Every week leading up to the June 23rd premiere of Michael Lawrence: The Season of Darkness, we're highlighting one character from the movie. Try to guess who-dunnit!
Name: Nicholas Sohm
Position: Police Detective
Played By: Terry Traynor
(Excerpt from the novel:)
“Another one off the streets,” his junior partner, Sohm, commented as they left the courtroom. He sounded satisfied, but Lawrence wasn’t.
“Until the trial at least,” Lawrence grunted.
“With the evidence stacked against him, he’ll need a miracle to get off.”
“Yeah, well, miracles seem to happen to the wrong people.” Embarrassed by bitterness in his own tone, Lawrence changed the subject by nodded to the phone in Sohm’s hand. “Good game?”
Though Sohm was too smart to miss the defensive conversational shift, he was polite enough answer the question: “Started off with the Sicilian and moved into the Yugoslav defense. Now she’s doing something that I can’t identify.”
“A classic, but still effective opening move. It was first recorded by Giulio Polerio in 1594 but the move predates him, of course.”
Sometimes Michael wasn’t sure whether Sohm was trying to show off, or simply didn’t know how annoying his casual date-dropping manner was.
He answered flippantly, “Of course. Still, I suppose chess is a better game than Dungeons and Dragons or Chutes and Ladders.”
He meant to be sarcastic, but Sohm, putting his phone away in his jacket pocket, said quietly, “‘Life is a kind of chess, with struggle, competition, good and ill events.’”
Sohm looked up at his superior, unblinking behind the oversized glasses he always wore. “Ben Franklin,” he said.
It was little things like that which gave Sohm a bit of a reputation in the office...
Terry Traynor is an actor, director, writer, stuntman, producer, and owner of Narrow Street Films. He's worked in nearly every aspect of film making and has produced numerous feature-length movies and short films. His next movie, Bullies: the Resurrection, is currently in production.
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