Jake Tracer
December 07, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Hell for the Holidays

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Chris Grabenstein
publisher
Carroll & Graf
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an C-

A puzzling nostalgia ripples through Hell for the Holidays, Chris Grabenstein’s Thanksgiving-set sequel to his 2006 Christmas thriller, Slay Ride. FBI agent and all-around family man Christopher Miller longs for the good old days of his college-football past, while scheming white supremacists long for the older days of socially accepted racial superiority. Neither can go back, but only Miller has learned how to move forward. He can now accurately quote Muhammad at will, which only makes you wonder why he’s on the New Jersey hate-crime beat. Or why Grabenstein doesn’t give him a tougher — or more international — case to crack. C-

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