Christmas Eve Can Kill You

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1980s & '90s

William Marantz

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The season of goodwill is disrupted by a series of "terrorist" bombings. Narrowly surviving the bombing of his apartment, radio talk jock Val Virgo, who suspects the perpetrator's motive is personal, must discover the identity of the "mad bomber" before his unknown enemy catches up with him.


Suspense / Thriller, Comedy, Romance, Mystery,,Crime,Mystery,Suspense/Thriller,Romance

Short Summary

Radio talk show host, Val Virgo, is interviewing Inspector Angus "The Bull" Duncan about his lack of progress in discovering the identity of the "terrorist" organization responsible for the "letter bombs" that have claimed two victims when a caller fingers Virgo as the next target.


Winnipeg, Manitoba. (aka "The Christmas Capital of Canada").

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,,Other

Plot - Other Elements

Twist,,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Val Virgo (born Stephen Koenig)

Age: 36-42

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Outspoken, Complex, Engaging, Lone Wolf, Underdog, Blunt, Funny, Insecure,Complex,Engaging,Funny,Gracious,Sarcastic,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Abigail "Abby" Brown (young widow)

Age: 27

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Decisive, Naive, Strong Moral Code, Faithful, Outspoken, Romantic, Confident, Gracious, Heartthrob, Sexy, Adventurous, Beautiful, Charming, Crazy, Engaging, Funny, Seductive,Adventurous,Sexy,Confident,Crazy,Blunt,Selfless,Engaging,Seductive,Naive

Additional Character Details

Name: Angus "The Bull" Duncan

Age: 54

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Decisive, Leader, Masculine, Outspoken, Aggressive, Blunt, Honorable, Strong Moral Code, Badass,Masculine,Blunt,Decisive,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Patricia St. John Hogg (aka "The Girl Wonder")

Age: 27

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Secretive, Unapologetic, Aggressive, Aspiring, Manipulative, Power-hungry,Aspiring,Aggressive,Narcisstic,Power Hungry,Manipulative,Insecure

About The Author

Bill Marantz has worn many hats, costumes and disguises in the course of his various careers, which include practicing law, sitting on the bench, and freelance broadcasting. He has reviewed movies on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) written several radio and television dramas and acted in a couple of movies. He's written one novel, a romantic mystery thriller.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Jews, indigenous North Americans, and other visible (and invisible) minorities.

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon KDP

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available



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