Douglas J. Wood
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“The Murder Accountability Project, a nonprofit that analyzes FBI data, estimates that there are as many as 2,000 serial killers responsible for the 185,000 unsolved murders in the United States. According to the FBI there could be as many as fifty active serial killers prowling for victims every day. Most of them will never be caught.”
A serial killer is terrorizing the streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans. The victims are found with their throats slit, odd symbols on their faces, and a wooden cross in their hands. Detective Rebecca Simone and her team are working the case and when DNA from a local man is found on a body, it looks like the mystery is solved. However, someone in Washington D.C. has been quietly observing, and he is not satisfied with the outcome of the case. Unable to remain an outsider, Special Agent Christopher DiMeglio packs his bags and heads down to an unfamiliar city and an unwelcoming New Orleans police department.
Full of dark alleys and urban legends of voodoo, vampires, and hidden secrets, New Orleans is the perfect setting for a killer to get away with murder. Blood on the Bayou is a gripping mystery with a shocking twist that will leave readers guessing until the very end.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"A determined, flawed heroine accentuates the knowledgeable portrayal of human behavior in the near-perfect plot of this political novel."
"Wood’s counsel…not only makes for enjoyable reading, but it also holds universal truths to which most parents can relate."
Tuesday, January 12th, 2021: Virtual book talk on DRAGON ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE MOON
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020: Book talk and signing for Doug’s novel, DARK DATA: Control, Alt, Delete
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
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017: Speaking & Book Signing at Fair Lawn Senior Center, Fair Lawn
Monday, November 20th, 2017: Speaking & Book Signing at Hunterdon County Republican Women’s Federation, Flemington
Sunday, November 5th, 2017: Panelist on book publishing at By the Book Conference, Clinton
Saturday, November 4th, 2017: Speaking & Book Signing at 55 Kip Center, Rutherford
Thursday, May 18th, 2017: Speaking & Book Signing at the New York Young Republicans Club, NYC
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.