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MURDER CAPITAL

MURDER CAPITAL
By Stephen Nagel

GENRE: Thriller, Crime
LOGLINE:

In the developing metropolitan suburbs of Cape Town, a task force of misfit detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women found murdered by a methodical killer.

SYNOPSIS:

Ben Roman is a young, hot-headed homicide detective in Cape Town. He's got a good record, but struggles to work as part of a team as his partner Oliver Ndunu, six months from retirement, has never been interested in anything more than desk duty. Their world is turned upside down when a young woman is discovered murdered in a gruesome fashion off a popular running trail near an affluent residential suburb. When another victim is found four weeks later, killed in a similar fashion, the race is on to find the killer before he strikes again. The tough but empathetic Captain Mbatha does her best to lead her team of detectives to victory, but has to call in a specialist from upcountry. Enter detective Felix Wyngaard, intelligent, pragmatic but introverted, he specialises in serial murders.

This ragtag team of detectives must learn to tolerate one another and work together to find the Enigma Killer (as dubbed by the press). As the team experiences growing pains, and explores a range of leads, the mystery of the Enigma deepens and they soon find out just how far down the rabbit hole goes. The procedural nature of the story is driven by the characters, each focused on their own wants, while battling to identify and fulfil their needs. Inspired by classics like Memories of Murder, Zodiac and Se7en, Murder Capital is a slow burn, character driven procedural with intense mystery and moments of explosive action, which explores the impact of the case on the main characters. The story addresses internal character struggles, while looking at the broader social implications of a serial killer and how that may shape reality for the broader population.

Dustin Quinteros

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Dustin Quinteros

Sounds like a great idea. Solid logline, but isn't metropolitan suburbs redundant? "Developing metropolis" instead?

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