The Ice Maiden

Bruce D. Smith smithbrucedavid@gmail.com 1411249733691

CRIME DETECTIVE MYSTERY SUSPENSE / THRILLER

Contemporary

Bruce D. Smith

Logline

A serial killer is abducting, torturing, and murdering young women in and around Dover-Foxcroft, a small community in central Maine. His first victim is found floating head down below the frozen surface of Sebec Lake. She is wearing an unusual costume – a conical dunce hat and a tabard decorated with dancing devils and flames - a replication of those worn by victims during the auto de fe torture and trials of non-believers during the Spanish Inquisition, suggesting a disturbing religious motive behind the killing. Anne Quinn, an investigator for the Piscataquis County sheriff’s office, and Detective Douglas Bateman with the Major Crimes Unit of the Maine State Police join forces in tracking him down. The killer leaves clues for Quinn and Bateman showing he is clearly from the local community and is hiding in plain sight. He clearly enjoys playing a deadly “catch me if you can” game with Quinn and Bateman, and seems determined to humiliate them and demonstrate his superior intellect, leading them to suspect that perhaps there is a deeper motive and purpose behind his string of murders. As the list of victims grows, and Quinn and Bateman get closer to solving the case, it becomes clear that the killer has been following an elaborate and carefully crafted plan, and is closing in on the real target of his murder spree.

Genre

Crime, Detective, Mystery, Suspense / Thriller

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Central Maine

Based on a True Story

No

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Year Published: 2017

Starting Description

Young women in a small town in central Maine are being kidnapped, tortured and murdered.

Ending Description

The killer is finally located and killed before he can murder Anne Quinn, one of the investigators whom he has taken captive

Group Specific

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Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

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Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Plot - Other Elements

Twist, Happy Ending

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Main Character Details

Name: Douglas Bateman

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Educated, Gracious, Leader, Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Masculine, Complex, Modest, Romantic, Honorable, Empathetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Anne Quinn

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Complex, Confident, Educated, Romantic, Sexy, Beautiful, Honorable, Perseverance

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Logline

A serial killer is abducting, torturing, and murdering young women in and around Dover-Foxcroft, a small community in central Maine. His first victim is found floating head down below the frozen surface of Sebec Lake. She is wearing an unusual costume – a conical dunce hat and a tabard decorated with dancing devils and flames - a replication of those worn by victims during the auto de fe torture and trials of non-believers during the Spanish Inquisition, suggesting a disturbing religious motive behind the killing. Anne Quinn, an investigator for the Piscataquis County sheriff’s office, and Detective Douglas Bateman with the Major Crimes Unit of the Maine State Police join forces in tracking him down. The killer leaves clues for Quinn and Bateman showing he is clearly from the local community and is hiding in plain sight. He clearly enjoys playing a deadly “catch me if you can” game with Quinn and Bateman, and seems determined to humiliate them and demonstrate his superior intellect, leading them to suspect that perhaps there is a deeper motive and purpose behind his string of murders. As the list of victims grows, and Quinn and Bateman get closer to solving the case, it becomes clear that the killer has been following an elaborate and carefully crafted plan, and is closing in on the real target of his murder spree.

Short Summary

Young women in a small town in central Maine are being kidnapped, tortured and murdered.


The killer is finally located and killed before he can murder Anne Quinn, one of the investigators whom he has taken captive

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Overcoming Monster/Villain,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Douglas Bateman

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Educated, Gracious, Leader, Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Masculine, Complex, Modest, Romantic, Honorable, Empathetic

Character 1

Name: Anne Quinn

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Complex, Confident, Educated, Romantic, Sexy, Beautiful, Honorable, Perseverance

Supplemental Materials

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