Santa’s gone missing. With only a week and a half before Christmas, private investigator Crane is hired by Mordecai, Santa’s chief elf, to find him. “Shomebody kidnapped Shanta,” says the sawed-off Humphrey Bogart in a dark gray pin-striped double-breasted monkey suit and a white fedora lid too small to cover his pointy ears. Crane, war hero and former General Manager of Woolworth’s Five & Dime, elicits the help of mobster informant Sid Stepsky and the private eye’s estranged father. The fate of the world’s kids rest in the hands of Crane. So does a blank sky’s-the-limit check from Mordecai. Now available at Amazon Kindle.