- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: A&C Black Academic and Professional; 2Rev Ed edition (27 Oct. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0713639210
- ISBN-13: 978-0713639216
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Writing Crime Fiction (Writing Handbooks) Paperback – 27 Oct 1994
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'The author analyses how and why crime fiction works and, if crime is your scene, this is the book for you.'
-- Writing Magazine
About the Author
H. R. F. Keating was born at St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, in 1926. He went to Merchant Taylors, leaving early to work in the engineering department of the BBC. After a period of service in the army, which he described as 'totally undistinguished', he went to Trinity College, Dublin, where he became a scholar in modern languages. He was also the crime books reviewer for The Times for fifteen years. His first novel about Inspector Ghote, The Perfect Murder, won the Gold Dagger of the Crime Writers Association and an Edgar Allen Poe Special Award.
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You absolutely don't have to be a writer to read and enjoy this book. The information herein could help the crime fiction reader enjoy and understand their favorite books, help them see where the author is coming from. So, in many ways, this is a must have on your shelf. It is a true classic.
I am working on my crime series and this book is an integral part of my writer's toolbox.
The pages in this skinny little book are yellowed but not yet crunchy. The print is tiny. A lot of the information is truly dated.
However... when this book is good, it's SO good, I consider it absolutely essential. Like "if I were stuck on a desert island with just ten books to help with my suspense writing, this would be one of them" good.
Yes. It's like that.
In fact, this book is SO good, I'm kind of reluctant to recommend it to other writers. It'll give them an amazing edge to compete with me on a more level playing field.
If you're working on puzzle mysteries, Gothic romances, or anything dark and suspenseful, snag a copy of this book while you can still find one.
This just happens to be in a smaller book.
Good basic stuff here for the beginner, but not the end all / be all for crime