The Last Profile (A Samantha Wright Mystery Series)
CRIME SUSPENSE/THRILLER ROMANCE MYSTERY
LOVE CONQUERS ALL/OVERCOMING THE VILLAIN
MINDHUNTER, MARE OF EASTTOWN
SAM - WILL'S WIFE AND A TALENTED WRITER AND FBI PROFILER. SAM IS BELOVED BY EVERYONE AROUND HER FOR HER CHARM, GRACE, KINDNESS, AND INTELLIGENCE.
WILL - SAM'S CHEYENNE HUSBAND. DEVOTED, PASSIONATE, INTENSE AND PROTECTIVE.
CHARLIE - A FELLOW AGENT WHO HAS BEEN IN LOVE WITH SAM FOR YEARS. HE LOST HIS FAMILY TO A DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENT AND NEVER FULLY RECOVERED.
THE SENATOR - AN AMBITIOUS POLITICIAN ALWAYS TRYING TO GET AHEAD. HE HAS BLACKMAILED HIS WAY TO THE TOP AND HE PLANS TO CONTINUE DOING IT. SAM AND WILL ONCE THOUGHT OF HIM AS A FRIENDLY FIGURE, BUT NO MORE.
THE DIRECTOR - THE DIRECTOR OF THE BUREAU THAT SAM CALLS THE ‘DICK.’ A DECEITFUL AND WICKED MAN WHO HAS LIED AND FRAMED OTHERS FOR HIS MISTAKES.
BRANDON - SAM’S “HEART SON.” A YOUNG MAN THAT SAM AND WILL LOVE AND CARE FOR. SAM SAVED HIM FROM A SERIAL KILLER AND THEY’VE BEEN CLOSE EVER SINCE.
TAD COLLINS - AN OLD, WEALTHY MAN WHO REGRETS WALKING AWAY FROM THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE. HE ULTIMATELY SIDES WITH SAM AND WILL AND PROVES TO BE A DECENT AND WELL-MEANING FRIEND. HE IS ALSO A FATHER FIGURE TO WILL.
JESS GRAY FEATHER – WILL’S BUSINESS PARTNER AND THE MEDICINE MAN OF THE TRIBE.
FRANKLIN RUNNING DEER – SAM’S BEST FRIEND ON THE RESERVATION, HIS MOTHER WAS WHITE. HE IS THE CHIEF OF THE TRIBAL POLICE.
CHRISTIAN SOARING BIRD – RUNS THE MEDIVAC SERVICE AND HELPED SAVE SAM SEVERAL TIMES AND IS WILL’S FRIEND AND HAD BEEN IN IRAQ WITH WILL.
SCOTTY DICKSON - OWNER OF THE LODGE AND FRIEND TO WILL AND SAM, UNWITTINGLY INVOLVED IN CHARLIE’S PLAN.
Truth and sin stashed for decades in dark corners. Five men, points of a star, connected by their Chicago beginnings, intersect and circle back to Sam, FBI Profiler and Tribal Advocate leading her down a rabbit hole of betrayal and lies.
Target Gender: Universal
Cheyenne reservation in Ashland Montana, Las Vegas, Chicago, DC
Based on a True Story
Sam hopes she is out of the FBI's grasp until a package comes with her gun, badge, ID, and a letter explaining why her resignation wasn't accepted. They want her for one last profile, one that involves her former boss Charlie Falken and her good friend Scotty. Nothing about it feels right.
The Chicago connection unwinds as the past reveals itself.Sam is kidnapped by sex traffickers,Scotty is caught in crossfire,Charlie gives his life for Sam,the FBI Director's secret is out regarding the death of Charlie's family,the Senator is corrupt, Tad shows stength and the Tribe saves the day.
