of the most entertaining and fun serial killer fiction books I've ever read. Somehow, RJ Smith manages to make the reader somehow like the killer - even if he is warped and demented. A great read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I rarely read horror stories and when I do I rarely give them 5 stars. This one had me hooked from the beginning. From the little song rhymes to the gruesome trail of bodies Santa left, I just couldn't pull my eyes away. I had to keep forcing myself to put the book down for family activities (it is the holidays so I can't be scrooge, I have to participate LOL). I would definitely read another book by this author. I rarely read horror stories and when I do I rarely give them 5 stars. This one had me hooked from the beginning. From the little song rhymes to the gruesome trail of bodies Santa left, I just couldn't pull my eyes away. I had to keep forcing myself to put the book down for family activities (it is the holidays so I can't be scrooge, I have to participate LOL). I would definitely read another book by this author.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lynelle Clark

    Gruesome, and twisted but brilliant! I received a signed copy of the much anticipated book from the author RJ Smith. I have read many of the reviews on Facebook about this book, and it is true nothing will prepare you for the content of this book. Firstly, I have to say that I am not a horror fanatic, at all! Do not read books or watch movies in this genre. Just too gory for me, thank you. J Where to begin! The story is unique, well written with enough detail to see it happening right before your e Gruesome, and twisted but brilliant! I received a signed copy of the much anticipated book from the author RJ Smith. I have read many of the reviews on Facebook about this book, and it is true nothing will prepare you for the content of this book. Firstly, I have to say that I am not a horror fanatic, at all! Do not read books or watch movies in this genre. Just too gory for me, thank you. J Where to begin! The story is unique, well written with enough detail to see it happening right before your eyes. Like watching it on a big screen. I loved the clever snippets, with different fonts, creating the sounds and atmosphere as you read the story. The nursery rhymes gave it an eerie feeling as the story builds, layer upon layer to reveal all the twists in the plot. Shocking revelations that laid the sickness of humanity in horrific encounters, as bodies appeared. Piling up as Santa Claus walks the streets of New York. As a foreigner, who have never been in New York the descriptions of this city is entertaining, but yet amongst all the glamour and lights an empty world is revealed. Struggling street kids, worthless homeless bums, the filth of the streets giving you another glimpse of this well known icon in America. As I read the book, the well known phrase of Frank Sinatra’s song came to mind. If I can make it there I'll make it anywhere It's up to you New York, New York Life is hard, even here in this much talked about, dreams come true, tourist attraction. The characters were fascinating, well researched, always with a human side as the gruesome story unfolds. Stefan, a street kid’s character touched your heart as he faced the many difficulties of life, friendship, parenthood and survival. Ending up as a hero, and for the first time he knew he belonged. I loved all the different names of the Killer as the author kept your focus throughout the story line. Knee Bouncer or Cat Killer just to name two. I can not reveal too much J Buy and read the book,, really! The personality of this creep, his inward struggles with demons and ghosts as he walked the streets in his Santa suit, a real nut case on two legs. With bodies everywhere, blood always drips to announce his arrival. His sick and twisted mind in delirium, with his faithful hatchet in his hand, and ghostly voices in his head, always urging him on. Rico Martinez, hard-ass detective, on his way out, and his team had to catch this man as Christmas comes closer. Chasing this man all around the sewers and filth, with shocking discoveries along the way. Even a romance developing, so sweet. J Captivating and thrilling with actual facts mixed within the story line makes this a great read, one I can recommend to all fans of horror. It will keep you glued to the book, even after dark, with Santa’s ring tone in your head. Masterfully created to makes this a Best Seller. I am really looking forward to more books out of this author’s pen (keyboard).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Glenda Findley

    R.J. Smith has set the standard high with this first novel. I do not generally read horror, so I cannot make any comparisons with the current market, but I am impressed with this book. The cover depicts the plot well. A killer dressed in the seasonal Santa Claus costume. Excellent characterization weaved throughout the surprise twists and turns of the plot kept me steadily reading. As a country girl that hasn't visited Manhattan, I could identify with the early Midwestern tourist mother and her R.J. Smith has set the standard high with this first novel. I do not generally read horror, so I cannot make any comparisons with the current market, but I am impressed with this book. The cover depicts the plot well. A killer dressed in the seasonal Santa Claus costume. Excellent characterization weaved throughout the surprise twists and turns of the plot kept me steadily reading. As a country girl that hasn't visited Manhattan, I could identify with the early Midwestern tourist mother and her twins. The peripheral characters, even the protagonists' have personality flaws bringing the tale alive countering the expected graphic gore. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's unique style and short chapters. Excellent rhythm and flow with addition of sensory pauses of sound. While not for the faint hearted, or easily offended, Mr. Smith has inserted American societal current events from tragedy, literature, movies, and politics in a well-balanced scattering throughout the tale, while enhancing the psychological thriller plot. While seasonal on the appearance, I think this could easily be read year-round. I recommend this totally gripping tale and am looking forward to his next release.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Donald White

