A Jolly Good Fellow

Book Cover

CRIME DRAMA SUSPENSE / THRILLER

2000s

Stephen Masse

Logline

Two weeks before Christmas, Duncan Wagner gets into his car for another attempt at kidnapping the son of his most despised enemy, State Representative Win Booker.

Genre

Crime, Drama, Suspense / Thriller

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Boston, MA

Based on a True Story

No

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Good Harbor Press

Year Published: 2008

Starting Description

Duncan Wagner, a fake charity Santa Claus, sets out to kidnap the son of a politician, and when he drives into the wealthy suburb, he discovers the boy hitchhiking. So begins Wagner's quest for revenge as he finds himself face to face with a real boy, and no clue about how to run a kidnapping.

Ending Description

A fire breaks out in Wagner's apartment building and he and the boy are forced to escape into the cold night into a crowd of onlookers, firefighters and police.

Group Specific

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Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

9780979963803

Mature Audience Themes

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Plot - Other Elements

Twist, Meaningful Message

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Main Character Details

Name: Duncan Wagner is a self-styled charity Santa Claus intent on revenge. When he succeeds in kidnapping eleven-year-old Gabriel Booker, be comes to realize that the boy is a runaway, much more curious than scared.

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Desperate, Empathetic, Complex, Sarcastic, Clumsy

Additional Character Details

Name: Gabriel Booker

Age: 11

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Engaging, Naive, Empathetic, Outspoken, Adventurous, Blunt

Additional Character Details

Name: WInthrop Booker

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Confident, Decisive, Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Dick Murphy

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous, Charming

Logline

Two weeks before Christmas, Duncan Wagner gets into his car for another attempt at kidnapping the son of his most despised enemy, State Representative Win Booker.

Short Summary

Duncan Wagner, a fake charity Santa Claus, sets out to kidnap the son of a politician, and when he drives into the wealthy suburb, he discovers the boy hitchhiking. So begins Wagner's quest for revenge as he finds himself face to face with a real boy, and no clue about how to run a kidnapping.


A fire breaks out in Wagner's apartment building and he and the boy are forced to escape into the cold night into a crowd of onlookers, firefighters and police.

Development Pitch

A Jolly Good Fellow is compelling, memorable, and certainly unusual -- the characters are in charge of this sleigh ride, and they're driving through Boston without a map. The visuals of an old Boston apartment, a kidnapping, the streets of the city in snow, the wrangling of a sad and desperate man and a clever, adventurous boy, all leave a great canvas for any film developer.

About The Author

Stephen Masse

Core Theme

Internal Journey/Rebirth,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Duncan Wagner is a self-styled charity Santa Claus intent on revenge. When he succeeds in kidnapping eleven-year-old Gabriel Booker, be comes to realize that the boy is a runaway, much more curious than scared.

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Desperate, Empathetic, Complex, Sarcastic, Clumsy

Character 1

Name: Gabriel Booker

Age: 11

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Engaging, Naive, Empathetic, Outspoken, Adventurous, Blunt

Character 2

Name: WInthrop Booker

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Confident, Decisive, Educated

Character 3

Name: Dick Murphy

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous, Charming

Supplemental Materials

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