Multicultural - Native American Reservation and Cheyenne Tribe
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Mature Audience Themes
Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity,Nudity,Sexual Abuse,Substance Abuse
Plot - Other Elements
Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Twist,Happy Ending,Other
Plot - Premise
Main Character Details
Name: Special Agent Samantha Wright
Age: Crossing over to 40
Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Faithful,Heroic,Leader,Modest,Sexy,Selfless,Skillful,Funny,Romantic,Sarcastic,Strong Moral Code,Charming,Engaging,Educated,Honorable
Additional Character Details
Name: Will Little Bear
Key Traits: Badass,Charming,Complex,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Heartthrob,Heroic,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Romantic,Skillful,Selfless,Sexy,Masculine,Leader,Honorable,Flexible,Confident,Adventurous
Additional Character Details
Name: Charlie Falken
Key Traits: Aggressive,Complex,Desperate,Heroic,Insecure,Masculine,Blunt,Secretive,Unapologetic,Villainous,Manipulative
Additional Character Details
Name: Tad Collins
Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Naive,Outspoken,Secretive,Sophisticated,Narcisstic
Life is going along for SAM and WILL as they had planned after the last case almost cost Sam her life. Will receives a FedEx box from his friend, SENATOR STOCKMAN, a Washington powerhouse. Will had saved his son in Iraq years ago. The Pandora’s box is filled with the threat of taking Sam back to work for the FBI once again putting her life in jeopardy. The contents of the box changes everything … especially for Sam. To arrange for her freedom from the Bureau, Sam and Will must join forces to prepare for The Last Profile. The case takes them inside the lives of Senator Stockman; along with DIRECTOR RICHARDS of the FBI, a much hated leader who uses his position to hide his corruption; Special Agent CHARLIE FALKEN, Sam’s former boss and intimate partner. Add Millionaire, TAD COLLINS, Sam and Will’s current employer and SCOTTY DICKSON another friend who purchased The Lodge from Will several years back. These men, five points of a star, have a connection to their Chicago beginnings where their pasts all intersect as well as tie back to Sam. Sex trafficking, drugs, murder, and corruption revolves around Charlie’s fall from grace. Worse, it brings out the truths about his murdered family and mob connections in Chicago while using the reservation as a base of operation. Immersed in her book-signing tour and their new security job with Tad Collins, Sam and Will find the price of her freedom will cost them more than they imagined.
ACTION, THRILLER, ROMANCE, DRAMA
Sam is awaiting the birth of her first daughter on her husband Will’s reservation. Life is simple until their pasts catch up to them once more. Sam is forced to investigate her old boss (and lover) and his past in order to find out why the FBI won’t let her leave. Sam and Will work together to get their simple life back before the birth of their child.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: GOOD
Accuracy of Book Profile
It is accurate.
Draw of Story
This continuation of the narrative shows further development in character which generates increased emotional investment in the characters achieving their goals.
Again the main character dynamic between Will and Sam is so solid that is can appear flat rather than integral to advancing the main conflict either in solving or creating issues.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is that Sam is pregnant and forced to go back to work for the FBI. The stakes are doubled because of Katie. This displays her sense of duty while the first story showcased her skill.
This has the potential for a medium to large fanbase based on representation, the unique setting and a mother protagonist as the action star.
This is unlikely to have awards recognition due to its action thriller genre which is generally not nominated compared to character dramas.
Similar Films/TV Series
YELLOWSTONE, TO HELL OR HIGH WATER, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, WINDRIVER, THE QUIET PLACE
What’s New About the Story
The ending is quite original in that the antagonist goes through a character transformation of sorts and saves the protagonist. Showing the complexity of Charlie more often could help make his character dynamics feel more nuanced outside his tragic past.
Sam is kind, brilliant and protective. Will is justifiably over-protective, cautious and balanced. Jess is trustworthy and loyal. Charlie is damaged and erratic.
Uniqueness of Story
The characters definitely feel more complex but their character dynamics and subplots can create uneven pacing in the first and second act.
Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming
WORK IN PROGRESS
The first and second act structure has uneven pacing compared to the climax and the third act. The first act’s conflict is not apparent until almost the second act because the characters are domesticated and there is little tension in their relationship.
