PABLO FANDANGO

James L. Kelly

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GENRE

ACTION ADVENTURE CRIME DETECTIVE DRAMA EPIC MYSTERY SUSPENSE/THRILLER YOUNG ADULT

    Core Theme

    FAITH IN OTHER PEOPLE

    TIME PERIOD

    1980s & '90s, 20th Century (multiple decades), 2000s, Contemporary, The Future

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    OCEANS SERIES, NOBODY MOVE

    CHARACTER LIST

    • MARTY: 20. LEAD. CLEVER AND AMBITIOUS.

    • HOWIE: 20. MARTY'S ROOMMATE.

    • MATT: 20. MARTY'S CHILDHOOD BEST FRIEND.

    • TATAROV: 30S. A RETIRED FORGER WHO ADVISES MARTY.

    • COLIN: 30S. MARTY'S OLDER BROTHER.

    • FRANK PICCOLO: 60S. MOB BOSS WHO HELPS WITH THE SCAM.

    Logline

    Street smart Marty Ronan cleverly outsmarts one obsessed art collector, FBI, and Pablo Escobar with a forged stolen masterpiece.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    New York City, San Francisco, Toronto

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Publisher: Tellwell Talent

    Starting Description

    Brash streetsmart Marty Ronan is a gifted artist. He is looking for the ultimate scam, when one day he reads about an art collector paying $millions$ for a work of art. He decides that he will attempt to forge a stolen Picasso masterpiece. He inlists the help of his best friends and the local mob boss. Unbeknownst to Marty, he will attract the attention of the FBI and an obsessed billionaire art collector. Through unbridled determination Marty will go through a series of life changing dangerous circumstances and challenges that will land him either very rich are in prison. All the while a secret government agency notices his exploits and takes notice.

    Ending Description

    The FBI now believing they have hit the mother- lode of sting operations having access to a stolen Picasso masterpiece which is in Pablo Escobars infamous hands! And one obsessed billionaire art collector who is as dirty as the criminals there chasing. Marty Ronan successfully pulls of the scam of the century! He brilliantly outmaneuveres the FBI and his crooked targeted art collector. Covertly he has attracted the attention of a very secretive CIA unit that is overly impressed with his brash street smart talents. They believe he can be of great use too there fight against transnational organized crime groups and terrorists and pressure him to enlist.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    978-1773709369

    Mature Audience Themes

    Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity, Incest, Nudity, Substance Abuse

    Plot - Other Elements

    Coming of Age, Happy Ending, Meaningful Message, Twist, Philosophical Questions, Other (Right & Wrong, loyalty,friendship,love,family)

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain, Rags to Riches, Internal Journey/Rebirth, Quest, Rebellion Against 'The One', Voyage and Return, Tragedy

    Main Character Details

    Name: Marty Ronan

    Age: 21

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous, Aggressive, Aspiring, Badass, Beautiful, Blunt, Charming, Confident, Crazy, Criminal, Decisive, Empathetic, Engaging, Extraordinary Power or Abilities, Faithful, Flexible, Funny, Gracious, Heartthrob, Heroic, Honorable, Leader, Lone Wolf, Manipulative, Masculine, Modest, , Outspoken, Patriotic, Perseverance, Romantic, Sarcastic, Secretive, Seductive, Selfless, Sexy, Skillful, Sophisticated, Strong Moral Code, Underdog, Unapologetic, Uneducated, Visionary,

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Richardson Art Collector

    Age: 60

    Gender: Male, LGBT

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Aggressive,Blunt, Clumsy, Complex, Crazy, Criminal, Decisive, Desperate, Educated,Greedy, Insecure, Manipulative,Narcissistic,Outspoken, Power-hungry, Unapologetic,Villainous.

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Matt

    Age: 20

    Gender: Male

    Role: Sidekick

    Key Traits: Adventurous, Aggressive, Aspiring, Badass,Clumsy, Confident, Crazy, Criminal, Decisive, Desperate, Empathetic, Faithful, Flexible,Heroic, Honorable, Insecure,Modest, Naive, Patriotic, Perseverance, Religious, Romantic, Secretive, Skillful, Sophisticated, Strong Moral Code, Underdog, Unapologetic, Uneducated

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Mob Boss

    Age: 55

    Gender: Male

    Role: Mentor

    Key Traits: Adventurous, Aggressive, Aspiring, Badass,Blunt, Charming, Confident, Crazy, Engaging, Extraordinary Power or Abilities,Flexible, Greedy,Honorable, Leader, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Outspoken, Patriotic, Perseverance, Power-hungry, Religious, Secretive, Skillful, Sophisticated, Strong Moral Code, Underdog, Unapologetic, Uneducated, Visionary, Villainous.

    Development Pitch

    Genre

    THRILLER, ACTION, DRAMA

    Brief

    20 year old kid from family with mob background is a talented artist. Runs a scam with his friends where they sell a forgery that he made. Plan works, he gets caught by a mystery agency but they want to hire him.

    Overall Rating

    EXCELLENT

    Point of View

    FIRST PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

    Characterization: EXCELLENT

    Commerciality: EXCELLENT

    Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

    Pace: EXCELLENT

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The information for the book profile has yet to be submitted by the author.

    Draw of Story

    The author uses so many specific details about characters and scenes that everything feels real.

