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Its Christmas Eve in Santa Fe, but among the revelers on Canyon Road, a decidedly unholy scene is taking place. A desperate man, dressed all in black, feverishly seeks refuge for himself and the squirming bundle he holds tightly against his breast. Agent Paul Kagans bundle is a baby who has the power to change the course of global events. His pursuers are his former colleagues-members of the Russian mafia who will stop at nothing to accomplish their mission. Now Kagan is a spy on the run-he must ensure this babys survival, even if it will cost him his own life. Just a short distance away, Kagan will find an unexpected pair of allies-a mother and her young son, who huddle together after a horrible episode of domestic violence leaves them home alone, with no means of transportation. And so, with the exquisitely honed skills of his profession and the help and good faith of a weary woman and a disillusioned boy, Kagan must take on forces that will stop at nothing. In the course of a wild and violent night, the unlikely trio learn lessons of generosity, courage, and selflessness, discovering within themselves the luminous strength of the true Christmas spirit.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781593154875
ISBN-10: 1593154879
Format: Hardback
(191mm x 130mm x 22mm)
Pages: 220
Imprint: Vanguard Press Inc
Publisher: Vanguard Press Inc
Publish Date: 7-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States


US Kirkus Review » Yuletide in Santa Fe, a good spy beset, and what's this about a very special baby?The charismatic religious leader has promised that, if accepted wholeheartedly as the miracle he is, his just-born could be the harbinger of world peace. While a glorious prospect to most, this is of course viewed with alarm in certain quarters. A depressed market and widespread joblessness loom for mercenaries and similar savage folk. Prominent in this unlovely subset is the Russian Mafia, hired by terrorists for $3 million (paid in advance) to kidnap the world-peace baby. This mission stays on track for a while, and then suddenly it's derailed. Tossing the monkey wrench is Paul Hagen, known to Mafia men as their admirably unprincipled and vicious colleague, "Pyotyr." Paul/Pyotyr is in actuality a double agent planted by American intelligence. He's so good that he has fooled even the highly placed Andrei, who's inordinately fond of Pyotyr the terrible. So the chase begins. Having kidnapped the peace baby from the kidnappers, Paul is on the run. Wounded and desperate, he stumbles on the Brody household and seeks shelter there, little knowing that Meredith and her son Cole are in desperate straits. Meredith is a battered wife, 12-year-old Cole a helpless, frustrated bystander, Ted Brody the alcoholic brute of a husband and father they plan to escape. Enter Paul and the baby, hotly pursued by Andrei and his coterie. For all concerned, it's a whole new way to experience the Christmas season.Thrillermeister Morrell (Scavenger, 2007, etc.) offers an item slender enough to fit neatly in a Christmas stocking, but the story's on the thin side too. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - David Morrell

David Morrell is the "New York Times" bestselling author of twenty-eight books, including his award-winning "Creepers" and "Scavenger." Co-president of the International Thrillers Writers Organization, he is considered by many to be the father of the modern action novel. He resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife, Donna.

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