Monday, December 05, 2011

The Fat Man

The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir. Ken Harmon. 2010. Penguin. 275 pages.

The straight dope is that you don't want to get on the Naughty List. It's my job to make sure you don't want your moniker anywhere near it. And brother, I like my job. I like it a lot.

While I didn't love this one, I certainly liked it. It won't be for everyone. Noir typically isn't for everyone. You have to have a certain sense of humor to appreciate all the places this one goes. But for anyone looking for a fun, playful MYSTERY starring some beloved and not-so-beloved Christmas characters, it may be just the treat you're looking for. It actually reminded me of Shrek, in a way.

Gumdrop Coal is an elf with a touch of dark side to him. That's why he's good at his job--he's the one who decides who gets coal in their stockings. He can spot a bad kid for sure. And what he's noticed is that bad kids typically are bad because of bad parenting. But what can he do? really? It's not like he can teach parents how to parent, right? Well, when Gumdrop Coal loses his job, he may decide to do something Santa would NEVER approve of...

But his actions may have unintended consequences...because soon he finds himself the prime suspect in a murder!

As I said, I liked this one because it was a quick read. I didn't love it. Some of the humor didn't quite work for me, but overall I liked its quirkiness.

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Ms. Yingling 7:19 PM  

Since Santa has for years let our house be visited by the drunken and mischievous elves Jeek and Glendle wh di things like hide presents in the dryer, I may have ti read this one!

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