    Christmas is a season of joy: of giving and receiving. But this year, the giving comes in the form of a hatchet, and the receiving ends with the shedding of blood... An assault on the streets of New York, leads to a series of murders in the city that never sleeps. The killer is dressed as Santa Claus and wielding a bloody hatchet. And so, the authorities search desperately for the not-so-jolly Saint Nick. The killings in this dark tale are brutal and disturbing. At first, it does not seem to make Christmas is a season of joy: of giving and receiving. But this year, the giving comes in the form of a hatchet, and the receiving ends with the shedding of blood... An assault on the streets of New York, leads to a series of murders in the city that never sleeps. The killer is dressed as Santa Claus and wielding a bloody hatchet. And so, the authorities search desperately for the not-so-jolly Saint Nick. The killings in this dark tale are brutal and disturbing. At first, it does not seem to make sense. But slowly, the pieces come together and the terror builds. There is definitely a feel of the real world, with references to recent events. All of this serves to bring the story dangerously close to home. When the authorities enter the picture, investigative procedures are described in detail. The police detectives are seen as people, struggling against an enemy that always seems to be one step ahead of them. But the real gift is yet to come. And one teenage boy will face the very stuff of nightmares. He cannot run, nor can he hide. He'd better watch out, and better not pout... for The Santa Claus Killer is coming to town.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jada Ryker

    For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls... The title of the Santa Claus Killer and the cover catch the reader's interest. The exciting action and professional writing by RJ Smith keep and hold the reader's interest. With forays into the police department, criminal justice system ("After a short recess wrangling over the motion to dismiss, the judge felt like his balls had been clipped and shipped to the Bar Association for filing."), and the "mean streets" of New York, the reader feels as if he's ridden Th For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls... The title of the Santa Claus Killer and the cover catch the reader's interest. The exciting action and professional writing by RJ Smith keep and hold the reader's interest. With forays into the police department, criminal justice system ("After a short recess wrangling over the motion to dismiss, the judge felt like his balls had been clipped and shipped to the Bar Association for filing."), and the "mean streets" of New York, the reader feels as if he's ridden The Beast, Chang, and Thunder Run in quick succession. The writing style, which channels shades of King, Barker, Hammett, and (amazingly) Grisham, keeps the reader engaged and on the edge of the seat. This is a great work, part book, part movie, part pop culture, part psychological thriller, part...parts!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    An EXCELLENT story! Mr. Smith has a rare and special talent to write in VIVID pictures. I was captured in the moment of every chapter as if I was a part of each scene. From the introduction of characters, to the story that builds around them, the author makes you feel the character's emotions, lifestyle, heart and the surroundings of which they live. His talent in writing the detective scenes as they chase the diabolical killer is SUPERB and the killer himself was written ... well, let's just say An EXCELLENT story! Mr. Smith has a rare and special talent to write in VIVID pictures. I was captured in the moment of every chapter as if I was a part of each scene. From the introduction of characters, to the story that builds around them, the author makes you feel the character's emotions, lifestyle, heart and the surroundings of which they live. His talent in writing the detective scenes as they chase the diabolical killer is SUPERB and the killer himself was written ... well, let's just say he made my skin crawl sending chills up & down my spine. In final words to RJ SMITH... thanks for your storytelling as I put you in the company of great writers such as Elmore Leonard, Ann Rice, Stephen King and Sidney Sheldon, you are the new kid on the block and welcome to the neighborhood! I am already looking forward to your next book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christina Keats

