My story, the Trident, is a noir style mystery that takes place in the 1940s with a strong romance subplot. In it, PI Ray Allison is hired by Gwen Sanford to uncover the truth behind the mysterious death of her father, a businessman with potentially shady connections and plenty of people with a motive. At any rate…
The secondary plot besides the mystery is a triangle of sorts between Ray, Gwen, and Vera, the alluring witness character with a possible connection to the crime.
Ray is in his mid twenties, he has a typical middle class upbringing, went to law school and obtained his PI license, He’s seen a lot of terrible things on the streets of Manhattan, and with this newest case, he’s now begun to contemplate whether he should continue in the pursuit of justice or leave it all behind. Ray is generally quite compassionate, he takes his clients’ cases very seriously, and is a very meticulous and thorough investigator. This has given him a reputation of sorts. He also tends to have sympathy for people who are deemed lost causes. This is generally how he gets otherwise shady witnesses to cooperate.
Gwen is in her early twenties and come from one of the wealthiest families in New York. Her grandfather, Stephen Sanford Sr., founded an arms manufacturing company In the late 1800s that first took off in WW1. After the war, her father, Stephen Sanford Jr., took over and turned the company into an empire by the time of WWII. When he father died in an apparent car accident/suicide, she sought out Ray specifically because of his aforementioned reputation as a thorough PI. She and Ray had an instant connection that came into conflict with the investigation. She’s not exactly the classic demur type, as she does have an independent side and even a crime solving streak, but she Is rather sheltered, and definitely has endured her share of family drama. She has a very close bond with Ray throughout the story, and he often feels conflicted between his feelings for her and his desire to solve her case.
Vera is also in her early 20s. Much of her background is unknown at first, however both of her parents were murdered in a possible gang related incident when she was very young (this possibly plays a larger role in the later plot). She later fled the orphanage and joined the Trident, a secretive organization which may have been involved in several murders, including this one. As previously mentioned, there is much speculation about Vera’s actual involvement, if any, in the crime, and this naturally causes Ray to become suspicious. But Vera is also saying she wants out of the Trident, so he feels a bit of that protective nature as well. This leads to a very conflicted relationship for both of therm, since they cannot be sure if they can trust each other’s motives. Even so, they did form a unique rapport that grew stronger throughout the story, and there has always been something alluring about her to Ray besides her looks, something deeper that he can’t quite put his finger on.
I’m torn. I’ve even contemplated having an alternate ending.