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A Killer Season

77,000 words  

LOGLINE:  The person who won the most money in the history of Las Vegas gambling was a decorated war veteran, on the run for his life from Dutch diamond  mobsters and the Witness Protection Program. He left Sin City with multi-millions from betting on baseball, but savage danger still stalked him. Based on a true story.


Coll Nolan, a young man who leaves the Marine Corps at the end of the Vietnam War, a decorated hero, with no job and no future. He has only one ambition: to win the most money in Las Vegas history betting on major league baseball. To do that he needs a bankroll to start him off, but he has no idea how to amass it.

A former Marine buddy offers to get him a job with his family business in New York City, a prominent diamond importer. The menial, but high-paying, job includes duties as a chauffeur and bodyguard for the company’s Dutch-born owner, Bartel Vandermeer. It seems to be work heaven-sent, but before long he’s required to perform acts that go far beyond driving luxury cars.

Coll Nolan rebels against his tycoon employer and soon must run for his life from hitmen who want him dead. They hunt him and find him, even under government protection in remote places. His Las Vegas goal begins to look like an impossible dream, unless he can get the money he needs and sharpen the gambling savvy that will prepare him to take on the casino experts in Nevada and, at the same time, survive the killers who stalk him. He calls on all his military skills to help him, and finds an ally in a most unexpected place. The support is welcomed, a turn of good luck it would seem, but like all Las Vegas bets, there are never any guarantees.

An additional long odds factor creeps into play: For Coll to fully realize his dream, he has to sidestep the death that threatens him daily for an entire baseball season, almost seven months.

Coll knows, one way or another, it’s going to be A Killer Season.


A Note from Pro Baseball Author Jimmy Keenan

Starting off in the 1970s A Killer Season takes you on an adventurous ride as the main character Coll Nolan attempts to accomplish his goal of breaking the bank in Las Vegas. Nolan, a former marine, must use all of his military training to outwit the bevy of criminals he encounters in his quest to realize his lifelong ambition. 

Well written with vivid descriptions, author Paul Sekulich brings this exciting story to life with unparalleled realism. With the game of baseball as the underlying theme in this thriller, Sekulich knocks this one out of the park.

– Jimmy Keenan author of The Lystons: A Story of One Baltimore Family & Our National Pastime