The Optogram

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Noelle Jeffreys

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The death of a beautiful girl, the secret within her eyes, & the troubled genius who opens the doorway. To solve her murder, he must stay ahead of his demons & those who want his code.



Short Summary

Dothan Knox has been placed in a disappointing software development internship at an ocular facility. He creates an algorithm capable of displaying the last image seen in life on a murder victim's post-mortem retinal scan and sets out to find her murderer through the image.

Surviving a murder attempt and the revenge of a disgruntled hacker, Dothan loses everything until he sees a newspaper image of the woman who destroyed his life. He takes charge once more, determined to win her back. He's a genius, after all.


Seattle, Washington, USA

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions,Twist,Other

Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Dothan Knox

Age: 21

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Desperate,Greedy,Heartthrob,Insecure,Naive,Narcisstic,Sexy,Funny,Secretive,Manipulative

Additional Character Details

Name: Agnes Pitree

Age: 60

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aggressive,Confident,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Honorable,Religious,Funny,Sarcastic,Secretive,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: January Kinsie

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Charming,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Criminal,Decisive,Engaging,Greedy,Heartthrob,Leader,Villainous,Narcisstic,Sexy,Power Hungry,Skillful,Romantic,Secretive,Seductive,Manipulative,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Bekkii Simms

Age: 21

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Charming,Clumsy,Complex,Desperate,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Naive,Obedient,Selfless,Romantic,Seductive

Development Pitch

Imagine the discovery of the last image of life imprinted within a human eye--an optogram in Victorian times. In my story, The Optogram, a troubled genius finds a unique image behind the retina of a beautiful murder victim through his creation of a software algorithm. After he steals the information from his employer, he sets out to solve her murder, but he must stay ahead of his own mental and substance demons and those who want his code. The Optogram uses real tech, the intriguing sympathy of the coder in Mr. Robot and the noir feel and tension of the Maltese Falcon. Dothan Knox is a character that you might want to hate at first, but can't, as he fumbles his way through a roller-coaster situation in which he is clearly over his head due to his previous life. Even when it seems he can fall no further into the chasm of failure, though, he finds a way to survive in the end.

About The Author

Noelle Jeffreys was born and raised outside the city of Detroit, Michigan, during one of the most turbulent times in the city's history. She has been involved in technology since the 1980's and continues to delve into its ever-evolving trends. With an unending imagination and a fascination for thriller and mystery fiction, she wrote stories at an early age. She began to explore ways in which to combine tech and mystery into a stunning world of intrigue, and the result is her debut novel, The Optogram.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Noelle Jeffreys

Year Published: 2021

Hard Copy Available