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Investing in Murder by Jim Gordon

ISBN #1-60153-165-2;
JAC #2012-0041

The Cast

  • HARRY MARK: A businessman, 40+
  • HELEN CRAY: Harry’s secretary, 20’s
  • JOHN RAWLINGS: An IRS auditor, 35+
  • SUSAN MARK: Harry’s wife, 35+
  • LIEUTENANT BURKE*: A Policeman, 40+
  • BILL JOHNSON: A Congressman, 40+

    *With a slight change of dialogue, the part of Lieutenant Burke can be played by a woman. The dialogue changes are noted in the text.


Harry Mark’s life is shattered when IRS auditor John Rawlings discovers Harry is embezzling his client’s money. Rawlings, faced with financial problems of his own, tells Harry he’ll make the incriminating records disappear in return for $500,000. Unable to raise the money, Harry informs his wife, Susan, they must leave the country. Harry’s body is found, an apparent suicide, but Lieutenant Burke believes it a homicide and Harry’s $5,000,000 life insurance policy the motive. Burke arrests Susan Mark for murder but discovers being right isn’t always enough.

The Setting

The present; the study/office of Harry and Susan Mark’s Manhattan brownstone.

Playwright Bio

Jim Gordon turned from acting to playwriting in 2000. His first full-length play won Colonial Players Theatre's Promising Playwright Award and was given a successful production at their theater in Annapolis, Md. Since then, his plays have won or been finalists in more than 60 national and international competitions and all have been produced. A number of his full-length and one-act plays have been published and his short plays appear in Smith and Kraus' Best Short Plays of 2005 and Best Short Plays of 2006. Gordon received the Alan Minieri Award for Playwriting Excellence from the American Globe Theatre in New York City. His university credits include a bachelor of science degree in theater arts from the State University of New York and a master of fine arts degree from Fairfield University. Gordon is a member of The Dramatists Guild.

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