THE PAPER ROUTE

Jacqueline McDonald namestorybook@gmail.com 3624784461978

DETECTIVE CRIME HISTORICAL FICTION FAMILY DRAMA MYSTERY RELIGIOUS

1940s & '50s

Jacqueline Cayer Nelson McDonald

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THE PAPER ROUTE is about a paper girl with an unnatural ability to discern good from evil at first sight. In the course of her daily delivery of the newspaper, she unwittingly collects information relevant to an on-going murder investigation and is key to solving a cold case involving her great aunt

Genre

Detective,Crime,Historical Fiction,Family,Drama,Mystery,Religious

Short Summary

To escape her grim reality, the paper girl secretly surveils a neighborhood figure. A headline compels her to come forward as his alibi. Forged in Catholicism and loss, her bond with the case detective includes her unofficial wards, her baby brother and simple uncle. The two partner to solve crime.


The detective's childless family includes his wife and her brother, Jack Kerouac. Through them, the paper girl is introduced to New York City's circle of beat writers and artists, one of whom, it turns out, shares a disturbing connection with her great Aunt.

Setting

Mid-century, mill town, Lowell, Massachusetts & NYC

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Jackie

Age: 8 - 13

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Complex,Religious,Lone Wolf,Secretive,Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Engaging,Faithful,Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Detective Dahm

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Masculine,Aggressive,Confident,Blunt,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Victor the Strong man

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Masculine,Obedient,Uneducated,Complex,Religious,Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Jack Kerouac

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Narcisstic,Aggressive,Masculine

Development Pitch

THE PAPER ROUTE is a 74,250 word family saga set in mid-century, mill-town Lowell, Massachusetts. It's about a paper girl with a subtle and untapped ability to discern good from evil at first sight. In the course of her daily delivery of the newspaper, she unwittingly collects information relevant to an ongoing murder investigation. Compelled to undo an injustice, the paper girl seeks out and shares her insights with the case detective who comes to regard her fondly as part mystic, part truant. Together, they become a formidable crime solving duo. Forged in Catholicism, longing and loss, the bond between the paper girl and the detective grows to envelope their respective families which include the paper girl's unofficial wards, Chou-chou, her baby brother and Victor the Strongman, her simple uncle. The detective's childless family includes his wife, Caroline and her brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Joan Kerouac. Through them, the paper girl is introduced to New York City's circle of beat writers and artists, one of whom, it turns out, shares a disturbing connection with her and her late great aunt. Recognizing that the paper girl's uncanny ability exposes her to evil, the detective vows to protect her from any and all miscreants, known and unknown. THE PAPER ROUTE, my first book in a planned trilogy, is a cross between HARRIET THE SPY and A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN.

About The Author

* Imperfect follower of Christ; wife, mother, grandmother, author. * Owner/Founder Called by Name Books (available on Amazon) * Former newsletter writer for international, high-tech companies.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: No

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

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