Never Wave Goodbye came out June 1 from Touchstone/Simon and Schuster. When I read the premise in Publishers Lunch, I contacted Doug through Facebook to tell him I was jealous.
Never Wave Goodbye is the story of Lena Trainor, a doctor in New York's Westchester County, who puts her daughter Sarah on a bus taking her to Camp Arno for Sarah's first trip to sleepaway camp. Fifteen minutes later the real bus from Camp Arno arrives. Three other children have been similarly kidnapped and the book details the plight of the families and of the children.
Never Wave Goodbye is Doug’s first novel. He has worked as a photojournalist, non-fiction book and children's book author, screenwriter, producer and director.
What others are saying
"NEVER WAVE GOODBYE opens with one of the strongest dramatic twists I've read in a long time, but Doug Magee is truly just getting started. In this suburban nightmare scenario that brings to mind the best of Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay, Magee proves himself to be a powerful new voice who separates from the pack by paying as much attention to human relationships as he does plot twists."
- Michael Koryta, author of So Cold The River
“NEVER WAVE GOODBYE blasts right out of the chute with a terrifying premise and doesn't ease up until the final pages. It's a wrenching first novel that grips the reader personally and emotionally and makes one ask, 'What would I do in similar circumstances?'"
- C.J. Box, Edgar winner
I asked, Doug answered
A. What’s the scareiest thing that ever happened to you?
D. The scariest thing that ever happened to me was being caught between two warring factions who were shooting at each other in Portugal while I was working as a photojournalist. I had been so intent on the photos I didn't realize for a long while that bullets were whizzing over my head. When I did realize that, I buckled.
A. Mystery writers often given their characters fears or phobias they have to overcome. Do you have any fears or phobias?
D. I really can't say I have any unusual fears or phobias. I often fear for the state of our democracy, but that's different. I guess my mother is my mentor in this area. She was fearless.
A. Do you have a favorite mystery book or movie?
D. I love the Hitchcock film Shadow of A Doubt. It was written in part by Thornton Wilder and it draws its suspense from the complete normalcy of the small town life it depicts. Into this average world comes a snake and we, the audience, cringe at what might happen.
A. Many mysteries post a question. Does yours?
D. My book asks the question, "How would you react to a kidnapping such as the one in the story?" One of my non-fiction books was a book of profiles of families of murder victims and their experiences after the death of their loved one. I found the variety of responses enlightening. We never can predict what we'll do in the most extreme situations.
A. Is there a mystery of life you are still trying to figure out?
D. This might sound a bit esoteric or arrogant but I've figured out the major mystery in my life. For years I was perplexed, as we all are, by the nature of reality. Everyone sort of rolls their eyes when I say this, but I'll say it anyway. I now know that what we think of as real, especially our personalities and bodies, is an illusion, one our minds conceive, and that true reality lies beyond body and mind. I think that's a good place for a writer to begin. Understand that we minute by minute create the stories of our lives and the stories we put down on paper seem much much easier to come up with.