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Allan L Mann

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A retired detective consults for his former employer and must investigate two deaths, school a young partner, please with an antagonistic boss, and deal with an unexpected relationship. Think: Rebus meets Morse.


Detective, Drama, Mystery, Suspense / Thriller, Crime,

Short Summary

When the body of Bobby Gant, head of research and development for a local outdoor clothing manufacturer, is found tied to the rocks below the high tide line at the foot of the cliffs of Arbroath, a stretched Police Scotland find themselves with no-one to head the investigation.

There's a standoff on a stormy harbour wall, where Guthrie's young police partner, Alisdair, who was kidnapped by the murderer, is thrown, bound, into the sea. Guthrie's only choice is to save his partner and let the murderer escape.


Tayside, Scotland

Based on a True Story


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Overcoming Monster/Villain

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Main Character Details

Name: Tom Guthrie

Age: 48

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Blunt, Funny, Insecure, Lone Wolf, Unapologetic, Complex, Outspoken,Complex,Confident,Leader,Unapologetic,Sarcastic,Funny,Outspoken,Blunt

Additional Character Details

Name: Alisdair McEwan

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Obedient, Clumsy, Empathetic, Gracious, Insecure, Naive, Aspiring, Educated, Honorable, Modest, Religious,Aspiring,Charming,Clumsy,Empathetic,Faithful,Educated,Insecure,Religious,Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: Ian Buchanan

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Decisive, Leader, Outspoken, Power-hungry, Aspiring, Blunt, Confident,Confident,Leader,Unapologetic,Outspoken,Power Hungry

Additional Character Details

Name: Jacquie Macintosh

Age: 42

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Blunt, Empathetic, Skillful, Charming, Confident, Educated, Funny, Leader, Romantic, Beautiful, Aspiring, Engaging, Outspoken, Sexy, Adventurous, Decisive,Romantic,Seductive,Sophisticated,Leader,Educated,Engaging,Decisive,Confident

Development Pitch

A traditional crime fiction tale populated by relatable characters, set in the timeless landscape of eastern Scotland. Tom Guthrie is a character in the mold of Ian Rankin's Rebus: Old-school, forced into retirement, and hating every second away from the Force. Police Scotland has changed and he couldn't, but he still has his supporters within the service. Alisdair McEwan is teamed up with him as Guthrie is asked to help with a murder investigation. Alisdair is young and ambitious and wants to be more like Guthrie than perhaps the police will allow him to be. This story is perfect for adaptation into the first of a series. The characters quickly grow on the audience and the other character, the atmospheric landscape, helps draw them in. This genre very popular on both sides of the Atlantic, and would possibly be best-suited to a streaming service. There are currently 10 plots in the works for these two main characters (as well as others who are introduced in book 2). Think: "Rebus" (Ian Rankin) meets "Shetland" (Ann Cleeves).

About The Author

Allan is a leading figure in the business aviation community in the United States and continues to work with both industry and government leaders to formulate a safer aviation environment. Allan has been a long-time fan of crime fiction and in particular that which is based in Scotland. Since turning his hand to writing, he has found out that reading it is easier. Consequently, he’s spending more and more time in front of his computer. Living in the US makes him much more appreciative of his homeland, and certainly more patriotic than he probably would have been if he were still living in the UK. He’s trying to work out if this is a good thing.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,55+,18-34

Target Gender: Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2016

Hard Copy Available