    Talk about a ride! Throughout every chapter the story is on the move and has you twisted! I love how the author takes the reader into the minds of each of the main characters. With so many personal backgrounds and viewpoints that are explained so well, you really felt like you were right there watching the events unfold. What also grabbed me until the very end were the questions and possibilities of resolve. There are no dull moments here and these possibilities that were naturally planted throu Talk about a ride! Throughout every chapter the story is on the move and has you twisted! I love how the author takes the reader into the minds of each of the main characters. With so many personal backgrounds and viewpoints that are explained so well, you really felt like you were right there watching the events unfold. What also grabbed me until the very end were the questions and possibilities of resolve. There are no dull moments here and these possibilities that were naturally planted throughout the story leave the reader "solving" throughout the entire read. Excitement, intrigue, satisfaction and closure sum up my experience reading this book...I'm looking forward to reading more from RJ!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carol Hovsepian

    I don't usually like to read stories about trying to find murderers running havoc. But, I have to say, the brilliant, unique writing style that author R.J.Smith uses to suck you in, is compelling in itself. It's clear that the author knows NYC inside out which makes us visualize that we are not only following bad Santa ourselves through Times Square, but also makes us aware that we, as readers, are being followed as well.And that's creepy. His chapters don't follow a traditional flow as found in I don't usually like to read stories about trying to find murderers running havoc. But, I have to say, the brilliant, unique writing style that author R.J.Smith uses to suck you in, is compelling in itself. It's clear that the author knows NYC inside out which makes us visualize that we are not only following bad Santa ourselves through Times Square, but also makes us aware that we, as readers, are being followed as well.And that's creepy. His chapters don't follow a traditional flow as found in most fictional books. He deviates from some chapters to focus on a specific character or two that really pulls us into their minds and motivations. I love that! You feel you know these characters and the murderous world they partake in even if you've never been to NYC.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linda Barton

    RJ Smith has created a story that will pull you in and hold you there until the last page. This story isn't Sugar and Spice, so be prepared to leave all the lights on while reading this tale of terror. I found myself cringing at what this Santa would do to his victims, as RJ was able to clearly paint the images in my mind. I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy losing themselves in a dark, and twisted world. RJ Smith has created a story that will pull you in and hold you there until the last page. This story isn't Sugar and Spice, so be prepared to leave all the lights on while reading this tale of terror. I found myself cringing at what this Santa would do to his victims, as RJ was able to clearly paint the images in my mind. I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy losing themselves in a dark, and twisted world.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shina

    This was the best book I have read in a long time. It had me on the edge of my seat. There were a couple of twists at the end that I wasn't expecting and that made the book all the better. If you like horror and gore The Santa Claus Killer is a MUST read!!!! This was the best book I have read in a long time. It had me on the edge of my seat. There were a couple of twists at the end that I wasn't expecting and that made the book all the better. If you like horror and gore The Santa Claus Killer is a MUST read!!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Donna Riegel

    This book was very scary and gory. I enjoyed reading it. What an imagination this author has. One part in the book I was reading while I was eating and could not finish what I was eating. I really want to read his next book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carl

    If I could describe this book with two words they would be delightfully demented and I mean that in a good way. Great storytelling with excellent twists and turns along the way. Can't wait to read more of RJ Smith's work! If I could describe this book with two words they would be delightfully demented and I mean that in a good way. Great storytelling with excellent twists and turns along the way. Can't wait to read more of RJ Smith's work!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rickie

    A thrilling tale that I couldn't put down around Christmas the year I got it. I waited so long to read it, mostly since it was a gift from Goodreads, and I enjoyed every detailed second of this book. R.J. Smith certainly has a talent with writing! A thrilling tale that I couldn't put down around Christmas the year I got it. I waited so long to read it, mostly since it was a gift from Goodreads, and I enjoyed every detailed second of this book. R.J. Smith certainly has a talent with writing!

  17. 4 out of 5

    J.J. Tuite

    Holy Cow! This book was intense! Written amazingly well! Twists and turns that I never would have thought possible!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tim Buck

    Wow; I do not want to meet this Santa at Christmas!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eirlys

    Horror Personified This was a horror story to scare the most sceptic of readers. There were countless twists in this tale, but everyone of them brought a new wave of fear and loathing.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    good story

