Thriller Thursday – A PERFECT SETUP from Douglas Wickard #NewRelease

perfect-setup-200It’s that time again! I love Thriller Thursday, what can I say? I thought it was appropriate to announce the second Sami Saxton novel by Author Douglas Wickard.  Now on to the Q&A with Author Wickard…


1. If a world disaster was eminent, how would Sami Saxton prepare for the inevitable?

Have a Sami martini, frozen vodka right from the freezer, no vermouth, and call it a day! Probably, two!

2. How do you get into the head of Sami?

She gets into mine. Sami can be VERY persistent.

3. How would you best describe your genre?

Thriller, suspense.

4. If you couldn’t write suspense or thrillers, what other genre would you write?

Drama, human pathos.

5. What are some of the experiences that readers will face in your sequel?  Hopefully…tension, palpitations, an increase in their pulse rate!

One word association with your protagonist:

Dirt – clean
Devil – God
Aerobic – exercise
Predator – Smitty
Champagne – vodka
Fun – vodka, probably two!



A moment of weakness…an afternoon of passion…a brutal murder hits close to home…

The explosive sequel to A PERFECT HUSBAND.


“…Somebody might ask me what it was about this book why I couldn’t put it down. Boy, isn’t that the million dollar question that all writers and publishers would like to know. In this case, the words flowed. There weren’t grammatical, technical or formatting mistakes that made me stop in my tracks. I didn’t want to re-write a section. As a writer and editor, it’s very difficult for me to read novels because I always want to fix them. I want to edit, to re-write, but this was not the case and that in itself was a joy for me.

I also liked the characters. Mostly Sami. There was something endearing and actually humorous about her. I could envision her, I felt like I was in her head, she was written clearly and succinctly, and you were on her side. You rooted for her. When she was in danger, you’d find yourself telling her to, “Watch out!”

I became involved in the story, it took me away to the world of Sami Saxton for 2 days and I thank the author Douglas Wickard for transporting me to her world where it was intriguing, thrillingly horrific, humorous at times, and most of all, entertaining. Oh, and for the next Douglas Wickard novel, I won’t read the sample first; I’ll go straight to “Buy this book.”  ~ Bestselling author Catherine Burr

“…Smitty refers to his smile as his “greatest weapon,” and that’s ultimately what makes him so terrifying. His starting point for murder is not a brutal act, but a genial expression.

Assertive characters with distinct backgrounds provide a solid foundation for the story of a killer on the hunt.  ~ KIRKUS Book Review

★★★★★ “Up there with Jonathan Kellerman…” ~ Fluerwick Smith

“A killer performance.” ~ Frederick Brooke author of DOING MAX VINYL & ZOMBIE CANDY.

“…not since SIDNEY SHELDON has an author captivated me so…”   Amazon reviewer  




Sami’s back! And this time it’s personal!

The New York Times, Daily News and New York Post all hailed her a hero!

Samantha Saxton ‘owned the night,’ they reported. She was the victor, the quiet champion, the anti-heroine single-handedly destroying the career of a lethal serial killer stalking the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for six unremitting years. The disappearance of six teenage girls and the horrific details of their deaths received national, frenzied attention and Sami Saxton became the unlikely poster woman in all the coverage.

Sami’s attempt to find a quieter, less hectic life by moving to a cabin her deceased father built years ago in the remote urban township of Montague, New Jersey didn’t turn out quite the way she’d planned.

Returning to the City, Sami purchases a spacious, fifth floor, open-airy, glass-walled condominium on the Upper West Side overlooking the Hudson River…another new start!

But, that night continues to haunt her…in her dreams and in her life. The nightmares persist, vivid, ongoing and relentless. Posttraumatic stress syndrome paralyzes her, keeping her a prisoner in her newly renovated home. The anxiety attacks intensify and not even prescription painkillers can relieve the anguish.

Then, the unthinkable occurs. A young, female model is found brutally murdered in a midtown hotel. And, Jerry Saxton, Sami’s ex-husband, is taken into custody for the heinous crime.


~Early praise for A PERFECT SETUP

★★★★★ A PERFECT SETUP “It is a positive relief to read a sequel where the heroine doesn’t bounce back happy & into the fray.”

A PERFECT SETUP “…the final scene left me wanting more, needing to know. And, therein lies, for me, its brilliance.”

“…Wickard delves into the sordid reality and excitement of affairs, domination, submission, & abuse.” A PERFECT SETUP

“The novel does not shrink from confronting the realities of trauma and PTSS.”

★★★★★ “Certainly equal to and in my opinion even superior to its predecessor A PERFECT HUSBAND

“…the return of characters who’ve become old friends; the meeting of new ones we wouldn’t want as enemies.”  5* Amazon Reviewer


About the Author:


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Books: Amazon

Twitter: @DouglasWickard

About jchasenovelist

Published thriller author, criminologist, and blogger.
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1 Response to Thriller Thursday – A PERFECT SETUP from Douglas Wickard #NewRelease

  1. WPotocki says:

    Congratulations, Doug! This definitely sounds like another winner for you.

    Much luck and I know this will be topping the bestseller list soon!


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