The Devil's Gap

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CRIME SUSPENSE / THRILLER ACTION

1960s & '70s

Joe Ralko

Logline

The Devil's Gap is the untold story of Canada's first suicide bomber. The scene on May 10, 1973 seemed like something from a Hollywood movie in the remote town of Kenora on the north shore of Lake of the Woods. After robbing a bank, a man was shot by police and blew himself on the Main Street with six sticks of dynamite.

Genre

Crime, Suspense / Thriller, Action

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Male leaning

Setting

Kenora, a remote northwestern Ontario logging town on the north shore of Lake of the Woods, about 100 miles from the United States/Canada border.

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2017

Starting Description

A stranger wearing pink plaid bush jacket arrives in the remote logging town and robs a bank on Main Street armed with a homemade bomb triggered by a Dead Man's Switch. The robbery and suicide bombing is broadcast live by the local radio station from it's studios across from the bank.

Ending Description

Thirty years after the event, the case is closed by Kenora police, after working with the FBI, RCMP and Interpol. The identity of the robber is never known.

Group Specific

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Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

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Mature Audience Themes

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Plot - Other Elements

,Non-fiction book that reads like a novel

Plot - Premise

,True Crime

Main Character Details

Name: Paul Higgins

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Lone Wolf, Secretive, Villainous, Crazy, Criminal

Additional Character Details

Name: Constable Don Milliard

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Charming, Confident, Decisive, Naive, Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Sergeant Robert Letain

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Decisive, Heroic, Lone Wolf, Aggressive, Badass

Additional Character Details

Name: John Berry, radio station news director

Age: 21

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Outspoken, Skillful, Aspiring, Blunt, Confident

Logline

The Devil's Gap is the untold story of Canada's first suicide bomber. The scene on May 10, 1973 seemed like something from a Hollywood movie in the remote town of Kenora on the north shore of Lake of the Woods. After robbing a bank, a man was shot by police and blew himself on the Main Street with six sticks of dynamite.

Short Summary

A stranger wearing pink plaid bush jacket arrives in the remote logging town and robs a bank on Main Street armed with a homemade bomb triggered by a Dead Man's Switch. The robbery and suicide bombing is broadcast live by the local radio station from it's studios across from the bank.


Thirty years after the event, the case is closed by Kenora police, after working with the FBI, RCMP and Interpol. The identity of the robber is never known.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

,True Crime

Characters

Main Character

Name: Paul Higgins

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Lone Wolf, Secretive, Villainous, Crazy, Criminal

Character 1

Name: Constable Don Milliard

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Charming, Confident, Decisive, Naive, Heroic

Character 2

Name: Sergeant Robert Letain

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Decisive, Heroic, Lone Wolf, Aggressive, Badass

Character 3

Name: John Berry, radio station news director

Age: 21

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Outspoken, Skillful, Aspiring, Blunt, Confident

Supplemental Materials

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