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Hometown:
Northeastern North Carolina
About Me:
Douglas Quinn is a resident of North Carolina where he lives with his wife, two dogs and four cats. He is the author of the critically acclaimed mystery and suspense thrillers The Catalan Gambit (2004) , The Spanish Game (2006), and Blue Heron Marsh: a Webb Sawyer Mystery (2007) His current novel Pelican Point: a Webb Sawyer Mystery was released in July 2009. His fifth novel Cornelius: The Orphan will be published in 2010.
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http://www.douglasquinn.com
Books And Authors I Like:
James Lee Burke, Carl Hiiaasen, Jonanthan Kellerman, Walter Mosley, Kathy Reichs, John Sandford, Randy Wayne White and Stephen White
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Bones, CSI (sometimes), the Law and Order shows and several reality shows: American Idol, The Apprentice, Last Comic Standing, So You Think You Can Dance and a few others. Never got into Survivor, The Amazing Race, Big Brother, etc.

Photos from Douglas Quinn's Blue Heron Marsh Book Launch Party


Douglas Quinn autographing books at the Blue Heron Marsh Book Launch Party on September 1, 2007.



Brenda Wynn, Fantasy Author and Douglas Quinn's Editor at the Blue Heron Marsh Book Launch Party


Kim Howell, Mystery/Suspense Reader and Invited guest at Douglas Quinn's Blue Heron Marsh Book Launch Party.


Kathy Sparrow and son Brian, special guest at Douglas Quinn's Blue Heron Marsh Book Launch Party. The book was dedicated to Kathy's husband and well-knwon Outer Banks artist, Frank Sparrow (deceased).


Excerpts from Douglas Quinn's Novels


Excerpt from Blue Heron Marsh by Douglas Quinn (available at www.amazon.com, www, barnesandnobel.com and many other online booksellers)::

My thoughts were interrupted when Amanda said, “I wish that damned car behind us would either drop back or go around us. It’s really starting to piss me off.”

I turned in the passenger seat and could see a vehicle behind us, following too close. “Has it been following that close for a while?”

“Just for the past few minutes,” Amanda said. “And the bastard has his high beams on. People can be so damned stupid and inconsiderate.”

As she was talking, I felt her accelerate. We were already doing seventy-five and I looked over at the speedometer and saw it jump up to eighty-five. The guy behind us not only kept up but seemed to be edging even closer. “What in hell is this idiot trying to do?” I shouted. Probably some damned asshole kid out on a Friday night trying to show off to his girlfriend or buddies. “Idiot’s going to get himself killed,” I said.

“Or us,” Amanda said, and punched it up to ninety, then ninety-five, then a hundred.

“Shit! He’s hanging right there with us.” I held up my hand to shield my eyes from his brights. It seemed like he was right in our damned trunk.

“Hold on,” Amanda said and punched it up to a hundred and ten. I hoped her engine was well tuned and wouldn’t blow. Without warning, Amanda slammed on the brakes and I was jerked forward toward the dash board. I felt like the seat belt was ripping through my chest and waist. Behind us I heard more screeching and suddenly the high beams that had been flooding through our back window were gone. Then, just as suddenly, I was thrown back in the seat, my head bouncing off the head rest as Amanda floored the Toyota and shot ahead.

“Jesus H. Christ!” I shouted.

“I told you to hold on, didn’t I?” Amanda said, laughing.

As I regained my composure, I twisted around in the seat, looking for the other car. I couldn’t see anything. “What the hell happened to the other guy?” I asked.

“Last I saw, his headlights were doing 360s in the dark.”

“Damn. Should we go back?”

“Fuck that,” Amanda said. “I hope the bastard’s in a ditch somewhere with his head busted open.”



Excerpt from The Spanish Game by Douglas Quinn (available at www.amazon.com, www, barnesandnobel.com and many other online booksellers)::

At the same time there was a knock on the front door. Jennie went to the front window and looked outside. It was the nosey neighbor from the previous night. “Probably wants to know if the damned police came out,” Jennie said to herself. She opened the door and said, “Hola, Señor.”

The neighbor ignored the pleasantries and said, “I see you had some security installed after last night.”

Jennie wondered if the guy had x-ray vision and could see into the bag of hardware her dad had brought in. “That’s right,” she said. “Dad is starting to install it now.”

The neighbor looked confused and said, “But the man that was here earlier already took care of it.”

Jennie, looking confused and alarmed at the same time said, “What man?” Then she turned and called out to her father, “Dad, would you come out here please.”

As she said it, he appeared from the back of the house, saying, “I think someone got in here while we were gone.”

“What man?” Jennie repeated to the neighbor.

He gestured toward the driveway. “The man in the white panel truck from Reliable Security–“

”Shit!” Jennie shouted. “We’ve gotta get out of here now!” Then to the neighbor, “Get out of here, now! Get away!” Then to her dad and Marie, “Get out! Get out!”



