Thursday, August 9, 2012


The year is 1957 in San Francisco. Sam Slater is a lifetime minor league baseball player for the San Francisco Seals. The Seals have just one more season left as San Francisco is about to become a major league city. The Giants are coming to town in 1958 and the Seals will be displaced. Sam has come to the end of his baseball career and is going to join the private detective agency of his best friend. When his friend is brutally murdered, Sam must go it alone and try to find out why. Along the way he is swept off of his feet by a beautiful Elvis-obsessed TWA stewardess named Amelia Ryan. Sam and Amelia try to unravel the mystery together. Sam’s best friend, Jimmy inadvertently saw something he shouldn’t have. Sam and Amelia have pictures in their possession that have crime families in San Francisco and Chicago very worried. Then a young woman Sam has been searching for is found dead on the beach. Suddenly, Sam and Amelia find themselves in danger. On dark and foggy San Francisco nights, trouble is lurking just around the next corner.

Sam Slater - Sam is the male protagonist in the “Last of the Seals.” Sam is a San Francisco Seals baseball player as the story begins. He is at the end of his career in baseball and is beginning his career as a private investigator. Sam is a tough guy and was a war hero in World War II fighting on D Day and at the Battle of the Bulge. The best actor to play Sam would be Jon Hamm. He could portray a man who is admired by men and is attractive to women

Amelia Ryan - Amelia is the main female character in the “Last of the Seals”. She is a TWA stewardess and has fallen head-over-heels in love with Sam. Amelia has helped Sam unravel some mysteries and has shown a real knack as a PI. Amelia is 25 years old, blonde hair and big blue eyes. She is often told that she looks like Grace Kelly.
I think Evan Rachel Wood would be perfect to play Amelia. She’s beautiful yet can be tough when she needs to be.

Vince Marino - Vince is a seasoned San Francisco Police Detective and Sam’s best friend. He grew up in a tough neighborhood in San Francisco and is known for his gravelly voice and tough demeanor.
Bruce Campbell, who stars in the TV series “Burn Notice” as Sam, would be a great Vince. He certainly could be an intimidating, hard-boiled detective.

Bette Steele - Bette is the missing young socialite that Sam and Amelia are trying to find. Bette is eventually murdered and found on the beach one foggy night.  Bette is trying to start her own life and escape her overbearing parents.
Kristen Bell would be a good Bette Steele. She is attractive, young but fragile. 


Jimmy Jankow - Jimmy Jankow was Sam’s best friend. They met in England while preparing for the invasion on D Day. Jimmy and Sam were planning to become business partners until Jimmy is suddenly murdered. Jimmy was like a big brother to Sam and would be seen in a lot of flashbacks.
I love Simon Baker who was in the Mentalist series and in movies such as “The Devil Wears Prada.” He is perfect as a blonde pretty boy who can be a tough guy. 

Santo “Fat Joey” Zito - “Fat Joey” is a mob hit man who is threatening Sam and Amelia, who are in possession of pictures that Zito wants. He will do anything to get them.
Why not get the very best. You want scary? You want an intimidating guy? James Gandolfini from The Sopranos


John and Kathleen Ryan - John and Kathleen are Amelia’s parents and preside over a large Irish Catholic family in their San Francisco home.
Brendan Gleeson, a great middle aged Irish actor, would be a good fit as John and
Blythe Danner would be good as the doting mother who is concerned about Amelia’s decision to delay marriage and children, so she can be a stewardess. 


About the Author:

Greg Messel has written four novels and three unpublished memoirs. He published his premiere novel “Sunbreaks” in 2009, followed by “Expiation” in 2010 and “The Illusion of Certainty” in 2011. “Last of the Seals” is the first in a series of mysteries which are set in 1957 San Francisco. The second book in the series “Deadly Plunge’ will be published around Christmas of 2012. Greg grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has had a newspaper career as a columnist, sportswriter and news editor. He won a Wyoming Press Association Award as a columnist while working for a daily newspaper in Wyoming. Greg also spent many years in the corporate world as a Financial Manager. He now devotes his energies to writing at his home in Edmonds, Washington on the Puget Sound just north of Seattle, where he lives with his wife, Carol.

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Admin said...

Thank you so much for hosting Greg today, Becky...this was fun to see and read!

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