Mystery Monday – Who will benefit from “Carmageddon?”

Carmageddon. It sounds like an end-of-days type prophecy coming true. The reality? This coming weekend (July 16-17), they’re going to shut down a huge stretch of the 405, the major north-south corridor in LA, to work on it. The fear is that by doing this, it will cripple the entire city for a 48 hour period or even longer.

You can almost hear the thousands of keyboards being tapped upon by aspiring LA screenwriters to try to incorporate this event into some kind of movie script. But really, let’s talk about how much topical events play a part in the mysteries we read and write.

The Shining? Sure, it’s horror. But it’s also a mystery. And the snowstorm that cripples any escape from or help to the hotel plays a pivotal part of the story. The brilliant movie Insomnia, where the lead played by Al Pacino is chasing a killer in Alaska. He can’t fall asleep because there’s sunlight round the clock.

So let’s take this man-made event of enormity like the shutting down of one of LA’s major arteries. As we all know, you block an artery, you may just get a heart attack. So let’s take the movie Heat. Again Al Pacino, Val Kilmer and Robert De Niro battle it out on the streets of LA as the two latter actors rob banks. Shutting down the 405 would make it a parking lot, but so would the other routes around town when people would be trying to go north or south on the side streets. Guess who else would have a hard time getting around? The police. It would be easy for the bad guys to hit several banks along the 405 over those 48 hours, that is,  if they had a fast way to get around where they couldn’t be seen. Any ideas?

I can see the tag line now: Heat 2: Carmageddon. 48 hours. One closed freeway. One billion dollars. Ready, set, go.       


Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

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2 Responses

  1. Who will benefit? The Communists of course. But not for long.

    God help us all.

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