Death Cross

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20th Century (multiple decades),2000s,Contemporary,Across Centuries,Other

Edward Caputo

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A female FBI agent must stop a serial Internet CEO assassin Day Trader on Wall Street when the publicly traded stock price intersects the “Death Cross” after he invests in the stock. The CEO of a successful technology company and his affair with the wife of his largest customer become targets.


Action,Adventure,Crime,Detective,Drama,Mystery,Melodrama,Historical Fiction,Suspense/Thriller,Romance,Other

Short Summary

It was the grand finale of the 20th century, and the dawn of a new era, a new technology, a new profession, and... a new motive for murder. The “Internet revolution,” like the industrial revolution, and countless other revolutions before them promised to change planet earth forever… and it did!

Brad Burke had conceived, built, and brought public, a highly successful Internet technology company in an era in which the Internet was beginning to permeate every facet of human existence. Amid the maelstrom of success, romance, jealousy, and murder, he was in the death crosshairs of an assassin!


Wall Street, Manhattan, New York City

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Rags to Riches,Tragedy,Overcoming Monster/Villain,Quest,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Other

Plot - Other Elements

Twist,Philosophical Questions,Meaningful Message,Coming of Age,Other

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity,Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Casey Collins

Age: early 30's

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Heartthrob,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic,Sophisticated,Seductive,Romantic,Sexy,Patriotic,Skillful,Flexible,Educated,Outspoken

Additional Character Details

Name: Bradley J. Burke

Age: mid-40's

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Heartthrob,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Underdog,Masculine,Modest,Sexy,Patriotic,Outspoken,Skillful,Visionary,Romantic,Seductive,Sophisticated,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Bart Johnnson

Age: mid-50's

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Crazy,Criminal,Decisive,Desperate,Adventurous,Masculine,Villainous,Narcisstic,Uneducated,Power Hungry,Outspoken,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic,Manipulative,Secretive,Skillful,Greedy,Blunt

Additional Character Details

Name: Payne Dillion

Age: mid-20's

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Underdog,Clumsy,Desperate,Empathetic,Engaging,Insecure,Naive,Modest,Secretive,Lone Wolf

Development Pitch

Brad Burke was on top of the world. He had conceived, built, and brought public, a highly successful Internet technology company in an era in which the Internet was beginning to permeate every facet of human existence. The Webstar Initial Public Offering had taken full advantage of the Dot-com bubble, and it sparkled brilliantly through Webstar’s sky-high share price multiples. Unfortunately, Brad had three problems: One, he was having an affair with the love of his life, but she was married to his best customer, mentor, and Chairman of the Board. Two, there was a crazy Day Trader, assassinating CEOs of public Internet companies, if their share price plunged below its long-term moving average and signaled a “Death Cross” inversion. Three, for no apparent reason, Brad’s Webstar stock suddenly crashed into a Death Cross! Amid the maelstrom of success, romance, jealousy, and murder. He was in the death crosshairs of an assassin, will he come through it alive?

About The Author

Edward Caputo is an entrepreneur, author, investor, developer and former Chief Executive Officer of a number of highly successful technology companies, which he founded and built during his career in business. He pioneered outsourcing to India, rode the first Internet wave, engineered an Initial Public Offering at the peak of the Dot-com bubble in 1998 and sold out in a cash-only deal right before the Dot-com bubble burst and the technology stock market crash of 2001. His honors include: Ernst & Young: Master Entrepreneur of The Year Award Bachelor of Science: Business Administration - Summa Cum Laude Computer Systems Engineer - Electronic Data Systems, Dallas, Texas FLMI - Fellow of the Life Management Institute Naples 2016 Citizen of the Year - Naples, Florida Sponsor: FSW Writing Scholarship Award Born in Brooklyn, New York, Edward Caputo originally studied to become a lawyer. After graduating at the top of his class from college, he sought a summer job prior to attending law school. As fate would have it, Ross Perot scouted the college campus looking to hire top graduates as employees for Electronic Data Systems. That summer job was a career-changing course. As Ross had done with IBM, he broke from EDS and formed Command Systems, taking the company public in 1998 with over 500 employees and five branches, including an international development center in Bangalore, India. His published novel "Death Cross" is based upon dramatized real-life experiences during the process of taking his company public on Wall Street. He started writing a weekly column called "Caputo on Computers" for the Hartford Business Journal and that began his quest to become a published author.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Black Rose

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available



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