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The Dark Side of the Far Side

I was fascinated by a May 4 article by CNN reporter Ashley Strickland.  In it, she writes about the competition among…

May 13, 2024

The Shakespeare Killer

By Douglas J. Wood

“The Shakespeare Killer is a new mystery from Douglas J. Wood featuring Special Agent Chris DiMeglio. This case is particularly sadistic and soon DeMiglio starts receiving texts referencing Shakespearean characters and a clear motive to “kill all the lawyers.” With the lives of so many at stake, DiMeglio is forced to play a heart-pounding, cat and mouse game to find the culprit and stop the killing.”

– Douglas J. Wood

The first victim is Jacob Schneider- a prominent criminal defense attorney. His death is ruled a suicide by authorities, just like all the other defense attorneys who have died recently. However, when Special Agent Chris DiMeglio gets on the case, he receives a tip from a local reporter who suspects these deaths are connected. Between the victim profiles, the suicide notes, and the unusual methods of death, it soon becomes obvious the FBI has yet another serial killer on their hands.


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Blood on the Bayou

"If you’re in the market for a fast-paced, well-written, tightly plotted police procedural that features a serial killer, crooked cops, FBI profiler, simmering racial unrest, a sultry setting, and plenty of twists and turns, then look no further because Blood on the Bayou has it all."

Charles Salzberg, Shamus Award-winning author of Second Story Man and Swann’s Last Song


"An absorbing, reality-based tale with shades of Sci-Fi."


DARK DATA: Control, Alt, Delete

"Wood…has a skill for tension, constructing powerful yet simple sentences which build the atmosphere whilst delivering snippets of knowledge, and compelling dialogue that raises the hairs on his readers’ arms."


Asshole Attorney

"Wood delivers an entertaining account of his adventures in media and entertainment law, where, he writes, he had to be tough but fair: 'Maybe to some I was acting like an asshole attorney, but it felt right."


Presidential Declarations

"A gripping read for political junkies of all partisan inclinations."


101 Things I Want To Say

"Wood’s counsel…not only makes for enjoyable reading, but it also holds universal truths to which most parents can relate."


Presidential Intentions

"A determined, flawed heroine accentuates the knowledgeable portrayal of human behavior in the near-perfect plot of this political novel."


Presidential Conclusions

"A sharp tale of government and terrorism fortified by an exceptional POTUS protagonist."

2018 IPA Winner, Political Thriller


  • Saturday, July 15th, 2023: Book discussion & signing at Pomegranate Books, Wilmington
  • Friday, July 7th, 2023: 5-star review published from Novels Alive
  • Thursday, June 29th, 2023: Book club meeting at Plantation Village, Wilmington
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019: Panel host discussing hacking and cyber security with two fellow experts, Manhattan
  • Thursday, April 19th, 2018: Speaking & Book Signing at Wyckoff Free Public Library, Wyckoff
  • Tuesday, March 6th, 2018: Speaking & Book Signing at Allendale Republican Club, Allendale


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    About Doug Wood

    Douglas J. Wood is the author of the award-winning Samantha Harrison political trilogy. In 2018, he published his memoir, Asshole Attorney: Memories, Musings, and Missteps in A 40-Year Career (winner of the 2019 Independent Press Award for Best Humor and Wit). In the following year, he added Dark Data: Control, Alt, Delete, a thriller about cyberwar and financial terrorism and winner of the 2020 Independent Press Award for Best Political Thriller. He followed that with Dragon on the Far Side of the Moon, a thriller that pits China and the United States in conquest of the Moon. His latest book, Blood on the Bayou, a thriller about a serial killer in New Orleans, was released in 2022. His next book, The Shakespeare Killer, a sequel to Blood on the Bayou, will be released in 2023. His other non-fiction titles include 101 Things I Want to Say…the Collection, a book of fatherly advice to his children and the best-selling text Please Be Ad-Vised: A Legal Reference Guide for the Advertising Executive, now in its seventh edition and described by Bob Liodice, CEO of the Association of National Advertisers, as the legal bible for the industry.


    Senior Counsel at the law firm of Reed Smith LLP, he has over 45 years of experience practicing entertainment and media law, often imparting knowledge gained from his career in his books. Listed among the leading global specialists in advertising law in Chambers, the Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers, he is known and respected worldwide and is a member of the Legal 500 Hall of Fame. He received his BA from the University of Rhode Island, his Juris Doctor from the Franklin Pierce Law Center, a Masters of Law in Trade Regulation from New York University School of Law, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of New Hampshire. Doug has been adjunct professor of advertising law at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law and the University College Cork in Ireland.


    Doug lives in North Carolina with Carol Ann, his wife of 49 years. They are blessed with three grown children and four adorable grandchildren.


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