A Deadly Gamble

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Pat Mullan

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Corruption, Collusion, Conspiracy leads to one man's downfall. Fear, Hope, Despair take you from New York to Las Vegas in this fast, tense, tale. Revenge drives you to Asuncion, Paraguay. Jim Sharkey, a failed banker, is both the hunter and the hunted.


Action, Crime, Suspense/Thriller

Short Summary

Jim Sharkey is both the hunter and the hunted. Left to die in the Mojave desert he survives and seeks revenge. The flow of money through the global banking system was once his life-blood. Now it threatens to be his poison. London, Zurich, Isle of Man set the stage for the adrenalin-fueled climax.

From Vegas and back again, Sharkey's involvement with legal and illegalmaneuvers and protagonists who aren't what they seem creates a fluid,ever-changing plot which sweeps readers along on a flowing ride through aseries of encounters based on a big company's secret involvements withParaguayan crime


New York, Las Vegas, Las Angeles, London, Asuncion, Isle of Man, Zurich

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Other

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Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Jim Sharkey

Age: 42

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Educated,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Jack Miller aka Roger Coleman aka Tom Gordon-Smith

Age: 46

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Criminal,Masculine,Narcisstic

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Development Pitch

"You know you're reading a good thriller when you start to cast it for the movie before you've even finished."--Eithne Hannigan, Bookreviews,Connemara Life magazine. ------------------------------------------------------------ It's an unusual scenario to have a hunter also be prey, and atfirst this seems a challenging turnaround of events - but the logic of a manleft to die who survives to gain revenge another day is impeccable, and makes ADeadly Gamble a riveting thriller that evolves from a Las Vegas deal gone awryto a story of revenge and conflict. Add in the global banking system and its uses and abuses, and an internationalfocus, and you have a story line that sizzles with excitement and which beginsin Miami, where a forthcoming marriage of the daughter of a prominentParaguayan family is halted when deceit is uncovered on the groom's part by thebride's protective brothers who send him packing. At every turn in the story there's fuel from the banking process, which injectsitself into high-stakes stories of confrontation, deception, revenge, and bigmoney. A heartbroken bride pursues her dream in a process that will reachacross the world to involve banker Jim Sharkey, a Manhattan businessman whoseobsession with his career has ended his family. Drifting towards ruin, hebecomes involved in a theft that could lead him away from a dead-end job into aworld of wealth. But the theft of funds in the millions is stolen from thatprominent Paraguayan family. And they want blood.

About The Author

Pat Mullan is a member of International Thriller Writers. His thriller novels, poetry, and short stories are published in the US, Ireland, and the UK. He was one of fifty Irish writers chosen by Oxygen Books in the UK for inclusion in 'City-Pick DUBLIN', published to mark Dublin being chosen as UNESCO'S City of Culture for 2010. His short story, Galway Girl, was short-listed for Galway’s WOW Awards. He has published five thriller novels : The Circle of Sodom, Blood Red Square, Last Days of the Tiger, Creatures of Habit, and A Deadly Gamble. The Circle of Sodom, his first novel, received two nominations, one for Best First Novel and one for Best Suspense Thriller, at the Love Is Murder conference in Chicago. You can read more about him on his website: www.patmullan.com

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,55+

Target Gender: Male Leaning,Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Athry House Books

Year Published: 2015

Hard Copy Available