Guess the Plot
Past and Present
1. Detective Duncan keeps getting anonymous tips that pan out. Turns out the tips are coming from a guy named Hugh who claims he's from the future so he knows everything that will happen in the present because it's his past. Duncan offers to hook Hugh up with a good shrink.
2. As a nonogenarian wraps Christmas gifts for each of her relatives, she reflects on things they and others have done to annoy her over the course of her long life.
3. Tired of being a vampire, Jason travels back 500 years in order to prevent himself from turning into one . . . and gets bitten by a werewolf.
4. A Vermont coven of witches discover how to travel into the past as ghosts. They decide to right the wrongs of New England’s past by building goodwill for witches, but they also break a barrier holding back a clutch of demons. As the witches right wrongs, the demons wreak havoc and frame the witches.
5. When Lars Sekkin, first pilot of a new time machine, goes back 50 years into the past, everyone thinks he'll return quickly. Instead he falls in love, and stays in the past. Only one problem remains: How do you explain to everyone else that you are your own grandfather?
6. Bertrand is a Newvisioner; he revises media in the National Database to fit current ideology. The mind-erase technology used in his programmings leaves dozens of versions of historical events in his brain. When his psyche splits, Bertrand goes on a rampage, impersonating history's greatest assassins.
When Detective Scotty Duncan starts receiving tips on his answering machine, his first thought is that some nut job out there likes him, because every tip leads to an arrest. But when his tipster [A cop would say "informant." "Tipster" doesn't sound macho enough. Likewise, the villain would be referred to as the "perp," not the "bad guy."] calls in [Reports? Predicts?] a murder with a few too many details, he tracks down the man as a suspect. He finds Hugh Everett, a young man who claims he’s from the future. [If someone claims to be from the future, it's almost certainly true. How many people who aren't from the future are stupid enough to think you'll believe them if they claim they are?]
Everett has an alibi for the murder, [The alibi "I was in the year 2238" will wash only with the most gullible of cops.] and a warning for Duncan. The murderer, according to Everett, will kill four more people before disappearing. And one of them is Duncan. [The guy came from the future to save four people? Why didn't he come to a slightly earlier time and save the latest victim too? For that matter, why isn't he trying to save thousands or millions of people instead of four?] [Unless . . . Of course! The murderer is also from the future and Everett is on a mission to prevent the murderer from killing Duncan because Duncan's as-yet-unborn child's grandchild cures cancer or invents a Beagle that doesn't puke up its dinner on the new carpet.]
Armed with his revolver, his coffee-addict partner, and a whole lot of skepticism, Duncan sets out to uncover the murderer…and maybe get some psychiatric help for Everett.
Presumably this is not the entire query, and you thought we'd be bored with the word count and genre. Or you just didn't want to listen to comments like Your book is too long or Your book is too short, or That doesn't sound anything like an epic fantasy.
This situation sparks my interest, but I want more than the setup. I'm guessing there comes a time when Duncan realizes Everett is on the level. What happens then? What screws up the plan? You have room to tell us more than the situation.
What are these tips Everett is providing that lead to arrests? Are they for lesser crimes than murder? Did he come from the future to prevent a mugging? If I want to convince you I have advance knowledge, I'm not gonna tell you Mrs. Smith will have her purse snatched tomorrow. I'll tell you the Cubs and Yankees will play a 15-inning game with a final score of 8 - 6, and then I'll throw in the exact scores of every other game that day. And I'll bring along a copy of next Thursday's New York Times.
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