"Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean...and who wears jingle bells on his curly-toed shoes and stands about two-foot three. A man who is, in other words, an elf. But don't let the green tights and stocking cap fool you: Gumdrop Coal is the roughest, toughest punisher of the naughty since Mike Hammer, even if he does smell like peppermint and fresh-baked cookies." -"New York Times" bestselling author Steve Hockensmith ("Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls") "Noir and Christmas go together like Santa and his reindeer in this stylish elf fable by Ken Harmon, a newcomer who knows noir like he apprenticed with Hammett. An excellent stocking stuffer for the mystery lover in your family." -"New York Times" bestselling author John Lescroart "This is one of those wonderful books where I hit my forehead and cry, "Why didn't I think of that?." As I read I kept hoping it wasn't as brilliant as I feared - but it is. It's the "Naughty List" for you, if you don't buy this book for Christmas!" -Louise Penny, "New York Times" bestselling author of "A Brutal Telling"