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Murder On 34th Street

Wendy Corsi Staub, Edward I. Koch

ISBN 1575663554
Publish Date 11/1/1998
Format Paperback
Categories Kensington, General
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It's Christmas in New York and Mayor Ed Koch, the Big Apple's most engaging sleuth, goes undercover as none other than Santa himself, to catch a mad killer who's turning a season of merrymaking and mistletoe into one of mayhem and multiple murder.

The holidays are just around the corner, and New York's legendary Ramsey's Department Store is suffering its worst season in years. The reason is no mystery to general manager Barnaby Tischler, whose biggest rival, Weatherly's superstore, has been scaring off his customers for months—with bomb threats no less! But now, somebody's gone too far. Ramsey's Santa-for-hire has been found in a utility closet shot through the heart. Tischler's only hope of salvaging seasonal sales lies in an old buddy. If anybody can find out who killed the fat man, it's Hizzoner himself.

Ed Koch isn't on the case a week when two more Santas are plugged in the chest. His investigation reveals that the red fleece and white beards are disguising a secret—and that every Santa has someone to fear. With the tabloids having a field day, Ramsey's elves in an uproar, and every Santa in New York armed and skittish, Koch has little choice but to don the Christmas duds himself, take the throne at Ramsey's winter wonderland, and set a devilishly clever trap for an equally clever killer.

About Wendy Corsi Staub:

New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than sixty published novels. Under her own name, Wendy achieved New York Times bestselling status with the single title psychological suspense novels she writes for Zebra Books. Those novels and the women’s fiction she writes under the pseudonym Wendy Markham have also frequently appeared on the USA Today, Barnes and Noble, and Bookscan bestseller lists.

Currently under contract with five major publishers, Wendy will release a total of 10 novels in an eighteen-month period that extends into autumn of 2007. Notable among those are New York Times bestseller The Final Victim (Zebra, April 2006); her subsequent thriller, Don’t Scream (Zebra, May 2007); Most Likely To Die (February 2007), a suspense novel she co-wrote with fellow New York Times authors Lisa Jackson and Beverly Barton; and Lily Dale #1 (Fall 2007), the launch book in her new young adult paranormal suspense series. Also included are her Christmas time travel romance, If Only In My Dreams (NAL/Signet December 2006); the latest titles in her bestselling chick lit series, Slightly Engaged (Red Dress Ink, February 2006) and Slightly Married (Red Dress Ink June 2007); a romantic comedy, Love, Suburban Style (Warner Forever, July 2007); and two reissued suspense novels, The Last To Know (March 2006) and All The Way Home (April, 2007).

Having won two RITAs®, romance publishing’s “Oscar,” and the Washington Irving Prize for Fiction, Wendy was honored as one of Westchester County, New York’s Millennial Authors in 2000. Her novel, Slightly Single, was selected as one of Waldenbooks’ 100 Best Fiction titles of 2002. Her thriller, The Last To Know, was nominated for the RT BOOKclub Reviewers Choice Award, and three of her novels, Mike, Mike And Me, Hello, It’s Me, and Bride Needs Groom, were awarded a month’s top pick review by RT BOOKclub. Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide, and a number of her titles have been selected as features for Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, Large Print Book Club and Rhapsody Book Club.

Wendy grew up in a large, close-knit family in rural southwestern New York State and decided while in third grade she wanted to become an author. An English major at the State University of New York, she worked in two independent bookstores during college, then moved alone to New York City at age 21 to pursue her dream. After stints as a book editor for a Manhattan publishing house and an account coordinator for a majo radvertising agency, she sold her first novel, the supernatural young adult thriller, Summer Lightning. Early in her writing career, she published in various genres, including suspense, horror, historical and contemporary romance, television and movie tie-in and biography. She also co-authored a mystery series with former New York City mayor Ed Koch and ghost-wrote for a number of bestselling authors and celebrities. Wendy now lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband of 15 years and their two young sons.

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