ALEX PALMER SERIES:

The Santa Claus Man

The Santa Claus Man

Alex Palmer

Nonfiction / History

The true story of John Duval Gluck, Jr., who in 1913 founded the Santa Claus Association, which had the sole authority to answer Santa's mail in New York City. He ran the organization for 15 years, gaining fame for making the myth of Santa a reality to poor children by arranging for donors to deliver the toys they requested, until a crusading charity commissioner exposed Gluck as a fraud. The story is wide in scope, interweaving a phony Boy Scout group, kidnapping, stolen artwork, and appearances by the era's biggest stars and New York City's most famous landmarks. The book is both a personal story and a far-reaching historical one, tracing the history of Christmas celebration in America and the invention of Santa Claus.
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Harrigan and Grace - 03 - The Labyrinth of Drowning

Harrigan and Grace - 03 - The Labyrinth of Drowning

Alex Palmer

Nonfiction / History

Two years have passed since top cop Paul Harrigan walked away from the New South Wales Police Force to be his own man. Since then his life has been a gift, and his home with his partner Agent Grace Riordan and their daughter a sanctuary.When a trafficked sex-worker is found brutally murdered in Sydney bushland, it should be just work for Grace. But the murder is too savage. And someone is watching them - perhaps Harrigan's old enemies, who want their pound of flesh. Grace's boss pushes her into a sting to catch the sex-worker's murderer, and she loses sight of just who is being hunted. In the end, who will be left looking into the eyes of a killer, with no place to hide?Suspenseful, smart and chilling -- two of Australian crime's most memorable characters are in a race to save themselves from evil that even they have never faced before.
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Harrigan and Grace - 01 - Blood Redemption

Harrigan and Grace - 01 - Blood Redemption

Alex Palmer

Nonfiction / History

Award-winning new crime fiction: ′[An] intelligent and compelling thriller that turns the notion of evil inside out′ - Canberra Times. Matthew Liu sees his parents gunned down on a lonely Sydney backstreet. A young woman, the killer, stares him in the face before fleeing the scene. When the police arrive, all they find is the discarded gun. Detective Inspector Paul Harrigan′s unit is pitched into a high-profile investigation with little to go on. Who is the young woman? How can she have vanished into thin air? When DC Grace Riordan follows up a connection between one of the victims and a termination clinic, pieces start to fall into place, but Grace is forced to confront some personal demons. Harrigan has demons of his own to contend with. Burned badly in the past for refusing to turn a blind eye to police corruption, he suspects that his current team and investigation is being subtly sabotaged. Then he discovers that his own son is in email contact with the killer and that the young woman′s bloody rampage is far from over. And with a single phone call the killer draws Harrigan and Grace into her trap.
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The Tattooed Man

The Tattooed Man

Alex Palmer

Nonfiction / History

Paul Harrigan is a top cop who has survived the corruption and political manoeuvrings of the NSW Police. So far ...His partner Grace Riordan has left the Service and now works in the shadowy world of undercover intelligence -- so she and Harrigan can′t talk about work much.Harrigan is called to a grisly murder scene in Sydney′s wealthy north: four guests are seated around the dinner table -- all dead. One of them a Senator′s ex-wife; one of them a missing corrupt NSW detective. And the mummified condition of the detective′s body -- identified by a distinctive tattoo -- suggests he has been dead for quite some time ...While Harrigan is facing the demons of his past, Grace is drawn into the investigation through some very unofficial enquiries of her own. Enquiries which will lead to a flashpoint neither can predict.Politics, corruption, big business, espionage and illicit technology ... Alex Palmer weaves them all into a heart-stopping race for the truth.
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The Labyrinth of Drowning

The Labyrinth of Drowning

Alex Palmer

Nonfiction / History

Two years have passed since top cop Paul Harrigan walked away from the New South Wales Police Force to be his own man. Since then his life has been a gift, and his home with his partner Agent Grace Riordan and their daughter a sanctuary.When a trafficked sex-worker is found brutally murdered in Sydney bushland, it should be just work for Grace. But the murder is too savage. And someone is watching them - perhaps Harrigan's old enemies, who want their pound of flesh. Grace's boss pushes her into a sting to catch the sex-worker's murderer, and she loses sight of just who is being hunted. In the end, who will be left looking into the eyes of a killer, with no place to hide?Suspenseful, smart and chilling -- two of Australian crime's most memorable characters are in a race to save themselves from evil that even they have never faced before.
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Literary Miscellany

Literary Miscellany

Alex Palmer

Nonfiction / History

Literary Miscellany is a breezy tour through the literature of today and yesterday, touching on many great classical literary works, movements, and trends. But don't fear that it's only for intellectuals—there's plenty here for the contemporary pleasure reader as well. Alex Palmer offers something for everyone, including answers to the following questions: What's the original bestseller? What authors introduced insults as a literary art form? Who burned the first book? Are writers more likely to be depressed than booksellers? How does a book become a movie? When did sex become part of literature? Most people don't know that the Bible gets credit for plenty of lines that were written by William Shakespeare or John Milton. In Literary Miscellany, learn how this happened. Also examine the more recent concept of "false memoirs," with a list of who lied about what. And speaking of villains, was the devil the first bad guy in print? Did his appearance lead to the inevitable...
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