Crimson Gold

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1920s & '30s

Donna Kolling Lear

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Logline –– 1939 - George Johnson’s brother, Harmon and his wife, Zelda, have been murdered in the Dutch Hills of Alaska, along with two other men. Harmon has left a large estate and his ex-con brother Ron wants it all. George travels from Southern California. When he arrives, he finds himself at odds with his brother. Ron finally comes around, joining forces with George, U.S Commissioner Bob Maywood and FBI Agent James Riley to find the killer. The investigation stalls when the primary suspect is murdered. Then George finds Zelda’s diary and gives the investigation new life. They now have a new suspect and the confirmation that there are thousands of dollars in gold buried at one of Harmon’s mining sites.


Adventure, Crime, Suspense / Thriller, Detective, Epic, Action, Family, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Drama,

Short Summary

1939, Prospecting Community in the Dutch Hills of Alaska. Four people are dead. Harmon Johnson, Zelda Johnson and John Brady have been brutally murdered. Elias Franks, an old prospector, died from a single gunshot wound to the head. It appears to be a murder/suicide case.

George Johnson found justice for Harmon and Zelda. Ron Johnson chose to fight for his family and mend his relationship with George.


1939 Alaska

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Twist, Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: George Johnson

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring, Perseverance, Romantic, Visionary, Uneducated, Faithful, Leader, Underdog, Adventurous, Aggressive, Confident, Decisive, Honorable, Masculine, Heroic, Selfless, Skillful, Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Ron Johnson

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Power-hungry, Secretive, Unapologetic, Villainous, Adventurous, Manipulative, Outspoken, Greedy, Aggressive, Blunt, Criminal

Additional Character Details

Name: Bob Maywood

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Strong Moral Code, Engaging, Faithful, Flexible, Heroic, Masculine, Patriotic, Visionary, Aggressive, Confident, Educated, Skillful, Decisive, Leader, Selfless, Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: James Riley

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Educated, Heroic, Lone Wolf, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Confident, Decisive, Aspiring, Complex, Secretive

Development Pitch

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2013

Hard Copy Available



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