Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Ninth District by Douglas Dorow - Character Interview, Excerpt, Review : Featured Author


Douglas Dorow is a thriller writer from Minneapolis Minnesota, the home of many thriller/suspense writers. Is it something in the water or the long, cold winters?

His first book, The Ninth District, was released June 2011.

He is working on the second in the series featuring FBI Agent, Jack Miller. He has also started another stand alone action/adventure thriller.
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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.

The Ninth District is approximately 74,600 words (300 pages) in length.

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“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.
When it was over, Jack was talking softly to himself as much as to his new partner. “Why did he kill her?  He hasn’t done that before. There was no reason to kill her. And what’s he asking her that she doesn’t know?” He shifted in his chair, raised his arms, and locked his fingers together behind his head. “Rewind it. Let’s see it again.” 
Jack got up from his chair and paced the room while he continued mumbling to himself. “For the money?” He looked at Ross. “How much has he been getting?”
Ross reflexively patted his pockets for his notebook.
“Junior, just give me a rough idea.”
Ross stared at Jack without answering.
“Agent Fruen?” Jack asked.
Ross nodded and answered. “He’s grabbed between five hundred and five thousand and a couple of laptops.”
Jack returned to his monologue and paced around the table. “So, he’s not getting rich doing this.” He stopped and sat down in his chair. “What’s with the mask? And why’s he robbing these banks? A drug user would still be sleeping.” Jack looked up at the ceiling and raised his voice so Ross could hear him. “Did you check out the casinos or the card room at the Canterbury race track?”
 “That’s one theory for the mask. He doesn’t want us comparing videos. I’m working on it, checking on casinos in the area.”
 “Don’t forget Wisconsin. OK, Junior, so why did he kill her?”
Ross didn’t answer until Jack stared at him. “I don’t know.”
“Well, what’s your guess?”
“I’d guess he killed her either because she knew something, who he was or what he was doing there, or she was at the wrong place at the wrong time, or just to do it.”
“Tell me about her.”
Ross pulled his notes out and paged back to the information. “Her name is, was Lisa Humphrey. She’s worked at the bank for eight years and had experience in different areas. She was there this morning to open up, get things ready for the day.”
“Did she have a family?”
Ross flipped forward a page. “She was married. The husband’s devastated. There’s a two-year-old girl at home and,” Ross paused.
“And what?”
“You saw she was pregnant. It was a boy. Due in about two weeks.”


Character interview: Special Agent Jack Miller is the primary character in the thriller, The Ninth District. He works out of the Minneapolis, Minnesota office and his specialty is bank robberies and violent crimes.

Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?
I'm a morning person by necessity and a night person by choice. The best time to try and catch a bad guy at home is early in the morning while they're sleeping, after they've had a late night. But I'm naturally a night person. I like the quiet of the house after everyone has gone to bed and I read or watch late night talk shows.
Tell us about your favorite restaurant.
My favorite restaurant is El Norteno, a Mexican place walkable from my house, run by three sisters. Great food and they're great people. We've been going there since we moved into the neighborhood when the kids were babies.
What makes you happy?
I love spending time with my family. I have a great wife and two younger kids. Seeing them reminds me why I do my job.
Who should play you in a film? 
That's a tough one. Somebody rugged and handsome.... Ha!
Who could play me? Hmmm. Clooney? No.... I think Vince Vaughn. He's got the right look, I'd like to see him in a serious role, and he was born in Minneapolis!
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I run. I'm a pavement pounder. I like to run along the trails that run along the Mississippi River, a couple of blocks from my house. When I'm running I just kind of let things go from my mind and it relieves the stress. And it helps keep me in shape in case I need to chase somebody.
Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?
They'd tell you I'm an extrovert. I'm the guy welcoming them to work, saying Hi, asking about their weekend, leading the way into a party. I don't embarrass too easily and I like to give everybody a nickname to match their personality.
What is the next big thing?
If you read The Ninth District, you read about the big case we just broke and how I had a little problem with my family life. I just want to get back into the normal, boring routine for a while. 
Julie, my wife, and I were talking and I'm going to save up some vacation and we're going to take a two week family vacation next summer at the lake here in Minnesota. I'm looking forward to just hanging with the kids, soaking up some sun, fishing, stuff like that.
But I have this nagging feeling that my writer, Douglas Dorow, may have some different plans for me while I'm on that two week vacation.
Lol….that’s so true of writers, isn’t it, Jack! They just love to torment their characters to no end!  Well, thanks so much for taking time out today to speak to me, and I look forward to seeing you again very soon!

Read my review on Night Owl Reviews.  It's a TOP PICK!

My Rating 4.75 Stars!!

Here is my conclusion:
Superb plotting, outstanding characterizations, and flawless editing; the author sets a benchmark here that other writers, especially independents, should strive to emulate. This debut novel certainly exceeded my expectations, and I hope Doug Dorow will grace us with many more memorable tales.


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Rebecca said...

This book sounds intriguing. I liked the comment by the author that he gives people nicknames to match their personalities. Oooh! I bet he could make a lot of people mad doing that! I'd love to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

mike draper said...

Sounds like an interesting read. Please include me in the giveaway.