This crime thriller tells of Coll Nolan, a young man who leaves the Marine Corps at the end of the Vietnam War, a hero, with no job and no future. He has only one ambition: to win the most money in Las Vegas history betting on major league baseball. To do that he needs a bankroll to start him off, but he has no idea how to amass it.
A former Marine buddy offers to get him a job with his family business in New York City, a prominent diamond importer. The menial, but high-paying, job includes duties as a chauffeur and bodyguard for the company’s Dutch-born owner, Bartel Vandermeer. It seems to be work heaven-sent, but before long he’s required to perform acts that go far beyond driving luxury cars.
Coll Nolan rebels against his tycoon employer and soon must run for his life from hitmen who want him dead. They hunt him and find him, even under government protection in remote places. His Las Vegas goal begins to look like an impossible dream, unless he can get the money he needs and sharpen the gambling savvy that will prepare him to take on the gambling experts in Nevada and, at the same time, survive the killers who stalk him. He calls on all his military skills to help him, and finds an ally in a most unexpected place. The support is welcomed, a turn of good luck it would seem, but like all Las Vegas bets, there are never any guarantees.
An additional long odds factor creeps into play: For Coll to fully realize his dream, he has to sidestep the death that threatens him daily for an entire baseball season, almost seven months.
Coll knows, one way or another, it’s going to be A Killer Season.
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Paul Sekulich is a thoroughly traveled writer who has lived in New York, Boston, Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Charleston, Norfolk, Raleigh, Stuart and Palm Beach, Florida, Manhattan Beach, and Los Angeles and Hollywood, California. He holds a B.A. degree in Theatre and Communications from the University of Maryland and Masters of Fine Arts credits from Towson University and the University of Southern California.
He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (now SAG-AFTRA) and the Actors Equity Association. As a former professor of theatre he has directed numerous professional and college productions, and has taught acting, directing and scriptwriting.
In Hollywood he worked as a contributing writer and script doctor for two, prime time television comedy series. (Cheers and Head of the Class)
As an author, he has completed his first three thriller novels, The Omega Formula, and A Killer Season. His third book, another Detective Frank Dugan thriller, Murderers’ Island, a Writer’s Digest winner for 2016 genre fiction. In the summer of 2017 (then titled Resort Isle), he plans to debut Murder Comes to Paradise, in the Frank Dugan detective series and an historical romance titled Martha’s Letters this winter.
He has written, acted in, produced and directed films, commercials and stage productions since he was 18 and has won awards for his work. He owned and operated The Limestone Dinner Theatre for several years and now teaches college seminars on novel writing, self-publishing, editing, and screenwriting for television and the movies.