The Innocents

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SUSPENSE / THRILLER

1940s & '50s

Jeff Lee

Logline

The Innocents explores the dark side of the family life of “The Greatest Generation.” This is a murder mystery that is less about “who done it” than about exploring the trauma of a world still reeling from the fallout of World War II.

Genre

Suspense / Thriller

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

1955, small town, Central Pennsylvania

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2014

Starting Description

As the police chief in a small town, World War II veteran Karl Myers is the prototypical hard-edged cop. His marriage has dissolved; he lives in the brief space between calls that seldom involve real crime, and he reaches for the bourbon more often than is good for him.

Ending Description

Myers realizes the killer has been in plain sight since the murder: a 12-year-old boy with whose mother Myers has had a fling. At the last instant, the boy is unexpectedly shot in Myers' presence by the brother of a now catatonic witness as the boy is about to kill her.

Group Specific

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Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

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Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity, Extreme Violence

Plot - Other Elements

Twist,A lost soul seeking connection

Plot - Premise

Tragedy

Main Character Details

Name: Karl Myers

Age: 42

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Secretive, Strong Moral Code, Perseverance, Leader, Blunt, Complex, Decisive, Modest, Selfless, Masculine, Educated, Heroic, Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Vivian Peterman

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Secretive, Seductive, Aggressive, Beautiful, Complex, Desperate, Insecure, Manipulative

Additional Character Details

Name: Greg Peterman

Age: 12

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Desperate, Insecure, Manipulative, Secretive, Villainous

Additional Character Details

Name: Jerry Peterman

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Villainous, Aggressive, Blunt, Insecure, Masculine, Outspoken, Secretive, Unapologetic

Logline

The Innocents explores the dark side of the family life of “The Greatest Generation.” This is a murder mystery that is less about “who done it” than about exploring the trauma of a world still reeling from the fallout of World War II.

Short Summary

As the police chief in a small town, World War II veteran Karl Myers is the prototypical hard-edged cop. His marriage has dissolved; he lives in the brief space between calls that seldom involve real crime, and he reaches for the bourbon more often than is good for him.


Myers realizes the killer has been in plain sight since the murder: a 12-year-old boy with whose mother Myers has had a fling. At the last instant, the boy is unexpectedly shot in Myers' presence by the brother of a now catatonic witness as the boy is about to kill her.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Tragedy,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Karl Myers

Age: 42

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Secretive, Strong Moral Code, Perseverance, Leader, Blunt, Complex, Decisive, Modest, Selfless, Masculine, Educated, Heroic, Lone Wolf

Character 1

Name: Vivian Peterman

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Secretive, Seductive, Aggressive, Beautiful, Complex, Desperate, Insecure, Manipulative

Character 2

Name: Greg Peterman

Age: 12

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Desperate, Insecure, Manipulative, Secretive, Villainous

Character 3

Name: Jerry Peterman

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Villainous, Aggressive, Blunt, Insecure, Masculine, Outspoken, Secretive, Unapologetic

Supplemental Materials

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