Debra Dockter

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  • Deadly Design
    Putnam (06/15)

Debra Dockter is a two-time winner of the Kansas Voices Writer’s Competition in the area of short fiction. She graduated from Wichita State University with a double major in creative writing and psychology. She also obtained a Master of Science degree from Friend’s University. Prior to working several years as a child and adolescent psychotherapist, she danced for the Tennessee Festival Ballet Company and spent weekends being sawed in half by a professional illusionist. Debra currently teaches behavioral science courses at Cowley College and resides in Haysville, Kansas with her husband and three children.

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Deadly Design

Genetically engineered identical twins Kyle and Connor McAdams were born two years apart. Their parents figured it was safer that way, to increase their odds of survival. Connor was born first, paving an imposing perfect path for Kyle to follow. He was the best at everything—valedictorian, star quarterback etc. Kyle never thought he’d be able to live up, so he didn’t even try.

But when Connor, 18, suddenly drops dead of a heart attack, and Kyle learns of other genetically modified kids who’ve also died on their eighteenth birthdays, he’s suddenly motivated—to save his own life. Like Connor and all the rest, Kyle was conceived at the Generis Innovations Laboratory, where the mysterious Dr. Mueller conducted experiments on them. The clock’s ticking as Kyle searches for answers: who was Dr. Mueller really, and what did he do to cause their hearts to stop at eighteen? He must unravel the clues quickly, before, he too, becomes another perfect, blue-eyed corpse.

Due out June of 2015 from Putnam/Penguin.

Praise for Deadly Design

“An action-packed, page-turning thriller."

School Library Journal

“Twists and turns keep readers guessing on all fronts. [An] engaging blend of science fiction and survival.”

Kirkus Reviews

“There’s a lot here that will likely appeal to reluctant readers, and they’ll be eager for more.”


“This is a fascinating exploration of genetic modification told in a way that makes the possibility of a new reality frighteningly real.”


“Debra Dockter’s gripping debut is a chilling glimpse into the secrets hiding in our DNA. With nonstop action and a heart-racing romance, Deadly Design is a one-two punch that’ll have readers gasping for breath.”

Kass Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of "The 100"
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