Mischief and Merriment in Manhattan
by Clay Rivers
Pub Date 03 Oct 2017
In this madcap, one-horse open sleigh ride of a novel, Ben Franklin Albright, a cash-strapped New York investment banker, inherits and reluctantly helms his father’s failing talent agency to keep a roof over his head. Franklin makes plans to meet Sandy, the agency’s secretary and sole employee, and introduce himself to the firm’s last two clients—actors who play Santa and Mrs. Claus in the beloved Broadway smash, Christmas Is.
Franklin’s plans unravel when he inadvertently botches his meeting with Sandy. Adding to his frustration, Mrs. Claus comes out on the losing end when she tangles on stage with a large, rogue gingerbread house ... much to the delight of Maxim, a ruthless rival agent, whose vengeful plans to dismantle Franklin’s agency are already underway.
Undaunted and through fast-talking and double-dealing, Franklin recruits the show’s former Mrs. Claus (and aspiring Hollywood starlet), Judy, to reprise her role; despite warnings that she and Bill (the actor portraying Santa in the show) are bitterly estranged.
With the aid of old friends and new, against obstacles over-the-top and heart-rending, Franklin learns the true meaning of Christmas and ensures that New York’s jolliest extravaganza opens.