GUEST BLOGGER: DOUG HEWITT, author of THE DEAD GUY

BIO:
Doug Hewitt was born and raised near Detroit, Michigan and now lives in North Carolina. Along the way, he did a four-year stint in the Marine Corps and earned a Bachelor oBook Coverf Science degree in mathematics. He has been writing short stories for over 20 years and has been getting them published for most of that time, with over 80 stories in print.

His stories have appeared in anthologies such as The Dead Inn and 100 Wicked Little Witch Stories. He has appeared in the premier issue of Apex Digest and has seen his chapbook, Slipstream, published by Scrybe Press.

He turned his attention to longer works and had his first novel SPEAR published in 2002. The Midwest Book Review calls SPEAR “a thrilling and deftly crafted novel.” After being remarried in 2004, he and his wife, Robin, founded HewittsBooks.com. In addition to authoring a non-fiction parenting book, The Practical Guide To Weekend Parenting, Doug and Robin teamed up to write The Joyous Gift of Grandparenting.

Doug returned to his original passion, writing fiction, and wrote The Dead Guy, which St. Martin’s author Lynn Chandler-Willis calls a “high-octane, pedal-to-the-metal ride through the criminal underbelly of the automotive world.” You can visit Doug Hewitt and read a free PDF chapter of The Dead Guy at www.HewittsBooks.com.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Jack Thigpen works in Detroit, nicknamed The Motor City, the perfect place for a fraud investigator who specializes in car insurance scams. He is on a case he believes is a typical, low-level crime, but it quickly turns into a situation with ominous international consequences. Ironically, as he is targeted for death because of his investigation, Jack is diagnosed with a fatal disease that is untreatable, a disease that will end his life within months. And instead of killing Jack, the hit man shoots Jack’s best friend. Struggling to come to terms with his impending death, Jack vows to track down his friend’s killer.

Jack plunges into the world of corrupt car dealerships, chop shops, and fraudulent auto repair shops. He is soon swept into the darkness of Detroit’s criminal underbelly to uncover the truth about power struggles within organized crime rings. Death is staring him in the face, but Jack doesn’t back down. He pushes ahead, plowing through perilous roadblocks planted by his enemies, propelling himself toward the finish line and a teeth-gritting, heart-pounding conclusion.

Why Write a Novel? What’s In It For Me?
By Doug Hewitt

The life of a novelist is hard. Yes, I’ll be the first to admit that I would rather write novels than do anything else in life. In fact, I’m not sure I have a choice. If I’m not writing creatively for a couple of days, I start getting this weird twitching in my entire body. It’s an itch than only writing a novel can scratch.

Still, it would be nice to know that the novels I write reach an audience. Yes, there’s the million-selling bestseller status that I’d love to find, but I understand there are plenty of rungs on the ladder that I should (and would) be satisfied with.

My latest novel, The Dead Guy, is a murder mystery about Jack Thigpen.
Jack works in Detroit, nicknamed The Motor City, the perfect place for a fraud investigator who specializes in car insurance scams. He is on a case he believes is a typical, low-level crime, but it quickly turns into a situation with ominous international consequences. Ironically, as he is targeted for death because of his investigation, Jack is diagnosed with a fatal disease that is untreatable, a disease that will end his life within months. And instead of killing Jack, the hit man shoots Jack’s best friend. Struggling to come to terms with his impending death, Jack vows to track down his friend’s killer.

Jack plunges into the world of corrupt car dealerships, chop shops, and fraudulent auto repair shops. He is soon swept into the darkness of Detroit’s criminal underbelly to uncover the truth about power struggles within organized crime rings. Death is staring him in the face, but Jack doesn’t back down. He pushes ahead, plowing through perilous roadblocks planted by his enemies, propelling himself toward the finish line and a teeth-gritting, heart-pounding conclusion.

And although I love The Dead Guy, I wondered if anyone else would enjoy it. Well, I just read a review that knocked my socks off. See, I’ve taken plenty of literature courses in college that study novels. And this latest review revealed aspects about my novel that I hadn’t been aware of! I mean, I love Tarantino movies, and this reviewer saw a resemblance in The Dead Guy to the style of Tarantino movies. Well, now that the reviewer mentioned it, I see the resemblance, too. But I hadn’t consciously tried to make the connection.

Wow.
Sometimes it’s nice to be an author.

Yes, The Dead Guy is a great mystery read. It’s a Motown mystery novel. To read the review that floored me, go to Roxie’s Random Ramblings.
Doug Hewitt

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