The Laws of Attraction

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DETECTIVE COMEDY DRAMA FAMILY RELIGIOUS FUNNY SUSPENSE/THRILLER ROMANCE

Contemporary

Howard R Reiss

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At 88-years old Ben is killed by a truck tire that smashes into his car and his grieving sons discover he has left his multi-million dollar estate to his new 24-year old wife, Susannah. When the marriage and will are challenged in court, Susannah claims to be a reincarnate of his late wife, Rose.

Genre

Detective,Comedy,Drama,Family,Religious,Funny,Suspense/Thriller,Romance

Short Summary

Susannah's reincarnation claim hits the national wires and New City is turned into a circus with reporters, demonstrators, believers and non-believers jeering at each other across the courthouse steps as a trial is held to determine whether there is life after death.


A no nonsense judge, two zealous attorneys, an old friend of Rose’s, a beautiful spirit medium, Ben’s three sons, a small town jury and an old-time private investigator who scours the country searching for Susannah’s past make for an unusual and somewhat comic trial about life and death.

Setting

Upstate New York

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Rags to Riches,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Susannah

Age: 24

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Crazy,Faithful,Naive,Religious,Blunt,Visionary

Additional Character Details

Name: The Family Lawyer

Age: late sixties

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Confident,Decisive,Honorable,Modest,Skillful,Sarcastic

Additional Character Details

Name: The Private Detective

Age: sixties

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Decisive,Blunt,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Sarcastic,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: A beautiful spirit medium

Age: 60

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Engaging,Faithful,Sexy,Funny,Visionary

Development Pitch

At 88-years old Ben Everett is killed by a loose truck tire that smashes into his windshield and his grieving family soon discovers that he has left his multi-million dollar estate to his new 24-year old wife, Susannah McCreedy. When the marriage and the will are challenged in court, Susannah claims to be the reincarnation of Ben’s first wife, Rose. This quickly hits the national wires and the small town of New City is turned into a circus with reporters, demonstrators- believers and non-believers-jeering at each other at the park across from the courthouse as the trial takes on biblical proportions with testimony from academic experts on reincarnation. A no nonsense judge, two zealous attorneys, including one who was himself the child of a May-December marriage, an old friend of Rose’s, Ben’s three sons, a beautiful spirit medium, a small town jury and an old-time private investigator who scours the country searching for Susannah’s past make for a rather unusual and somewhat comical trial to determine whether whether or not there is indeed life after death.

About The Author

Howard Reiss is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia Law School. He won writing prizes at both institutions, but confined his creative energies for the first 25 years after graduation to writing songs for his wife and daughters. He helped found a soup kitchen in Nyack, New York where he lives and runs, and supports book publishers by buying more books than he can possibly find the time to read.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon

Year Published: 2014

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

0990806200