When asked how he came up with this idea he replied, “While writing the book I decided it would be more realistic if I started with a floor-plan and planned the climactic scene from there rather than creating the building around the heist. So I researched and then designed a realistic building that would hold a bank and vault. I found it was a fun challenge; almost like a puzzle. I had put in all this time creating the floor-plans and I realized it might be fun to see how other people approached the challenge.”
Mr. Ostresh says that his biggest concern was that such a contest might be misperceived. “The contest is for crime thriller and mystery enthusiasts who are looking for an intellectual challenge. I look at it as bringing to fans of heist stories the same sort of interactive challenge that mystery fans get when they put on a ‘Murder Mystery,’ party.” The contest will run until the release of the book in October.