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My name is Author, and I am writing to introduce you to my novel Secluded Alleys – a darkly humorous, neo-noir thriller. It is Carl Hiaasen meets Pulp Fiction in the caffeinated, smoke-choked marijuana culture of the Pacific Northwest:
The photographs allegedly show a dead woman covered with mousetraps, a dead baby holding a handgun, a dead girl provocatively posed with fruits and vegetables.
Dylan Massey, Seattle’s favorite pot-addled reporter, is approached by a bizarre young man who calls himself Lou C. Fur and claims to pose cadavers with objects as an artistic expression. But when Lou is arrested as a serial killer, Seattle is awash in the controversy and Dylan’s reputation is swept away in the tide of public disgust. While the cops are convinced the deaths are the work of one sick young man, Dylan sets his sights on a voyeuristic apartment manager, a bad cop with a vendetta, and a billionaire software tycoon with a dirty secret. Dylan must delve deep and face his demons in order to discover some light of truth through all of the haze.
As a former reporter and gallery director, I bring readers into the worlds of art and journalism with an eye for detail. As a screenwriter, my films have shown internationally, most recently at The Smithsonian Institute Museum of American History. My writing has received numerous accolades:
“Compared, with good reason, to stories of Raymond Carver.” – The Seattle Times
“Well written.” C. Michael Curtis, Fiction Editor of The Atlantic Monthly
“Startlingly unique.” The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“An evocative short story.” – Matt Groening, Creator of The Simpsons
I have included a synopsis and the first three chapters of my 79,000 word novel in the body of this email. Also, please know that I am sending this query letter to three other agents who may be a good fit for my work. I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your consideration.
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