West of Sin: A Thriller

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Wesley S. Lewis

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A woman running from a personal betrayal stumbles upon a criminal conspiracy in a small town where the number-one industry is vice.



Short Summary

Jennifer Williams is running from heartache when she stops at a small-town truck stop to ask directions and inadvertently interrupts a robbery in progress.

A handsome bystander steps forward to protect her, but she soon learns that the robbery wasn't what it appeared, that this small town hides a big secret, and that her troubles have just begun (see synopsis for more).


Las Vegas, Nevada; Pahrump, Nevada; the Nevada desert between Las Vegas and Pahrump; and (briefly) the Southern Colorado Rocky Mountains

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Sexual Abuse,Extreme Violence,Substance Abuse,Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: Jennifer Williams

Age: Late 30s

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Insecure,Romantic,Sexy,Educated,Charming,Complex,Decisive,Empathetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Matt Crocker

Age: Early 40s

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Honorable,Skillful,Educated,Charming,Confident,Empathetic,Sexy,Romantic,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Vladimir Dudka

Age: Late 60s

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Sophisticated,Manipulative,Educated,Villainous,Unapologetic,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Ilya Boystov

Age: Early 50s

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Educated,Villainous,Manipulative,Sophisticated

Development Pitch

'Three Days of the Condor' meets 'Ozark' *** Jennifer Williams hoped her budding relationship with her newly single boss would make this year’s real estate conference bearable. Then she caught her boss in bed with a coworker and sped off into the desert, leaving the conference, the hotel, and the Las Vegas Strip in her rearview mirror. Lost and alone, she stops for directions at a small-town truck stop and inadvertently disrupts a robbery in progress. Her presence threatens to escalate the situation, until another bystander—a man running from his own tragic past—steps forward to protect her. She soon learns that the attempted robbery wasn’t what it appeared and that this small town west of Sin City is home to a big secret. *** “West of Sin blazes with page-turning tension, wit, exceptional dialogue, and affable characters.” —'Foreword Reviews' *** “Fans of zippy, high-tension thrillers with romantic and humorous elements will be enthralled by this fresh and original novel.” —'BookLife Reviews' (editor’s pick) *** “An explosive adventure that pays off repeatedly with nail-biting scenes that often manage to surprise.” —BestThrillers.com *** “Mr. Lewis has displayed a superb writing talent equal to that of a young James Patterson.” —'Affaire de Coeur' (reviewer’s choice) *** “A very impressive first novel…Lewis knows how to deliver plot twists, things most astute readers will not see coming…A rousing, well-researched thriller.” —'Kirkus Reviews'

About The Author

Wesley S. Lewis grew up in Lubbock, Texas, and now lives in Austin with his wife, Anna, and their dog, Noodle. Wes’s nonwriting résumé includes stints as a filmmaker, skydiving instructor, political activist, and commercial real estate agent. WEST OF SIN is his debut novel. Follow him at WesleySLewis.com.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Red Granite Press LLC

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available