Something to Die For

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Philip Cox

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Detective Sam Leroy is assigned to investigate three murders which occurred the same night, in different parts of the city. His lieutenant says they are unrelated, but Leroy is not so sure. He widens the investigation, eventually having to choose between playing the game or doing the right thing.



Short Summary

The story begins with three murders on the same night in different parts of Los Angeles. Leroy is at his partner's wedding when the first call comes in. He leaves to head to the first scene of crime.

The main antagonist is dead, but his associate has disappeared. Recovering from a gunshot wound, Leroy takes a call from his girlfriend's phone. The missing associate has stolen the phone and has called, just so Leroy knows how close the associate can get to him.


Los Angeles

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements


Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Sam Leroy

Age: 37

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Confident,Decisive,Faithful,Empathetic,Heroic,Masculine,Outspoken,Romantic,Strong Moral Code,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic,Skillful,Selfless,Engaging,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Ray Quinn

Age: 28

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Adventurous,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Naive,Masculine,Modest,Obedient,Patriotic,Selfless,Romantic,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Roman Perez

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Confident,Complex,Decisive,Educated,Leader,Unapologetic,Skillful,Blunt

Additional Character Details

Name: Preston Patterson

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Confident,Criminal,Decisive,Greedy,Leader,Manipulative,Secretive,Outspoken,Power Hungry,Blunt,Villainous

Development Pitch

This book is the first of four stories (so far) featuring LAPD Detective 3 Sam Leroy. Leroy will always follow orders, but will sometimes interpret those orders in his own way, even if that means challenging authority. A girlfriend features in two of the books, but Leroy's devotion to his job gets in the way of any serious romance. Audiences would find appeal in the relationship between Leroy and Ray Quinn, his junior partner. Such is the nature of their relationship, that Leroy's role crosses between partner cop, mentor, older brother, and surrogate father. In fact, Leroy has risked his own life to save Quinn's. A future book might show some tensions here. There are other recurring characters, such as Leroy's former partner, now his lieutenant, and the ME, with whom Leroy grew up. A film could be based on one individual book, but a TV series could take elements from all four of the books, over a period of weeks, revealing more about the main characters as the series goes on, maybe extending the central plot of one of the books as a story arc covering an entire season. This would also show the detectives handling more than one case at a time, and give the oppiortunity to show their private lives outside of work, and bring some tensions into their relationship.

About The Author

Philip Cox was born and raised in the UK seaside town of Southend on Sea, which lies forty miles east of London. After graduating from High School, he began a career in UK Banking and Financial Services, and spent the next decades working his way through the ranks, finally becoming a Branch Manager of a major UK bank. Philip left banking after the birth of his first child to be a stay-at-home father, and it was during this time that, in between changing diapers/nappies, he began to write his first novel, ‘After the Rain’. Now having written ten books, he is based in Hertfordshire, some twenty miles north of London, with his wife and two daughters. During his spare time (what spare time there is between school runs and writing!), Philip enjoys indulging his interest in Model Railroading/Railways. He is tall and slim, has a few grey hairs, and wishes he could get to the gym more often. Philip’s website is, and he can be followed on twitter @philipcoxbooks, on Instagram, and facebook

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon

Year Published: 2013

Hard Copy Available