Add a crime novel to your Christmas list for a Nitty Gritty Christmas

Posted on November 15, 2017


Crime doesn’t stop during Christmas — neither does hope.

Tom Stone: Nitty Gritty Christmas is available on Amazon in print and ebook formats.

Nitty Gritty Christmas - a detective story
Experience the pursuit of justice and desire for family in Tom Stone: A Nitty Gritty Christmas

Tom Stone and his partner Jake Sharpe pursue a small-time drug lord who has poisoned candy given at a children’s Christmas party. Experience LA neighborhoods in this fast-paced crime novel, taking the reader into the San Fernando Valley, Boyle Heights and into Long Beach.


Images of a boy in panic as he was dying lit up every nerve in Stone and he dunked Angelino one more time. After another count of three, he pulled the soaking head up and ran his hand around Angelino’s waist checking for weapons. “You should thank me because I’m going to let you live.” Stone’s chest heaved to draw in breaths. “Those other guys wouldn’t have been quite so accommodating.”

Stone let go and Angelino fell limp in the boat. Stone’s punch had landed on the man’s nose and blood was oozing from his nostrils and his lips. Sirens wailed and the wheels of squad cars and ambulances rattled the deck above.

“Man, all I wanted to do was ask you some questions and now look at you,” said Stone. The day’s pursuit and end of the chase was catching up with him. Weariness flooded his arms and legs. “Guess what?”

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