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Douglas Dorow is a thriller writer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
on Nov. 28, 2011 :
When I started reading The Ninth District, I was skeptical. At 131 pages(in the PDF), the book clocks in at roughly half the length of the thrillers I usually read. Bad news: it IS a quick read. Good news: The Ninth District manages to punch well above its weight for the entire length of the ride.
Enter Jack Miller and Ross Fruen: the age-old combo of the veteran and the rookie in the FBI's Minneapolis field office. The veteran's seen his family disintegrate and the current murder/bank robbery case isn't helping.
It's a classic formula, but Doug Dorow makes it work once more in this, his debut thriller--crafting sympathetic characters and believable dialogue that carries the story along.
If you're a fan of FBI thrillers without the excess detail of a procedural, if you're looking for a quick, easy read, if you've ever wondered what might happen if the Federal Reserve was robbed--then you need to check out The Ninth District.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)
on Oct. 01, 2011 :
The Ninth District is a well-crafted crime thriller skillfully set in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. The author, Douglas Dorow, draws the reader in from the first page with the introduction of the cunning and relentlessly focused villain known only to readers as “the Governor.” A great aspect of this story is Dorow’s subtle contrast between the lives of the Governor and the book’s main character, FBI agent Jack Miller, who sacrifices his own personal life to hunt down the Governor.
The Ninth District is a must read and smart thriller in the mold of Michael Connelly’s Black Echo. A fast paced interesting story - I highly recommend it.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on Sep. 02, 2011 :
Dorow’s characters are well crafted. They are easy to believe, realistic and sympathetic. FBI Agent Jack Miller is a seasoned agent paired with Ross Fruen, a young agent looking to learn the ropes. Their first case together is a tough one. One man, nicknamed The Governor, has robbed several banks. He doesn’t take much money and doesn’t usually kill but the last robbery he inexplicably kills a pregnant young woman. The Governor has a plan and his plan is much bigger than simple bank robberies. Miller and Fruen know that their time is short to find him and when The Governor starts targeting them, time runs out.
Douglas Dorow gives us a fascinating crime to figure out and immerses us in the scenery as well. I was able to lose myself in the process of tracking a criminal and become acquainted with the personal life of Agent Jack Miller. His struggles with family and job were very real. Dorow doesn’t create a superhero but a man with a family and a love for his job.
Some of the things I found endearing about Jack was his humility and his propensity to give everyone nicknames.
Fans of Crime Drama will be happy to welcome Douglas Dorow into the fold!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)