With the prospect of a second world war looming, tensions run high and emotions are at the forefront as the plot unravels in this murder mystery script. Your audience will meet and question an international cast of suspects. All of them have a motive for murdering wealthy industrialist Peter Petulant, the owner of the Petulant Express.
It was one of the marvels of 1937, the new streamlined train owned by industrial giant Peter Petulant came to be known as "The Petulant Express." The train's regular journey between New York City and Chicago constantly attracted a passenger list of the rich and famous.
And, on this particular journey, they all seemed, by temperament, to be irritated and angry. Petulant himself was a passenger on the noteworthy trek, occupying his plush Presidential Car.
But, last night after a stop in Akron, Ohio, someone made a permanent alteration to the industrialist's career. For, his body was found early this morning in his private car by a porter delivering his breakfast tray.
Still holding a crystal champagne glass, and with his solid silver cigarette case in the pocket of his robe, Petulant appeared to have died without a struggle, the victim of an unexpected attack.
With a world poised on the brink of war, who would dare trounce a titan of technology, especially one with the foresight and connections of Petulant? And, where would the trail lead that would eventually end up at the feet of a killer? Only effective sleuthing and expert investigative skills would dictate the answer.
KID ROOT - Baseball player
The "Buddha of Baseball" was recently traded from the New York Taxis to the Chicago Wet Sox. He resents how he was treated by the team's owner, Peter Petulant.
FRANZ FASSMACHER - Bavarian brewer
His special lagers have made him a worldwide force in the brewing industry. He will be speaking to a brewers convention about his famous brewing process. Did his journey to America really have something to do with events in Germany?
CHRISTINE AGATHA - English mystery writer
No one knows where she gets the scenarios for her best-selling whodunits. Sometimes she personally tests the accuracy of her plots. She is currently developing the plot for her new mystery about a murder on a train.
THURM STROMAN - Southern senator
His patriotism dictates all of his actions. Who knows what he'll do when his nation is threatened? He is concerned that America's secrets are being sold to foreign interests.
TONYA FENNIE - Norwegian figure skater
She won a gold medal at last year's Olympics and is rumored to have signed a movie contract with Petulant's movie studio. She would be very disappointed if the deal fell through.
DINGO DUGAN - Australian crocodile hunter
Every zoo in America is vying for his services. Some people say his personality has been influenced by his favorite reptile. He is a big fan of American aviatrix Amelia Earhart and blames a problem with technology for her disappearance.
ARIANNA ALTAMONTE - Italian opera singer
No one can hit a high note in quite the same way she can. Her concert tour of the United States will enable her to see and absorb what is happening in all parts of the nation. Who will she be reporting to in Italy?
FRANCINE COOPER - Fashion designer
Her fashions receive rave reviews around the world. The new fall line is ready to be unveiled. She never knew her father, but became a success with the backing of Petulant.
DETECTIVE LAW - Law enforcer assigned to the case
He is an experienced member of the Chicago Police Department with an instinct for identifying who's telling the truth and who's lying.
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