Die Young, Stay Pretty

Rachel Elliott Rigolino rigolinr@gmail.com 1020597993531

DETECTIVE DRAMA

1980s & '90s

Rachel Elliott Rigolino

Logline

It’s the fall semester of 1985, and students at the elite Renfrew College are protesting against Apartheid, applying to MBA programs---and gossiping about the drug-fueled lives of the campus elite, also known as BPs or Beautiful People. When the troubled Juliet Sloper, daughter of a fabulously rich inside trader, is found murdered on a wooded path, her death sparks a tabloid feeding-frensy in the New York press.

Genre

Detective, Drama

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

New York, Hudson Valley, Private College

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: No

Starting Description

Juliet’s coke dealer and occasional lover, David Conklin, is quickly arrested after her bloodied student ID is discovered in his truck, and the murder seems an open-and-shut case. However, English professor Anne Upton, celebrated for having solved her own mother's brutal murder, is not so sure.

Ending Description

The final quarter of the novel is fast-paced and violent. Prof. Anne Upton drives down to New York City in search of her research assistant, Liz. Most of the final scenes are set in an empty Stanford White townhouse, where Liz and Anne battle to save themselves from Juliet's murderer. They survive.

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

Coming of Age, Philosophical Questions, Twist

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Main Character Details

Name: Anne Upton

Age: 54

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Honorable, Lone Wolf, Religious, Sophisticated, Strong Moral Code, Complex, Confident, Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Liz Markian

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Aggressive, Aspiring, Beautiful, Confident, Educated, Outspoken, Perseverance, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Tony Morales/Morelli

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Charming, Criminal, Decisive, Engaging, Narcissistic, Villainous, Confident, Manipulative, Masculine, Power-hungry

Additional Character Details

Name: Alex Halperin

Age: 54

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Complex, Confident, Educated, Gracious, Honorable, Strong Moral Code

Logline

It’s the fall semester of 1985, and students at the elite Renfrew College are protesting against Apartheid, applying to MBA programs---and gossiping about the drug-fueled lives of the campus elite, also known as BPs or Beautiful People. When the troubled Juliet Sloper, daughter of a fabulously rich inside trader, is found murdered on a wooded path, her death sparks a tabloid feeding-frensy in the New York press.

Short Summary

Juliet’s coke dealer and occasional lover, David Conklin, is quickly arrested after her bloodied student ID is discovered in his truck, and the murder seems an open-and-shut case. However, English professor Anne Upton, celebrated for having solved her own mother's brutal murder, is not so sure.


The final quarter of the novel is fast-paced and violent. Prof. Anne Upton drives down to New York City in search of her research assistant, Liz. Most of the final scenes are set in an empty Stanford White townhouse, where Liz and Anne battle to save themselves from Juliet's murderer. They survive.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Overcoming Monster/Villain,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Anne Upton

Age: 54

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Honorable, Lone Wolf, Religious, Sophisticated, Strong Moral Code, Complex, Confident, Educated

Character 1

Name: Liz Markian

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Aggressive, Aspiring, Beautiful, Confident, Educated, Outspoken, Perseverance, Strong Moral Code

Character 2

Name: Tony Morales/Morelli

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Charming, Criminal, Decisive, Engaging, Narcissistic, Villainous, Confident, Manipulative, Masculine, Power-hungry

Character 3

Name: Alex Halperin

Age: 54

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Complex, Confident, Educated, Gracious, Honorable, Strong Moral Code

Supplemental Materials

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