The Dionysus Connection

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Liz Cowan

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The brutal murder of a pharmacist and his wife leads to the collision course of two lonely people - investigative reporter, Daniella Lawson, and Dallas special detective, Max Fabiani.


Detective, Crime, Romance, Mystery, Suspense / Thriller, Action,,Action,Suspense/Thriller,Crime

Short Summary

The investigation uncovers more killings, including the mutilation-murder of a male stripper from Club Dionysus. The two investigators are on a collision course of antipathy, danger, and passion. Sparks fly as they uncover a long-suffering group of people who have almost given up hope.

Coerced into a final performance, Max is shot on the Club Dionysus stage with a near-fatal wound. Another killer is revealed and Daniela finally acknowledges her love for Max. Followed by a steamy epilogue.


Dallas, Texas

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Tragedy,,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending, Twist,,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence,Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: Daniela Lawson. Headstrong, at times reckless, investigative reporter with control issues.

Age: 26

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Beautiful, Complex, Educated,Complex,Secretive,Lone Wolf,Confident,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Max Fabiani

Age: mid 30s

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Educated, Lone Wolf, Masculine, Strong Moral Code, Honorable, Confident, Complex, Heroic, Heartthrob,Badass,Charming,Masculine,Complex,Sexy,Heroic,Honorable,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Clay Robertson, Chief of Police. Daniela's uncle

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Confident, Decisive, Educated, Honorable, Leader, Masculine,Masculine,Decisive,Empathetic,Leader,Honorable,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Janet

Age: 60s

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Selfless,Masculine,Villainous,Aggressive,Criminal,Greedy,Power Hungry,Manipulative,Insecure

Development Pitch

A pharmacist and his wife are brutally murdered when they interrupt the burglary of their pharmacy. Their daughter, Daniela, an investigative journalist, is hellbent on solving their murder, ignoring her uncle, Dallas Police Chief Robertson's demands to "leave things to the police." The police investigation, spearheaded by detectives Max Fabiani and P.J. McConnell. Max, a former concert pianist, and Naval Intelligence agent, ends up going undercover at Club Dionysus, a ladies' club. Daniela and Max clash over the investigation and sparks on another level ignite between them. Her stubborn behavior catches the attention of the mastermind behind her parents' death and is kidnapped. An unstoppable chain of events includes more killings, eventually uncovering the darkness operating in the city's underbelly which affects an entire terrified community. After the mastermind is killed in a gun battle during Daniela's rescue, Max is tricked into giving one final strip performance. Suddenly, an enraged man rushes the stage and shoots him, revealing Janet's previously unknown partner. Max and Daniela finally confess their love. The Epilogue includes a steamy love scene and a glimpse into their lives five years down the road.

About The Author

Liz Cowan was born in Budapest, Hungary. Fate led her to the University of Oklahoma where she met the love of her life. They live on what she dubbed the Funny Farm in the rolling hills of North Texas. When Liz is not busy spinning stories, she writes a weekly humor column and enjoys gardening.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Dallas, Texas/detective story

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: self

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available



B009KT2P3C (Amazon)