The story involves a boy in a foster care group home facility who realizes that he’s not going anywhere else. Detective Tom Stone meets him while handing out presents at Christmas with his partner, Detective Jake Sharpe.
Stone, who is divorced and hasn’t been the best father to his daughters, develops a genuine concern and liking for Andrew.
Both Stone and Andrew get caught up in the drug dealer’s escapades when Andrew gets sick on the tainted candy and another boy dies.
Stone comes to grips with how his work in stopping crime is different than a coach, teacher, or counselor who works to build up others.
Tom Stone: Nitty Gritty Christmas is available on Amazon as an ebook and paperback.
It’s the first in a trilogy and of many more Tom Stone and Jake Sharpe detective stories to come.
Written by Don Simkovich and Lon Casler Bixby, the story involves what it means to have a desire for family and what it takes to stand by someone who’s building himself up and damaging others in the process.