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Child’s evocation of the Dakota winter shows how well he writes Lee Child is justly famous for creating a compelling main character in the loner Jack Reacher and for building plots that turn the pages for you — and fast. In 61 Hours Lee Child shows how well he can create an atmosphere and a location. The frozen tundra of Dakota is the setting and it’s almost a character in the plot. After I read 61 Hours I went back to some...

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Thriller opening needs action

Thriller opening needs action


Posted By on Feb 26, 2014

A thriller opening needs action to grab the readers The most effective thriller opening hits the reader with action right away. It’ll hook them to the story, particularly if you make it clear that the action involves the hero who we’ll accompany and root for throughout the book. The best example of this kind of instant action is from Trust No One by the excellent Gregg Hurwitz. Gregg has the main character of the book...

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Should crime fiction writers figure out the details of their plot before they write? Harlan Coben doesn’t. John Grisham does. Robert Ludlum did, and how. George Pelecanos doesn’t. Unless he’s writing for The Wire, in which case the show-runner makes him do it. I plot out my novels in detail. But lots of top writers don’t. I think they should, and I’ll tell you why in coming posts. Essentially non-plotters...

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Thriller titles often seem designed to confuse prospective readers. Pick up a book by a well-known author, read the title which is something like “Better Off Dead,” and you’re likely to think: “Did I already read that one? It seems to me titles in the thriller world have moved away from any kind of descriptive or even tangential link to the plot or characters of the book. They have become in many cases an adjunct to the cover design....

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