Excerpt from The Catalan Gambit by Douglas Quinn (available at www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnobel.com and many other online booksellers)::

Henry was boxed, trapped between two four-story warehouses. He leaned back against the brick fascia, his head thrown back, gasping for breath. He felt dizzy from the exertion and the hot stifling air. Try and think. He surveyed his surroundings. Trash bins stood against the back wall. There were no outside fire escapes or ladders. He eased himself up to the corner and looked around, down toward the entrance. The truck that he had cut in front of was parked at the curb, blocking his vision, also blocking vision into the alley. More trash bins lined the right side of the alley, all the way to the front. There were no entrances to the building on that side, but the opposite building had three doors. Hide in one of the trash bins? A possibility.

He looked again. No one had yet appeared at the front of the alleyway. Henry slipped around the corner. He wondered if he should just retrace his steps and get out of this trap. If Allweather and Timms see me, there's no way I can outrun them, he concluded. Try the doors first. He tried them, one after the other. They wer all locked. He went back and hammered on them with his fists. Nothing! Too much time passing. At any moment they were bound to backtrack and check this alley.

Henry stepped across from the last of the doors, the one closest to the street, and peered into one of the trash bins. He made his decision. He would bury himself under the empty boxes and paper, and wait it out. He grabbed the edge of the bin with both hands and pulled himself up, throwing his right leg up and over. He was hanging in that position when he heard Timms' yell.

He's in here, sir! We've got him!"



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Just Released (July 2009) Pelican Point: a Webb Sawyer Mystery by Douglas Quinn



Life is good for Webb Sawyer. Until he gets hit over the head in the Nags Head Pier parking lot. Until a mercenary from Columbia, and three of the Columbian’s friends try to kill him and burn down his house at Blue Heron Marsh. Until his son goes missing while trying to track down the killer of a university professor, a murder for which his son Preston is under suspicion.



When Webb and Preston’s girlfriend, Sunshine Bledsoe, work… Continue

Posted on August 2, 2009 at 11:54am

Intro to Interview of Webb Sawyer of Blue Heron Marsh by Douglas Quinn



Webb Sawyers Stilt House at Blue Heron Marsh, Nags Head, NC

This is the lead-in to an interview of Webb Sawyer by Douglas Quinn. Webb Sawyer is Douglas Quinn’s main character in his mystery novel Blue Heron Marsh. DQ thought this would be an interesting way to introduce readers to his book and characters. The full interview…

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Posted on January 29, 2008 at 2:20am

Douglas Quinn Invites You To Join Him For The First Week Of His Virtual Book Tour



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Posted on January 13, 2008 at 8:16am

Announcing Douglas Quinn's Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Douglas Quinn

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Posted on January 6, 2008 at 7:48am — 2 Comments

Just completed the 1st draft of my fourth novel

Five minutes ago I completed the 1st draft of my fourth novel: Cornelius--the Orphan. Since no one is around and everyone I know is at work, I thought I'd tell my Crimespace friends. Now for the fun part: editing and re-editing and....

Posted on November 16, 2007 at 5:13am — 3 Comments

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At 7:54am on August 9, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Douglas, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 7:28am on March 11, 2008, Douglas Quinn said…
There's more to Amanda than meets the eye. In fact, the whole book has that theme going for it. Re my novel, The Catalan Gambit, published in 2004, I was pleasently surprised when someone did a review of it over 3 1/2 years after it was published. If you have time, check it out at www.bookreviewsbycrystal.blogspot.com. What is the publishing house you're affilated with doing these days?
At 6:26am on March 11, 2008, DeadlyDeb said…
Doug,

Just visited your page and read the excerpt from BLUE HERON MARSH. I like Amanda already!

Deb
At 11:39am on March 8, 2008, Troy Nelson said…
Have a great weekend!
At 3:21am on January 28, 2008, Tanja said…
Hi!

I promise I will read the article as soon as I pass at least one exam (the first starting on February 5th and ending on February 8th). It's a miracle I even found time to take a look what's going on around here.... but that's all I'm doing for now.... just taking a look ;)
So when that mess is over I will gladly read it.
At 12:20pm on January 2, 2008, S D Fiennes-Clinton said…
Hi Douglas, Thank you for welcoming me to Crimespace. I'm hoping to have more of my work published in the future. Just have to learn to balance my time, like everyone else. I look forward to reading your work. Happy 2008. SDF-C
At 7:54am on December 27, 2007, Pamela said…
Hi, Douglas! Thank you for your comments on my post about my parents. I appreciate your kind words and excellent advice to use my feelings in my writing. I would have thanked you earlier but I've been offline most of December to focus on family, the holidays and my writing. I now plan to check out your page and learn more about my new friend and fellow cat lover! Have a great evening!
At 2:33pm on December 15, 2007, Troy Nelson said…
Have a great weekend!
At 10:59am on December 14, 2007, Lu Yi said…
Hi, Douglas, suspense is rising with the help of popular TV drama here. Some top suspense writers have become famous thanks to their works being adapted for such TV dramas that are later shown to the viewers
At 4:59am on December 13, 2007, J L Wilson said…
Hey there -- your town sounds like my hometown, which had 4000 people when I was growing up. I well remember 'walking the beans' in the summer -- what an awful job that was!
 
 
 

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