Popular local author releases latest book

Douglas Schofield, author of “Flight Risks,” “Succession,” and “Time of Departure,” will be signing his latest novel – “Storm Rising” – at Books & Books on Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

This means that the writer will have to take a brief break from penning his next thriller, “Response Time,” which is due for release next year.

Synopsis: “Storm Rising”

It’s been a rough five years for Lucy Hendricks.

She has not had an easy time of it since her husband, Jack – a devoted and upstanding Bayonne, New Jersey, cop – was murdered while on an investigation. There were suspicions that he’d been involved with the local Mafia, and the media would not let it go, making life unbearable, so Lucy moved to Florida to raise her son, Kevin, who was born without ever knowing his father.

The distance was healing, but now Lucy is back in New Jersey to pick up the pieces in the same house she and Jack once shared, trying to move on. But the past will not loosen its grip on the young widow, and it seems to have taken hold of Kevin as well.

At first his behavior becomes increasingly erratic; then he begins making statements wise beyond his years, offering specific details about Jack’s murder he could not possibly know. Lucy decides to delve into the mystery surrounding her husband’s death, for her own sanity and for Kevin’s. She cannot trust the cops, it seems, and now the local Don has reached out to her, offering help in clearing Jack’s name. As Hurricane Sandy bears down on Bayonne, Lucy must trust her instincts to save herself and her son from much more than a deadly storm.

About the author

Douglas Schofield was raised and educated in British Columbia, where he earned degrees in history and law. Over the past three decades, he has worked as a trial lawyer in Canada, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. During those years, he prosecuted and defended hundreds of cases of serious crime. In 2013, after nine years as assistant solicitor general in the Cayman Islands government, Schofield returned to private practice.

Although he dabbled in creative writing for many years, “Flight Risks” was his first completed novel-length manuscript.

He has also written a number of screenplays. In 2004, he enrolled in an intensive screenwriting seminar in Los Angeles and spent the entire course sitting next to an engaging young actress named Drew Barrymore.

A year later, his script for “Time Out Of Mind,” a murder mystery/love story, took first prize in its category in the Fade In Magazine/Writer’s Network Screenwriting Competition. His next screenplay, “Succession” – a thriller set in New Jersey and England during the traumatic days following Princess Diana’s death in that Paris tunnel – has attracted serious attention in Hollywood.

In 2012, “Flight Risks” was reissued in the U.K. by MIWK Publishing. That event was followed immediately by release of his second novel, “Succession,” based on the screenplay.

Since then, the author has shows no sign of slowing down.

He and his wife Melody live on the island, along with their “most excellent and amazing talking cat” Juno, who kindly permits them to share his home.

For more information on this and future novels, visit www.douglasschofield.com.

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