Tips for Improvement
Making the main conflict of not being able to escape the FBI despite being pregnant more apparent earlier, the tension will be consistent throughout the three acts. Making the characters more active in the plot as well rather than just following clues or rescuing their loved ones after sudden violent attacks would help make them feel more integral in advancing the plot.
Pregnant and living happily with the love of her life, former FBI profiler Sam Wright has the simple life she’s dreamed of, until she’s asked to return for one more case. Sam and her husband follow a trail of conspiracies and deceptions until they finally uncover the dangerous and potentially deadly truth.
What We Liked
Sam is a great protagonist. She hooks the audience and leads the story with grace and determination. The case at the heart of this story is filled with unexpected twists and turns. Audiences will be on the edge of their seats. This project also has a classic thriller tone that's full of tension, drama, and action. Mix in a little passionate romance, and this project truly offers something for everyone.
Film: The structure of this book wouldn't need to change much in order for it to be successfully adapted as a film. The clear beginning, middle, and end lends itself perfectly to a movie with a satisfying finale.
TV: There are so many interesting characters introduced in this book. A TV show would give these characters the opportunity to really shine and grow through the seasons. Because of Sam's profession, it would be easy to create a show that revolves around the cases she solves. There would be tons of potential for future episodes, and a great protagonist leading the entire cast.
1. Great characters.
2. Action and unexpected plot twists.
3. Steamy romance.
4. Interesting criminal case at the core.
5. Strong themes of love and perseverance.
We meet Sam as a former FBI profiler, healing from the wounds inflicted by a serial killer and spending time in Montana. She is pregnant and with her husband, Will. She’s happy, but that happiness comes with a price.
Meanwhile, FBI agent Charlie Falken wants Scotty, the owner of the Lodge where Sam and Will spend time, to keep him in the loop regarding how Sam’s doing. Charlie guilts Scotty into saying yes using demons of his past.
In Montana, Sam is busy writing books and awaiting the arrival of her daughter, Katie. Will runs a tracking and guiding service. Brandon, who Sam sees as her “heart son” after she saved him from a serial killer, works with Will and learns from Sam. After years with the FBI, Sam realized she wanted more out of life and it seems she’s found it. Her publisher wants her to travel for her book tour though, which Will doesn’t like due to her pregnancy. They agree to see if they can work a schedule out that feels comfortable to both of them. Apart from the pregnancy, Will confides that he’s nervous Charlie will try something with Sam.
Sam prepares for her book tour, but Will receives news that the Senator they trusted to get Sam out of the FBI didn’t do that at all; instead, the FBI claim they need Sam for one final profile, and they need Will to be involved too. Sam and Will agree that they will get through this case together.
In a more lighthearted passage, Will gives Sam swimming lessons. She’s afraid of the water, but she trusts him. Afterwards, Will and Sam talk about strategy for their upcoming mission. They don’t want to go into the field or do unpaid work. When Sam and Will meet with the Bureau and the Senator, they make their demands clear. They want them met in a letter signed by the President. The Senator agrees to make it happen. Sam also realizes why she’s needed on the case: Charlie is involved and the agency wants to use her prior relationship with him to their advantage. It’s an emotional play. The Bureau accuses Charlie of sex trafficking and tells Will and Sam they must take him down.
Back with Charlie, he reflects on why he took the undercover job on this Chicago Connection case. All he wants is to get Sam back. He’s loved her for 20 years, and he doesn’t want to let Will stand in the way of their love.
With their demands met, Sam and Will head to the airport to start the job. Unbeknownst to them, the director and the Senator toast to the fact that they’ve found a way to get rid of Charlie. On the plane, Sam and Will chat with Tad about the case, and about how they’ll come to him if they have issues. Once they arrive, they rest and head out the next day for their jobs. Will does a professional consultation, and Sam does a book signing. They keep a close eye out for Charlie. They don’t see him, but they do ping his phone and realize that he’s in Billings (he’s going to check in with Scotty).
