Publication Date: June 13, 2023
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.
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.
FBI Special Agent Chris DiMeglio prefers staying out of the limelight while hunting serial killers. However, he’s under orders to allow a reporter to embed with his team.
To complicate matters, DiMeglio had originally brushed off the reporter’s tip regarding a possible connection between the deaths of prominent criminal defense attorneys. As the body count rises, DiMeglio and his team turn their attention to the latest serial killer.
The author includes an impressive reference at the end, noting the cast of characters, victims, and glossary of terms. This greatly enhances the overall impact of the story. The attention given to the investigative process is exceptional.
The Shakespeare Killer introduces a serial killer ready to match wits with the FBI, forcing DiMeglio to sharpen his skills before the body count rises.
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.
Doug lives in North Carolina with Carol Ann, his wife of 49 years. They are blessed with three grown children and four adorable grandchildren.