The Fourth Night by Mike Briock | Script Revolution

The Fourth Night



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Private Detective crime mystery set in 1940. New York Private Detective Steven Hawk arrives in Los Angeles, only to discover that his client has been murdered. Grave danger, mystery, smoldering seduction, and deadly vengeance ensues.

A private detective crime mystery set in 1940 Los Angeles. Charming, charismatic, dashing, and flawed New York City Private Detective Steven Hawk is sent to Los Angeles at the urging of his longtime secretary, whose niece has called for Steven's help. The niece's bank manager boss has been killed in a horrific car accident, and now someone is stalking the niece.

The niece finds herself in grave danger one night after she leaves the bank. A shadowed figure is following her. She attempts to elude, but to no avail. She only eludes the stalker after she hails a taxi. That night is dark, cold, and windy. She hears someone break into her house. She hides in the darkness, playing cat and mouse with the intruder. A startled confrontation ensues. The niece is murdered. The assailant flees.

Steven arrives in Los Angeles, only to discover that his secretary's niece has been murdered. Steven encounters hostility almost immediately from the two LAPD homicide detectives assigned to the murder, who threaten him and demand that he return to New York immediately. Being that his client was the niece of his secretary, which makes this case very personal, Steven refuses to return to New York, and decides to work the case. This does not go over well with the two hostile LAPD Homicide Detectives.

When Steven encounters Joyce Dorrington, the drop-dead gorgeous sultry torch singer (Marilyn Monroe meets Rita Hayworth) girlfriend of the bank manager killed in the fatal car accident, he finds himself in a very deadly and tangled web, and his life is put in grave danger repeatedly. Steven and Joyce have a smoldering chemistry and blistering sexual tension. Steven finds himself unwittingly pulled deeper and deeper into a complex and tangled web of blistering sexual tension, deceit, double-crosses, lies, murder, smoldering seduction, swindles, and vengeance - all which include Joyce, gangsters, hit men, con-artists, seducers, vengeful detectives, and an array of other suspects - all of whom seem to want Steven dead.

The Fourth Night has 7 film festival wins to date (latest 3/12/18), and a positive review in Atlas & Aeris Film Magazine.

Submitted: January 6, 2017
Last Updated: November 14, 2018

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The Writer: Mike Briock

I attended film school, which included a screenwriting course. I had always been interested in writing, and I strongly gravitated to screenwriting while in film school. I was determined to learn how to write screenplays the proper way. I have mastered screenwriting through the school of hard knocks... and hard work. I stayed with it, learned from my mistakes, worked very hard and long to learn the right way. I worked as a script reader. I also worked with produced screenwriters. I write everyday. I have four rules I write by... write, delete, edit, rewrite. I tend to write "clean and lean" screenplays which are fast read. The hard work has paid off to a degree. Four of my screenplays have... Go to bio
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