Tad’s building is broken into and damaged, which will set his plans back, but Will reassures him that he and Sam can help him put things back together. Will and Sam head to Sam’s next signing in LA, and then, after picking a hungover Tad up from Vegas, they finally make it to Chicago. While there, Tad reconnects with a woman from his past. Sam receives a file from a car accident to take a look at. Charlie requested it. He believes he’s finding cracks in the case.
After Sam’s signings are done, Will and Sam return home. They go to the Lodge for an evening out and to have a conversation with Scotty about the sex trafficking the Bureau accused him of doing. Sam and Will both feel like they know Scotty, but they have their doubts, especially when Sam starts doing research of her own.
Sam and Will dance the night away at the Lodge. There are men from Chicago there, and they seem to stifle Scotty. He wants to tell Will and Sam everything, but he doesn’t get the chance with the goons present. Sam and Will go home and share an honest and intimate night.
While Sam and Will plan a simpler life, the Senator eyes another political run and reveals that he needs Charlie taken out, because what Charlie has discovered about him and the Director could ruin his plans. He also reveals that he plans to turn Will and Sam into victims too. He can’t leave anything to chance.
Will and Sam begin working the case. They search for the link between Charlie and Scotty and dig into Charlie’s tragic past. Sam and Will travel to Billings to look into the car accident Charlie requested Sam take a look at. Sam is able to conclude that the accident was, as Charlie suspected, not an accident at all. It was purposeful murder. The man who was murdered was involved in a prostitution case. It seems everything could be connected and Sam believes that the man was Charlie’s informant, and Charlie was merely testing Sam and Will by asking for their opinion of the murder.
The SUV that was involved in the murder follows Sam and Will, but they’re able to shake it and escape unharmed. Will and Sam go home and collect more information about the case. Sam realizes that the Director actually caused the accident that killed Charlie’s family, covered up the truth, and framed another drunk man as the culprit. Sam makes the connection between Scotty and Charlie, as Scotty was the one who served the framed driver the alcohol. She also realizes that Tad is probably not involved in the conspiracy, but merely being used as a connection to Will and Sam. However, the woman Tad loved in Chicago did have a daughter, and that daughter was Scotty’s ex-wife. Sam hands out assignments to the team and is grateful for a moment alone with Will.
Sam goes to the Lodge to talk to Scotty, but she’s jumped by Charlie in the elevator on her way. He gropes her but she manages to get away. Back at home, she talks to Will and Tad. She tells them what happened, and she learns that Scotty’s ex-wife’s family had mob connections, as did the woman Tad left behind. Tad claims that Scotty has no mob connections though, and his ex-wife has protected him from the dangerous dealings.
Sam prepares to tell Will what happened with Charlie at the Lodge, but first, he goes outside to check on a sound from the porch.
Christian tries calling Will and Sam but gets no answer. He goes to check on them and finds Will out cold on the porch, with a bloody head wound and signs of a serious concussion. The house has been torn apart and Sam is nowhere to be found. Will, Christian, and the rest of the team race to the airport, assuming that Charlie has kidnapped Sam and intends to fly away with her.
Chaos ensues at the airport. The goons from Chicago are there and they’re threatening Sam. Charlie jumps in front of her, taking the bullet and dying in the process. In the struggle, Scotty is shot in the chest and taken to the hospital in critical condition. Sam is safe, but she’s traumatized.
Sam remembers her ordeal: she was kidnapped and put on a plane to Mexico. She and other women were going to be sold. Even though they were rescued, Sam knows it will take her a long long time to recover.
At the hospital, Sam learns that she and the baby are physically fine, but with so much trauma, she will need time to heal. Scotty also survives. Will and Sam finally go home. It takes some time, but Sam does heal. She gathers her loved ones for lunch and thanks everyone for what they’ve done for her. She feels better. She feels like herself.
In the end, Sam and Will discuss their thoughts on everyone from the case. Charlie left everything in his estate to Sam, including the lodge. The FBI finally accepted Sam’s resignation. All was well as the team met back up to dance at the Lodge. Sam gives birth to Katie. She’s healthy and perfect. Will and Sam love being parents and they’re just as in love as ever. Their lives are just like they always wanted them to be.