Christopher X Ryan 973152747579



Christopher X Ryan

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Days after America elects a fascist demagogue to its highest office, disenchanted art restorer Frank Schugazi arrives at the far-north Finnish island of Hella, where he plans to recuperate and spend time with his oldest friend, Kari. But when Frank finally rings the bell in the lobby of the hotel they plan to renovate, Kari’s not there. Worse, part of the building has recently been set on fire. With the help of an alluring but volatile crimson-haired Finn named Loviisa, Frank soon finds himself probing the shadowy recesses of a land that sometimes see mere minutes of sunlight. The search for Kari, whose real name is Kareem and whose dark skin makes him an easy target in largely homogenous Finland, takes Frank from one increasingly surreal and unreadable situation to another. When he reaches the great northern territory of Lapland and a group of nationalists show him the heart of the nation—literally, in a velvet-lined box—Frank must stop staring at his feet and decide how far he’ll go to protect himself, his friends, and the country he just might start to call home.


,Literary noir,Drama

Short Summary

Frank Schugazi has just arrived at the northern Finnish island of Hella, reachable only by ferry. There he is to meet his oldest friend, Kari. Except that when Frank arrives, the hotel is empty. Kari is missing. As evidence points to nefarious machinations at work, Frank becomes more desperate.



Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,,Overcoming Monster/Villain,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions,,Twist

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Frank Schugazi

Age: 42

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Naive, Strong Moral Code, Complex, Desperate, Educated, Empathetic, Insecure, Lone Wolf,Modest,Decisive,Selfless,Faithful,Secretive,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code,Lone Wolf,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Loviisa

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Beautiful, Confident, Manipulative, Seductive, Secretive, Sexy, Adventurous, Aggressive, Aspiring, Blunt, Complex, Desperate, Unapologetic,Adventurous,Aspiring,Confident,Engaging,Secretive,Seductive,Naive,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Olavi

Age: 70

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Villainous, Confident, Educated, Criminal, Decisive, Manipulative, Patriotic, Power-hungry, Unapologetic, Aggressive, Crazy,Narcisstic,Charming,Confident,Complex,Power Hungry,Outspoken,Engaging,Educated,Sophisticated,Manipulative,Lone Wolf,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Kari

Age: 41

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Confident, Heartthrob, Narcissistic, Adventurous, Empathetic, Masculine, Naive, Seductive, Charming,Adventurous,Engaging,Heartthrob,Unapologetic,Seductive,Romantic,Outspoken,Narcisstic,Masculine

About The Author

Christopher X. Ryan lives in Helsinki, Finland, where he works as a writer, editor, and ghostwriter. Born on the island of Martha's Vineyard, he has an MFA from Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School in Boulder, Colorado. His work has been published in a wide variety of journals and magazines; his story DAY SHAPES earned second place in the 2019 Baltimore Review winter contest. He is represented by the Trentin Agency for his novel BOGORE. Chris can be found at

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: No

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