Bigger Gangsters

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1960s & '70s

Aaron D McClelland

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Bigger Gangsters follows Denny's life during the summer of 1969, servicing a network of drug dealers and operating an illegal gambling club for a Vancouver mob boss. Life as a criminal isn't easy, and sometimes just staying alive isn't enough.


Crime, Action, Drama, Historical Fiction, Romance, Suspense / Thriller,,Action,Adventure,Drama,Romance

Short Summary

Denny operates two businesses; the joy business and the despair business; by day running a network of pot dealers, by night running an illegal casino. But he wants more ...

After the love of his life is murdered in a cowardly act of vengeance, Denny becomes the man he never wanted to be; a made man with blood on his hands.


Vancouver, British Columbia

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Tragedy,,Rags to Riches

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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

Main Character Details

Name: Denny

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Honorable, Skillful, Visionary, Criminal, Empathetic,Aspiring,Complex,Faithful,Leader,Underdog,Modest,Skillful,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Carrie Anne Gabler

Age: 19

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Empathetic, Naive, Selfless, Underdog, Sexy, Beautiful, Charming, Complex, Faithful, Funny, Heartthrob, Romantic,Charming,Complex,Empathetic,Faithful,Romantic,Naive,Sexy,Selfless,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Frankie Marrone

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Masculine, Complex, Adventurous, Badass, Crazy, Criminal, Empathetic, Faithful, Heroic, Aggressive, Skillful, Leader,Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Criminal,Faithful,Gracious,Leader,Uneducated,Sexy,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Vic ‘the Gentleman’ Ciccone

Age: 42

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Complex, Confident, Criminal, Decisive, Educated, Aggressive, Badass, Charming, Faithful, Honorable, Sophisticated, Engaging, Gracious,Badass,Confident,Criminal,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Educated,Leader,Masculine,Skillful

Development Pitch

Bigger Gangsters follows Denny through the summer of 1969 during his rise in the Di Napoli crime family in Vancouver, British Columbia. Denny has two industries that are making him moderately wealthy; by day he is in the joy business, running 72 dealers selling pot and hash to the growing hippie community, and by night the despair business, operating an illegal casino for the Di Napoli family with his partner Frankie Marrone. Denny and Frankie answer to Vic ‘the Gentleman’ Ciccone, their crew chief, but they must keep the drug dealing from him as the family is traditional and doesn’t allow drugs or prostitution in their ranks. Other than his secret income, Denny has two problems. The first is his desire to tap into the heroin trade that would increase his income tenfold, but the supply is locked up by Vancouver’s Triad, headed by the dangerous Mr Cho, the Triad’s 489, Mountain Master. The second problem is that Denny is in love with Carrie, the love of his life and a heroin addicted prostitute. Denny believes he can deal heroin and help Carrie wean off her addiction at the same time, and his plan may have worked if it wasn’t for the Dark Riders bike gang, who wants to take it all from him. A period action piece that lends itself to some of the most iconic music of the 60’s generation and features a tragic love story, Bigger Gangsters stands to become the American Graffiti of the crime world.

About The Author

Born and raised in East Vancouver, Aaron D McClelland is intimately familiar with the wrong side of the streets and alleys where the Gangster series took root. Aaron now lives in a sleepy little town in the Okanagan region of British Columbia where tourists come to die.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Vancouver organized crime during the hippie era

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self-Published

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available