Pieces

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CRIME DRAMA MYSTERY SUSPENSE/THRILLER

Contemporary

Rebecca Rowland & Michael Aloisi

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Logline

A killer mails thirty body parts to random strangers across the country. Eighteen are turned into authorities, twelve are never found.

Genre

Crime,Drama,Mystery,Suspense/Thriller

Short Summary

Dennis Sweeney methodically wrapped and mailed thirty pieces of Julie to unexpecting people around the country. Jackson Matthews a washed up reporter discovers a letter warning him that within thirty days, another murder will be committed if all the body parts are not found... twelve are not.


A man is arrested for the crime, but Jackson does not believe he was the killer…and he is right. As Jackson opens a new letter from the killer that informs him that the game is about to begin again, in a different part of the country, Dennis silently watches his next victim.

Setting

A suburb in Massachusetts, Milwaukee (WI), Brooklyn (NY) and various cities across the United States where the pieces are received. In the book, the cities featured are Phoenix (AZ), Boston (MA), Montpelier (VT), Branson (MO), Atlanta (GA), San Francisco (CA), Philadelphia (PA), Salt Lake City (UT), Wells (ME), Omaha (NE), Wilmington (NC), Wichita (KS), Pittsburgh (PA), and Cadillac (MI), but many plot elements are flexible enough to set piece stories in alternative locations.

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Other

Plot - Other Elements

Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity,Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: Jackson Mathews

Age: 49

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring,Empathetic,Educated,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Dennis Sweeney

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Criminal,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Narcisstic,Villainous,Aggressive

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Development Pitch

Pieces, which was chosen by one of the largest horror magazines in the world, Rue Morgue, as one of their “Top Ten Essential Reads of 2019” has gotten rave reviews and has even been called a “A Silence of the Lambs meets Seven’ mash-up” by one site. This hit dark crime thriller is perfect for a potential film or television series. With the concept of, “how would you react to receiving something horrific”, Pieces is a study of flawed and unique characters and how they react when they receive a body part in the mail. Each of the twelve character reacts in drastic, horrific and comical ways… but none of them do the rational thing, call the police. While each body part has its own story, it is the cat and mouse story of the killer and a reporter he is taunting that ties it all together in a classic crime thriller way. With its intriguing crime story, Pieces is perfect for an intense television series. With twelve individual stories that are all tied together, each episode would focus on one recipient of a body part and tell their story, all while using the frame story to connect each episode together. With its satisfying, yet open ended cliffhanger, there is plenty of material for numerous seasons. As a film series, it would focus more on the cat and mouse game with shorter segments of the missing body parts. With a sequel being written and rave reviews still coming in, Piece is ripe for an adaptation.

About The Author

Michael Aloisi is the author of eight books, including Unmasked: The True Story of the World’s Most Prolific Cinematic Killer and Mr. Bluestick. Rebecca Rowland is the editor of the hit Halloween anthology Ghosts, Goblins, Murder and Madness and author of the short story collection The Horrors Hiding in Plain Sight. Both make their homes in an unassuming corner of New England not unlike the one in which Dennis Sweeney resides.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Dark Ink Books

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-1943201990