Sunday, October 18, 2015

Two Minute Pitch for Wrong Crowd by Richard Godwin

Who the hell are you? 
Maxine, how did this maniac get in here?
(He's your 3 o'clock appointment, moron!) 
Oh
OK. Well, don't just sit there. Sell me
How did you come up with the idea?

 I’d been thinking a lot about the fact that according to a leading financial expert London’s economy is propped up by Russian Mafia and Colombian cartel money, I’d also been thinking about the art world, writing the character of an art thief who gets involved with the Russian Mafia through a turf war involving his East End villain mate came naturally, as did writing Maxine, the beautiful woman with no past who is at the centre of the novel’s action.
What’s the Teaser Pitch?
Art thief falls in love with a femme fatale in the Caribbean, and gets sucked into a criminal maelstrom.
Who is your hero and how does he change in the book?
He is an art thief and a romantic. His obsession with Maxine drives his actions and places him in the wrong crowd.
Why did you pick this title?
· It completely sums up the world of hustlers, pimps, gun runners and gangsters.
What’s the logline?
A sultry novel in which an art thief finds himself out of his depth in a criminal maelstrom when he meets a beautiful woman with no past. 
Give me a quick synopsis
When Claude meets Maxine in the Caribbean he falls for her. He does not expect he will start an affair with her back in London, then again he does not expect to have to call on the help of his old mate Spike, nor that will they become embroiled with Russian gangsters Vladimir and Grigory.
But then Claude will do anything to hold onto Maxine.

Peopled with thieves, hustlers, gangsters, gun runners and pimps, Wrong Crowd is a slick and action-packed ride into London’s low-life. East End villains and the Russian Mafia collide in a fast-paced novel of deceit and criminal obsession that sparkles as it speeds towards its astonishing conclusion. 
OK, let’s cut to the chase. 
Why should I, the Rich and Handsome Movie Mogul, buy this book?
Because it will make you more.
More Rich or More Handsome! 
Never mind! It's all Good! 
Maxine, cut this man a check. 
Just leave the amount blank. This is going to be a HIT. 

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