Sam Markum and the Carmel Cadavers

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T. Lawton Carney

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A quiet weekend away turns into a search for the person or persons responsible for two macabre killings. Justin Wexler dies in one of the treatment rooms during his usual procedure. They uncover a scheme devised by the most unexpected of perps and the use of a revolutionary method to kill.



Short Summary

A mysterious package is hidden in a park. The next morning a man dies while getting a massage. Sam and Jamie are brought in to investigate. The clues are sparse and before they can find the culprit a second death occurs.

The purp is revealed and tells the story of how the murder was concieved.


Carmel, CA Palm Springs, CA

Based on a True Story


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Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Sam Markum Jamie Schmidt

Age: Late 30's Early 30's

Gender: Lgbt

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Charming,Sexy,Confident,Decisive,Romantic,Educated,Honorable,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Jamie Schmidt

Age: 34

Gender: Lgbt

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Sexy,Confident,Empathetic,Funny,Romantic,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Margaret Godsuch

Age: 75

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Engaging,Funny,Secretive,Charming

Additional Character Details

Name: Doris Waverly (Martin Sanchez)

Age: 42

Gender: Other

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Villainous,Complex,Confident,Criminal,Secretive

Development Pitch

Two people die in beautiful Carmel, CA and Sam and Jamie, on a weekend get-away, are asked to help when itโ€™s discovered the deaths were a set of grizzly murders. Questioning the denizens of Carmel and interpreting their answers proves a formidable task but, the men find the answers needed to bring the culprit to justice.

About The Author

T. Lawton Carney is the published author of three highly successful nonfiction books on the business of interior design under the name of Thomas L. Williams. Tom has also contributed to the premier issue of the Santa Barbara Literary Journal and co-written interior design forecast pieces and written for local and regional newspapers. His fiction ranges from galactic adventure in the far future to a near-future murder mystery series featuring Sam Markum. The series brings the glamour and intrigue of the 1930s to a late 21st-century future with all the action and adventure one would expect from a suave private eye. Tom embraces the concept of a future in which all mankind is the beneficiary of the exploration that will take us to the moon, the planets, and ultimately the stars. With his husband Robert, Tom has lived on the East Coast of the United States, London, England, Carmel, California, and now Palm Springs, California. They have traveled extensively and enjoy a wide range of interests.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: LGBT Leaning,Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: T. Lawton Carney

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available



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