But in this ground-breaking critical study, the leading crime and film expert Barry Forshaw argues they are merely the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens or modern adventure thriller writers who are their equal - and while they may be hugely popular with the public they are ignored by literary editors.
In Guns for Hire: The Modern Adventure Thriller, Forshaw has written an unmissable guide to the writers who are underappreciated, and sometimes looked down upon -- but who need to be brought readers’ attention again.
And he looks at the best-selling thriller writers who have not enjoyed any serious critical attention.
In Guns For Hire, he provides an exuberant examination of a massively popular genre and a guide to the best thriller writing on the market today.
The book includes interviews with the leading writers in the genre such as Gerald Seymour, Steve Berry, Alan Furst, Stephen Leather, Andy McNab, and Chris Ryan.
It is a book no thriller fan can afford to be without.
“Barry Forshaw has a singular understanding of what makes this genre grab its readers by the balls.” Chris Brookmyre.
Barry Forshaw’s latest book is Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction; his other work includes British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia and The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction, along with books on Italian cinema, Film Noir and the first biography of Stieg Larsson. His next books are British Crime Film and a study of Thomas Harris and The Silence of the Lambs. He has written for various national newspapers, edits Crime Time, and is a talking head for ITV and BBC TV documentaries. He has been Vice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association.
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