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rich Meyer

    I hate to say it, but this book is a definite contender for the worst book I've read this year. At least so far. Now the cover was pretty good. In fact, it was probably the best thing about the book. I kinda wish it was on a good book; I hate seeing a good cover go to waste. This is a concept that's been done to death (forgive the pun) over the years in trashy b-movies. "Silent Night, Deadly Night", "Cannibal Santa" , "Tales from the Crypt" ... the whole deranged Santa thing is old hat, so you'v I hate to say it, but this book is a definite contender for the worst book I've read this year. At least so far. Now the cover was pretty good. In fact, it was probably the best thing about the book. I kinda wish it was on a good book; I hate seeing a good cover go to waste. This is a concept that's been done to death (forgive the pun) over the years in trashy b-movies. "Silent Night, Deadly Night", "Cannibal Santa" , "Tales from the Crypt" ... the whole deranged Santa thing is old hat, so you've got to come up with something good to stand out. It wasn't this book. The narrative seems written as if it was either a screenplay for a TV show, with plot points given in nice blocks between commercial, or by someone who expected the audience to have ADD and can't handle diverse written discourse. All through reading it, I was hoping it would develop into something more than it was trying to be. A parody maybe? Satire? But it didn't. It continued down the same, dull, predictable lines. There's really nothing about it I can recommend to anyone. The story was something you'll have already read or watched a dozen times; there's no great mystery to solve, the procedural aspects of it have been ground into anyone who has watched more than one episode of CSI or Law and Order. The characters were cardboard, and there isn't anyone even remotely sympathetic in the book, other than a bunch of dead and frozen cats. They're really the most interesting characters in the book. They don't telegraph anything, they don't do anything annoying and they don't open their mouths. Otherwise, it's just a bunch of jerk cops, a bunch of moronic wannabe gangstas, and a crazy serial killer. You really want the killer to take care of everyone, and then be run over by a steamroller. And even worse, they contributed to the laxity of the story; The character motivations didn't always make sense. Their stereotypical natures forces the tale into a series of (to me) illogical plot twists. The story itself is very in-your-face. There are constant fourth-wall-breaking asides to the reader in huge fonts, many of which seem out of place or don't really make sense (at least not to me) in the circumstances taking place in the narrative at the time. Another ploy for the ritalin crowd? Who knows? Who really cares? You won't, by the end of the book. There's nothing that really makes this book stand out, other than the sheer derivative nature of the entire story. It's too bad, since the writing itself isn't all that bad. But any technical skill is completely wasted on this train wreck. Once again, I probably should've listened to my Kindle. It froze up twice while trying to read this book. I had to do a complete reset to get it working again. It's done that before, twice in fact, both times on a couple of novels that ended up being steaming piles, too. So remember: If your Kindle freezes up in a book, listen to it and MOVE ON! Your Kindle KNOWS!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    When I saw all the five-star reviews for this book, I thought, wow, I’m really going to enjoy this. I did not. The (so-far single) one-star review I noticed lurking in the background seems to me to be the only honest one and, frankly, the only one I can agree with. Now, there are two. What’s it about? In a nutshell, as the title suggests, a serial killer who dresses up as Santa and, well, slaughters anything that gets in his way and dismembers the odd few victims whilst he’s about it, trailing the When I saw all the five-star reviews for this book, I thought, wow, I’m really going to enjoy this. I did not. The (so-far single) one-star review I noticed lurking in the background seems to me to be the only honest one and, frankly, the only one I can agree with. Now, there are two. What’s it about? In a nutshell, as the title suggests, a serial killer who dresses up as Santa and, well, slaughters anything that gets in his way and dismembers the odd few victims whilst he’s about it, trailing the bloody limbs behind him, in a bag, through the festively decorated Manhattan streets. A schizophrenic who has slipped through the net and was erroneously released from an institution. Not a bad plot-line for a story; in fact, this could have been really good, but it just didn’t hit the mark. I couldn’t make out whether this was a screenplay trying to be a book, or a book trying to be a screenplay. There were endless centered, bolded, italicised, capitalised ‘sounds’. I know what a police car sounds like, I don’t need to read it, repeatedly, thank you. And really, 'Bang! Bang! Bang!' belongs to a child's comic, not an adult novel. The first few chapters seemed to be dedicated to introducing new characters, all rather randomly. None of the characters were developed. There were none that I liked, none that I disliked. They were all cold, dispassionate, without personality. Even the main character was just too implausible, ridiculous and OTT. The writing was unrefined, unsophisticated, annoyingly riddled with errors, and the plot disjointed, jerky and full of holes. Whilst Smith’s reviewing friends, seemingly smitten by this book, are quaking in their peejays, apparently, scared senseless by a rampaging lunatic, I am not. I was too busy being incredibly irritated by hundreds of unnecessarily italicised/bolded/capitalised words and every-other-two-words-being-needlessly-hyphenated. I just can’t recommend this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ginger Gelsheimer

