When a hit goes horribly, horribly wrong, ex-cop-turned-hitman Nick Sax takes a bullet in his side and finds himself wanted by cops and mobsters alike. In this dark hour, he gets an unexpected visit from Happy, a little blue flying horse, who enlists him to help find a little girl who's been kidnapped by a psycho in a Santa suit.
The miniseries has been adapted into a TV series of the same name.
This miniseries contains examples of:
- Adult Fear: Children are being abducted for kiddie porn films being made by the mafia. One of them is Nick's daughter.
- Bad Santa: Children are being abducted by a drunken pedophile in a Santa suit for a porno film the mafia is shooting.
- Bittersweet Ending: Nick dies of the wounds he got, but he was able to save his daughter and all the other kids the mafia abducted from being raped in a porno film.
- Dirty Cop: The NYPD in the Happy-verse is full of corrupt cops under the thumb of the mafia.
- Fallen Hero: Nick Sax used to be one of the NYPD's best officers before getting in trouble. Now he's a miserable old addict pulling hits for the mob just to keep himself awash in drugs.
- Genre Refugee: Happy is a brightly-colored, flying imaginary horse in a gritty crime story.
- Go Out with a Smile: Nick at the ending.
- The Most Wanted: In this miniseries, cop-turned-hitman Nick Sax is being hunted by both the cops and the mafia after a job gone bad.
- Refusal of the Call: Nick constantly refuses Happy's constant begging to help him find his kid on the grounds that he has no real stake in whether she lives or dies. He even shouts it in Happy's face at one point. He finally changes his tune when he discovers that Happy's kid is Nick's daughter.
- Torture Technician: Nick Sax is tortured by Smoothie, the mafia's resident torture expert.
- Your Cheating Heart: When the stress of his job in the police starts becoming too much for Nick to handle, he starts having an affair with his partner. The mob starts exploiting this to get Nick to do what they say, and leak the information to his wife when he refuses.