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– Chapter One
Introducing Santa

– Chapter Two
"Take Me Through the Numbers"

– Chapter Three
The Scheming Begins

– Chapter Four
Santa and His Shrink

– Chapter Five
The Doll Factory






New Orleans






- The Divine Right    of Capital

- Pigs at the   Trough


- What It Is

- Why a Santa    Novel?

- Who Benefits

- Secrecy in Santa

Author Bio






Detroit, Michigan

The Motor City.  Dee-troit.  Hockeytown.  The Renaissance City.

Founded in 1701 by Cadillac (Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac for the purists), Detroit stems from the French le détroit, or "the strait."  It's been both the symbol of corporate might and the symbol of urban decay.  It's known union battles and riots, and its industrial might is challenged by its soup kitchens.  

Detroit's a big, tough town, whose dedication to the automobile causes it to favor freeway over subway.  It boasts one of the busiest international bridges in America (the Ambassador Bridge, built in 1929 and at that time the longest bridge in the world), as well as a tunnel under the Detroit River linking it with the City of Roses--Windsor, Canada.  

Detroit was known as the Arsenal of Democracy in World War II, and the Murder Capital of the World in subsequent years.  It's the setting for Joyce Carol Oates's landmark novel, them, and countless other books.  Ms. Oates taught across the water at the University of Windsor.

The fastest boats in the world run hydroplane races in the summer; the Detroit Symphony Orchestra plays under the stars at Meadowbrook or in cold months at Orchestra Hall.  The International Auto Show at Cobo Hall is a one-of-a-kind display of all the automotive industry has to offer.  Detroit offers the Free Press Marathon, the Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival, and the International Freedom Festival (shared with Windsor).  The Freedom Festival attracts a million people, and is the world's most extensive international festival.

Detroit boasts some of the oldest sports teams in the professions.  The Red Wings are one of the original six NHL teams; the Tigers have been playing AL baseball here since 1901; the Lions have been playing football since 1934; and the Pistons, basketball since 1957.

Detroit's RenCen on a clear day
from Hart Plaza

Santa In Detroit

Our half-elfin CEO doesn't spend a whole lot of time in Detroit, just enough to make a very unusual purchase involving more cash than ordinary people would drop in a deal. Not to be coy, but to give away more details would be to give away too much of the story.

Things to Do in Detroit

Oh, there's plenty.  Besides the attractions listed above, or any of the sports events (assuming you can get tickets!), try the Eastern Market (the largest open-air market of its kind in America), one of two Imax theaters (either the surround-screen one at the Detroit Science Center or the 6-story tall one at world-famous The Henry Ford (formerly Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum).  Or check out the events at Cobo Hall.  For up-to-the-minute happenings, try either of Detroit's newspapers (The Free Press or The Detroit News), or check out WWJ, Detroit's news voice and the first commercial radio station in America, first broadcasting in 1920.

Follow That Sleigh!

Here are some links of interest if you're visiting Detroit:


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