    Ho Ho Ho and not a Merry Christmas! The Santa Claus Killer is a terrifying ride in the mind of a diabolical crazy “Santa” who brings nightmare to Manhattan as he knocks off his “naughty list.” Tormented by the abusive dead parents bantering in his head, he creates complete havoc during the city’s most exciting time of year. Packed full of interesting tidbits, I enjoyed the tour through NY history along the way, and the author created colorful descriptions where I felt like I was in Manhattan for Ho Ho Ho and not a Merry Christmas! The Santa Claus Killer is a terrifying ride in the mind of a diabolical crazy “Santa” who brings nightmare to Manhattan as he knocks off his “naughty list.” Tormented by the abusive dead parents bantering in his head, he creates complete havoc during the city’s most exciting time of year. Packed full of interesting tidbits, I enjoyed the tour through NY history along the way, and the author created colorful descriptions where I felt like I was in Manhattan for Christmas! The clever prose was fun and conversational, with the author stepping out now and then to engage with the reader. I would definitely recommend this book – it should go in every stocking! Mwa ha ha!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ann Kimbrough

    Ho, Ho & Watch the Heads Roll! With a hard-broiled detective voice and a Jack Nicholson "Shining" kind of scary, "The Santa Claus Killer" is a fast read filled with incredibly written characters. I'd follow the author R.J. Smith on any literary journey. He peels back all the fluff and drenches the reader in his world of twisted characters, pop culture tidbits, NYC history and a Santa delivering hatchet whacks for Christmas. It's entertaining and filled with so many cool characters, that I'm ready Ho, Ho & Watch the Heads Roll! With a hard-broiled detective voice and a Jack Nicholson "Shining" kind of scary, "The Santa Claus Killer" is a fast read filled with incredibly written characters. I'd follow the author R.J. Smith on any literary journey. He peels back all the fluff and drenches the reader in his world of twisted characters, pop culture tidbits, NYC history and a Santa delivering hatchet whacks for Christmas. It's entertaining and filled with so many cool characters, that I'm ready for some spin-off novels with their adventures. One good read and two thumbs up!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Janette Magley

    Not only was I sitting on the edge of my seat, my heart was pounding and my senses were aware of every sound in the room. The Santa Claus Killer is a beautifully written masterpiece. I felt as though I had actually entered the book. The characters became my reality. I highly recommend this book to all my friends.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    *Note I won this book from the Giveaway* AWESOME! :-) If you ever love Grindhouse horror. This is the book you have to read. I do hope it get optioned for a movie because it's perfect enough for it. The story is gritty and graphically described well. It was easy for me to image the settings. It was nice and quick read for me. Highly suggested for the Grind House Horror fans! Ho Ho Die... ;-) *Note I won this book from the Giveaway* AWESOME! :-) If you ever love Grindhouse horror. This is the book you have to read. I do hope it get optioned for a movie because it's perfect enough for it. The story is gritty and graphically described well. It was easy for me to image the settings. It was nice and quick read for me. Highly suggested for the Grind House Horror fans! Ho Ho Die... ;-)

  27. 5 out of 5

    April Hollingworth

    Demented serial killer on the loose in Manhattan dressed as Santa and killing other Santa's. A young teenager crosses paths with demented Santa and hell breaks loose. A story of physios and revenge and a bad Santa and the cops that are the man hunt to protect and serve against all odds. Demented serial killer on the loose in Manhattan dressed as Santa and killing other Santa's. A young teenager crosses paths with demented Santa and hell breaks loose. A story of physios and revenge and a bad Santa and the cops that are the man hunt to protect and serve against all odds.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I found this a mixture of intrigue and suspence. The story grabbed you right at the beginning. The characters were well written and easy to relate to. I gave this story 3 stars because some of the story was a little farfetched for me. I will be looking for more works from this author.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Just couldn't get into it, so I abandoned it. Just couldn't get into it, so I abandoned it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Never received this book, contacted writer, but he could not send another one,did offer to send me an e-book, but I am rather old fashioned and like to hold a book in my hands, very disappointed.

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