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One Horse Open Slay

"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?"

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About James Mullaney


Jim Mullaney is a Shamus Award-nominated author of nearly 40 books, as well as comics, short stories and novellas. His work has been published by New American Library, Gold Eagle/Harlequin, Marvel Comics, Tor and Moonstone Books. He is author of the comic ebook Crag Banyon Mysteries series as well as The Red Menace action-adventure series. He is currently co-writing with Jim Uhls (Fight Club) the screenplay to the Destroyer film adaptation for Sony, to be directed by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3).


The Red Menace series:

The Red Menace #1, Red and Buried
The Red Menace #2, Drowning In Red Ink
The Red Menace #3, Red the Riot Act
The Red Menace #4, A Red Letter Day
The Red Menace #5, Red on the Menu

The Crag Banyon Mystery series:

One Horse Open Slay
Devil May Care
Royal Flush
Sea No Evil
Bum Luck
Flying Blind
Shoot the Moon
The Butler Did I.T.

There is a Facebook page for Jim's Red Menace books, at

Jim's website is located at

He can be reached via email at and he is on Facebook as James Mullaney.

All books by James Mullaney

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