Red Rider

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SUSPENSE / THRILLER ACTION CRIME DRAMA MYSTERY

2000s

Gerrit Steenhagen

Logline

A grieving father – known to the reader only as Teacher – takes on a new identity after the brutal murder of his teenaged son. Masquerading as a substitute teacher, he tracks down the killer – a high school senior – and methodically builds a web to entrap him. Teacher does not desire simple justice or death for the killer; he wants the killer to endure what his son endured. But Teacher’s plan takes a life-shattering turn when he must save his son’s former girlfriend from the clutches of the brutal MS-13 gang. A taut, suspenseful thriller, Red Rider explores the depths of revenge and the strength of human bonds.

Genre

Suspense / Thriller, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Los Angeles

Based on a True Story

No

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2018

Starting Description

We first meet the man the reader knows only by the name of Teacher sleeping on his son’s grave. Today his son would have turned eighteen. Teacher masquerades as a high school substitute, looking for the student who killed his son; his only lead is that the student uses a catheter.

Ending Description

Teacher helps Girl escape MS-13 by procuring a new identity for her and getting her into a far away college. The two gang bangers whose lives were spared at seventeen now come back for revenge. One shoots Teacher and the other stabs him, as Girl watches, unable to assist him. Teacher dies.

Group Specific

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Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

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Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Plot - Other Elements

,Revenge

Plot - Premise

Tragedy

Main Character Details

Name: Teacher

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Honorable, Lone Wolf, Selfless, Complex, Decisive, Engaging, Faithful, Perseverance, Aggressive, Badass, Charming, Manipulative, Strong Moral Code, Empathetic, Heroic, Secretive, Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Girl

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Desperate, Empathetic, Engaging, Faithful, Honorable, Secretive, Complex, Perseverance, Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Kevin

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Villainous, Confident, Crazy, Educated, Gracious, Leader, Secretive, Charming, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Power-hungry

Additional Character Details

Name: Bodyguard

Age: 28

Gender: LGBT

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Crazy, Criminal, Manipulative, Masculine, Seductive, Uneducated, Villainous

Logline

A grieving father – known to the reader only as Teacher – takes on a new identity after the brutal murder of his teenaged son. Masquerading as a substitute teacher, he tracks down the killer – a high school senior – and methodically builds a web to entrap him. Teacher does not desire simple justice or death for the killer; he wants the killer to endure what his son endured. But Teacher’s plan takes a life-shattering turn when he must save his son’s former girlfriend from the clutches of the brutal MS-13 gang. A taut, suspenseful thriller, Red Rider explores the depths of revenge and the strength of human bonds.

Short Summary

We first meet the man the reader knows only by the name of Teacher sleeping on his son’s grave. Today his son would have turned eighteen. Teacher masquerades as a high school substitute, looking for the student who killed his son; his only lead is that the student uses a catheter.


Teacher helps Girl escape MS-13 by procuring a new identity for her and getting her into a far away college. The two gang bangers whose lives were spared at seventeen now come back for revenge. One shoots Teacher and the other stabs him, as Girl watches, unable to assist him. Teacher dies.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Tragedy,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Teacher

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Honorable, Lone Wolf, Selfless, Complex, Decisive, Engaging, Faithful, Perseverance, Aggressive, Badass, Charming, Manipulative, Strong Moral Code, Empathetic, Heroic, Secretive, Skillful

Character 1

Name: Girl

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Desperate, Empathetic, Engaging, Faithful, Honorable, Secretive, Complex, Perseverance, Educated

Character 2

Name: Kevin

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Villainous, Confident, Crazy, Educated, Gracious, Leader, Secretive, Charming, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Power-hungry

Character 3

Name: Bodyguard

Age: 28

Gender: LGBT

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Crazy, Criminal, Manipulative, Masculine, Seductive, Uneducated, Villainous

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