Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Douglas Durow: The Ninth District Teaser

Thriller author, Douglas Durow, is one of nine authors featured in the Spooktacular Halloween Giveaway! Today he shares an excerpt of his thriller, THE NINTH DISTRICT, his favorite Halloween prank, and where the monsters were hiding when he was a child.

Douglas Durow
Douglas Dorow grew up in Fargo, North Dakota where there was often a coating of snow on the ground on Halloween when he went trick-or-treating. 

Today, he lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and writes thrillers. His first, The Ninth District, is available on kindle, nook, ibooks and smashwords.

Halloween Fun!

When you were a kid, where were the monsters hiding? Under your bed, in the closet, outside your bedroom window...

When I was a kid, I was very afraid of something out there that was going to get me. I was convinced there were things outside waiting to get me as I went from my friends house to mine. I made the trip at a sprint.

Your Halloween Traditions:
We always go out as a family and buy our pumpkins, carve them together and roast the seeds. 

Scary Movie Rules to Live By:
Never open the door when you hear the scary screechy music. 

Fave Halloween Prank:
The guy living across the street from us always has a fog machine going, sits on a chair dressed in a cape and hood among the tombstones in his yard and scares the older kids (the ones who don't dress up but beg for candy at your door. 

What would you do if some of the things we pretend to be on Halloween were really real?
I'd sleep better at night with all of the super heroes around. 

The Federal Reserve has never been robbed.

FBI Special Agent Jack Miller, pulled into a high-profile case to mentor a new agent, finds himself in a clash with the toughest opponent of his career. The chase culminates in the bowels of the city, in the storm sewers and tunnels beneath The Ninth District Federal Reserve of Minneapolis.


“Freeze it!” Staring out from the television was the face of a bank robber, a killer, in a mock salute. “What the hell? Is that who I think it is? Rewind it and play it again.”
“Jack, I’ve watched this ten times and there’s nothing there, nothing but that salute.”
“Rewind it. I want to see it again.” Jack pointed at the flat screen television on the wall and worked his thumb up and down against the imaginary remote in his hand. “Come on, let’s go, Junior. I want to see it again.”
 “It’s Ross.”
Jack glanced back at Ross and then stared at the screen, waiting for him to play it again. “Listen. The SAC asked me to help you. I’m here to help. Let’s watch it again.”
Jack Miller was in no mood for a pissing match with a new agent who had four months in the Minneapolis FBI office after graduating from Quantico. The Special Agent in Charge assigned Jack to help with this case so he could tell the media he had his most experienced agent looking into solving the string of bank robberies, especially the last one that had resulted in a murder.
Ross pointed the remote at the television and the video started again. “These bank videos suck. We’re bringing in video from the other cameras at the bank, the ATM, the highway traffic cameras, and gas stations within a two-mile radius. I know it’s the same guy.”
“OK, so what do we know about him?”
“He’s on a schedule. March, he hit a Wells Fargo branch in Duluth. April, he was at the Stillwater branch. I was looking for a May job and found one in Wisconsin after talking to the Milwaukee field office. This morning, as you see him here, he was at the TCF bank in Wayzata. That’s the June robbery.” Ross paused, inhaled, and audibly exhaled. “And no, that’s not who you think it is. It’s a guy, or a person, wearing a mask that kind of resembles a former Governor of the State of Minnesota.”
“OK, so we know what he’s done, but what do we know about him?”
“We don’t know anything about him other than he’s been robbing banks and wears a mask,” Ross said.
“Let’s call him the Governor. He hasn’t killed anybody before, has he?” Jack asked.
“Nobody has even been hurt, until now.”
“Play the video.” Jack Miller stared at the screen and watched the scene unfold a second time; he rested his chin in his hands, elbows on the table. He looked for details as he watched it again. 

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Spooktacular Halloween Giveaway:

With Halloween just around the corner, I've teamed up with eight other authors for an international blog hop. Join us in the Halloween fun while these talented thriller, horror, paranormal, and YA fantasy authors tease us, thrill us, and share their darkest fears.

This spooktacular event starts October 1st and runs until Halloween. There are well over 50 books to giveaway (mostly ebooks but some paperbacks as well) so there are lots of chances to win! 

If you like books that scare, books that bite, books you have to read with the lights on, we've got your Halloween scare covered! 

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