    Possible Drawbacks

    There were a lot of sequiturs and random detours that led nowhere. There was a lot of information that seemed hinted at but never given about the family and the mob history. It could go further in some areas.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    Three young men run a successful high end art scam.

    Fanbase Potential

    Absolutely. This has the feeling of a heist movie with a lot of fun thrilling scenes but at the same time the characters have so much depth and history that it would even be great to reread or rewatch.

    Awards Potential

    Absolutely. These characters are complex and troubled in ways that actors would have opportunity to experiment with. Additionally, there are many action scenes and opportunities for beauty in the design.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    ANY HEIST OR CON MOVIES IN TERMS OF FEEL.

    What’s New About the Story

    This focuses not on an art heist, but on a forgery scam. Additionally, it is unique in the depth and consideration given to its main characters. This could be more unique if there were more complications before the sale happens.

    Lead Characters

    They are highly stylized, even for Canada in the 1990s--tons of specific details about the characters and specific ways of speaking that make them feel real.

    Uniqueness of Story

    Rare gem.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Studio, Film - Streaming

    Analyst Recommendation

    RECOMMEND

    Justification

    This meandered a few places into useless, dropped plot threads, but when it didn't, it was an absolute pleasure to read. It was a fun, exciting time to read this book from start to finish.

    Brief

    A talented young artist realizes he can create a forgery of a stolen Picasso that is good enough to fool experts. Using his family ties to the underground world of organized crime, he and his friends are able to set up a scam.

    What We Liked

    - This was a fun read that we didn't want to put down. It has the excitement of a heist movie as the plan is put into place, but what really adds to the world is the multidimensionality present in all of the main characters. The main characters are layered and unique and pull you into the mystery of their lives.
    - Film: As a film, this would be a great thriller that viewers would flock to for a fun weekend movie experience.
    - TV: This would be a great weekly thriller where each season focused on a different main scam as a whole but each episode also revealed a little more about the characters and their world.
    - Key points: Exciting; Well written; Unique premise; Detailed characters; High stakes

    Synopsis

    Marty Ronan has always been an incredibly talented fine artist, but he's never had a passion for it. While in art school, he starts hatching an idea for a scam: he could reproduce a stolen Picasso and sell it someone, and before they figured it out, it would be too late to do anything about it and he would have a few million dollars. Although he's only 20 years old, crime is familiar to Marty--his father worked for the mob boss Frank Piccolo for years. His childhood best friend, Matt, also has ties to the mob. Matt's father was killed in Marty's father's bar, Limerick, back when it was a bar. Recently, it's been taken over by Frank's son, Vince, who employed Marty's older brother, Colin, and turned it into a strip club.

    Marty runs his idea by Matt and his roommate, Howie, a British DJ. Matt and Howie both believe that Marty is talented enough to pull off the forgery, and Howie offers to get them in contact with some potential buyers, as Howie knows plenty of rich people in low places. Matt suggests they secretly ask Frank for advice by asking him if he knows of any art forgers claiming it's for a school project for Marty. Colin sets up the meeting, but to everyone's surprise, Frank meets with Marty directly. While Vince threatens Matt away from going to the club his girlfriend dances at on the outside in the bar, inside Colin's office, Frank offers to introduce Marty to a retired pro forger and forbids him from pulling the scam on certain people. Marty agrees, knowing that, although it is unsaid, he will have to pay a high percentage to Frank if everything goes according to plan.

    Marty does research on high profile art thefts in the library and finds the perfect candidate for his forgery: a Picasso pastel called ""Two Women."" As this is 1990 and he cannot just google the image, it takes him weeks of research to find out what the stolen piece looked like. The hardest part is finding a colored version of the piece, and it takes him a month to find a color plate he can use. After many tries, he is able to create a successful copy. He goes to New York and meets with Frank's friend, the former forger Tatarov, who gives him some advice and encouragement.

    Marty and Matt set up a plan to sell to a New York businessman through Howie. While Howie is on the phone with the businessman, he implies that he works for a man who works for Pablo Escobar. This ends up helping Marty and Matt when they meet with the New York man. Everything goes well and the expert is fooled and verifies that the forgery is the real Picasso. However, the New York target reveals that he is actually acting on behalf of another buyer and is unable to make the purchase immediately. Marty and Matt are angry and make arrangements to go to San Francisco instead. They tell the buyer that this is his last chance. The original buyer flies out to San Francisco and meets with them. The sale goes through, and the boys return home, feeling a little richer but mostly feeling the thrill of the success.

    Howie moves back home to England and Matt starts getting more involved in organized crime back in their hometown. One day, Marty is approached by a mysterious stranger who tells him that he has figured out his scam, but is not going to go after Marty. Instead, he offers to bring Marty into his business.

    Marty makes a deal with this man to work for him as long as he helps protect Matt from the mess he's in.

    About The Author

    From the murder capital of Oakland, to the bustling streets of Bangkok, author James Kelly has worked as top level mercenary operating on the frontlines with the RCMP, DEA, ICE, INTERPOL, AFP, and a whole slew of clandestine intelligence agencies around the world fighting transnational terrorism and organized crime. Kelly has worked in overseas investigations in Asia, Australia, India, Europe, South America, and the Middle East.