A WORLD IN TURMOIL
In the wake of al-Qaeda's catastrophic attacks, western democracies scramble to meet a deadly new threat...
A LIFE IN TURMOIL
For legal secretary Grace Palliser, the war on terror is just background noise. Twenty-four years ago, her father shot her mother and then killed himself. Today, Grace's life is a torment of nightmares, drug addiction, and custody fights over her daughter.
Being framed for murder is just about the last thing Grace Palliser needs...
But her accidental discovery of a vast international fraud triggers a cascade of terrifying events. Within days, Grace is running for her life, hunted by both the Canadian police and the American FBI. She flees across the continent in a desperate search for the evidence that will clear her.
Hot on her trail is a corrupt former cop with a simple assignment...
... to kill Grace Palliser.
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About the Author
Doug and his wife Melody live on Grand Cayman, along with their amazing talking cat, Juno, who kindly permits them to share his home.
The first draft of Doug's first novel, Flight Risks, was finished in 2002. But, as every author knows, "all writing is re-writing". The manuscript went through several revisions and several years of sitting untouched in a drawer before it landed at Hirst Publishing in the U.K., where the fast-paced thriller's potential was immediately recognized. Enthusiastic reader feedback has demonstrated that the publisher's insight was fully justified.
Doug has also written several screenplays. His first attempt was based directly on the Flight Risks manuscript. Although the final result was good enough to persuade a Hollywood talent management firm to sign him up, he and his new manager both realised that he needed a bit of training in the arcane art of writing for film. So Doug enrolled in an intensive three-day screenwriting class in Los Angeles. He spent the entire three days sitting next to an engaging young actress named Drew Barrymore. As Doug readily admits, this encounter was more than a little distracting, but somehow he managed to pick up the essentials. He entered his next script, a time-travel murder mystery called Time Out Of Mind, in the Fade In Magazine/Writer's Network Screenwriting Competition. It took first prize in its category.
Today, Doug's talent manager has become one of his producers (he has three). Two of his original screenplays, along with a screen adaptation of another author's novel, are "in play" as Hollywood's denizens like to say. And one of those scripts has attracted a five-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer to direct. But Doug isn't holding his breath. Why? Because, in Hollywood, less than one percent of registered scripts ever make it to the screen.
Doug recently completed his second novel, Succession -- a thriller set in New Jersey and England during the traumatic days following Princess Diana's death in that Paris tunnel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite Grace is a woman who has worked hard throughout her life, but things haven’t been easy, and lately she’s barely been able to keep herself together. When things start to fall apart, she doesn’t know what she’s going to do or who to turn to. The people she thought she could trust are disappearing one way or another and when she’s accused of not one but two (and later three) murders, she must risk everything she holds dear to clear her name. But men like Nader and Harvey are determined to do whatever they can to put all the blame on her so they can continue their evil plan. Flight Risks by Douglas Schofield is a book that will intrigue and amaze you. When the worst possible events happen in our lives, we all hope that we could react in the best way possible. Grace manages to get so much done and she is very good at overcoming the terrible things that are happening to her. She gets frustrated over the problems in her life, but at the same time she managed to do so much anyway. I was interested in the adventure and the crazy plots. I was also amazed by characters like Annette and Myles who did so much to help Grace make her way and survive. Flight Risks is the type of book that you really don’t want to end. You just want the story to continue, and it certainly had plenty of action, twists and turns right to the end. Overall, a really great read.
Incredible Read! Highly Recommended. To be blunt, I loved this book. Schofield writes with the easy confidence of a master and it's hard to believe this is his first book.Don't let the book's cover or title fool you; the story is about an international manhunt (womanhunt?) for Grace Palliser. Grace's already out of control life gets even messier, after her natural curiosity and sense of foul-play lands her in the middle of a fraud of international proportions. The more she finds out, the more Grace has to fear and that has her on the run for her life.Schofield weaves a story that is not only compelling to read, but a conspiracy-minded person might think that the fraud that is the backbone of the story is actually happening all over the world right now. You will find yourself being pulled into the story by its believability and won't want to put it down.Suffice it to say, I highly recommend this book. Don't be surprised if you see it on the big screen sometime in the future
Reading Flight Risks became my obsession. This was a thrilling, suspenseful, gut-wrenching adventure. I couldn't stop rooting for Grace and worrying about her like a dear friend. She's dangerously intelligent, strikingly sexy, and tragically human. She just can't get a break, but she never breaks down. It triggered many of the same emotions as did Silence of the Lambs. Douglas Schofield is my favorite new author.