This study of thriller writing is both an examination of the genre's continuing value and the best how-to book I've read. Written with a novel writer's craft, it engages and excites as it unpacks the mechanics of best practice with constant reference to books that set the example. You'll want to read, or re-read, several of them after you've been led to see them in this new light. Primarily the book's purpose is to set out a clear and precise survey of the techniques it is necessary to employ in order to write your own, with good advice that will carry you through to presenting your own manuscript to an agent. But it's much more. The arguments here, in favour of knowing what narrative structure is and why it connects with readers, are of value in themselves. I'd recommend it to writers of literary and other genres of fiction.