I’m close to completing a detailed step outline for a thriller, so far accumulating about 15,000 words worth of 3x5 cards, scene fragments, dialog, etc. Before I stitch it together into a full-length draft, I wrote the following “pretend” query letter, to test if the story premise works.
Of Time and Chance is an 80,000-word thriller.
At the height of the Libyan rebellion, an American oilman returns to Tripoli to help the CIA abduct a notorious war criminal; but when a terrorist bomb eliminates the CIA team, he must struggle alone to complete the mission.
I studied Journalism at the University of Alabama, and worked as a news writer for Knight Ridder. The background for the story draws upon several years that I worked in the Libyan Sahara.
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