Blood in the Water

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Rick Outzen

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A newspaper publisher must get his act together as his town floods and jail explodes. He must stop his binge drinking, win back his staff and deal with a hostile takeover as he investigates corruption behind the disaster that has ties to the Dixie mafia and KKK.



Short Summary

Walker Holmes’ world has fallen apart yet again—his girlfriend has left him, an expose on human trafficking has led to his source being brutally murdered, and his nemesis appears to be unstoppable in his pursuit of a third term. When jail explodes after the town floods, Holmes must find out why.

Holmes uncovers the KKK's ties to the explosion and how it had infiltrated the sheriff's office. Sheriff Frost, Holmes nemesis, is shot as he rescues the publisher, and he is forced to resign because of corruption uncovered by Holmes. At the hospital, Frost threatens Holmes he will be back.


Pensacola, Florida

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements


Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Walker Holmes

Age: 41

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Leader,Underdog,Sarcastic,Funny,Outspoken,Complex,Aggressive

Additional Character Details

Name: Dare Kelly

Age: 41

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Charming,Confident,Sexy,Empathetic,Engaging,Sophisticated,Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: William "Gravy" Graves

Age: 39

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Masculine,Sexy,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Skillful,Heartthrob

Additional Character Details

Name: Sheriff Ron Frost

Age: 62

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Power Hungry,Secretive,Greedy

Development Pitch

Sheriff Ron Frost is the most powerful person in the county. He is seeking an unprecedented third term against Walker Holmes friend Alphonse Tyndall, a Black Democratic attorney. Frost rose to power by kissing the butts of her bosses and for protecting the ventures of organized crime - the Biloxi Boys, my version of the Dixie mafia. Frost is secretly battling cancer and wants to win re-election and turnover the reins over to his chief deputy. Frost wants to put Walker Holmes out of business and blames the publisher for his brother's suicide.

About The Author

Rick Outzen is the publisher and owner of Pensacola Inweekly and creator of Rick’s Blog, one of the most influential blogs in Florida. His investigative reporting on crime, corruption and the BP oil spill for his newspaper and The Daily Beast earned him international attention and awards. His 2018 debut novel, City of Grudges, was honored by the Florida Writers Association and Killer Nashville. He has been profiled in the New York Times and featured on Dateline NBC.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Waterside Productions

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available