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Writing Crime Fiction (Writing Handbooks) Paperback – 27 Oct 1994

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Product details

  • 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)
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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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The book is great but the sellers rating is a bit suspect. This had lots of text underlined in red but otherwise as listed and is clean copy, no smells or
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I found this one more practical than most of the A&C Black How-to-write books. It helps understand the different genres of crime writing and offers many pointers which are useful especially for the structuring of the crime novel. This could be a useful book not just for the beginner, but especially for writers with some experience who are looking to branch out into the crime genre.
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I purchased this book for The Writers' Study and several members have read it and found it useful in their attempts to write crime stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for crime enthusiasts 13 Aug. 2012
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I was a little hesitant when I bought this book. In the end, it did come in handy with writing my series SEX, MURDER AND PARAPHILIA (Chronicles of Sodom) . I knew what I wanted and there was way too many books out there with the promise to deliver the secret to writing crime. As most aspiring horror & mystery writers would know, a good reference manual goes a long ways and I have to say, this book is fantastic! It is packed with the type of information any writer should know. This book is a course in writing mysteries.
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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old. Dated. Yellowing pages. However, essential for mystery writers! 23 May 2014
By Aisling D. - Published on Amazon.com
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To help understand elements of suspense for my current book series, I bought nearly a dozen books this week (including lots of Howdunit books). Many are excellent, but this one may be the best of the bunch.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not 911, but also not DOA. 7 Oct. 2013
By WR1T3R - Published on Amazon.com
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A rehash of a lot that is covered in many other books.

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
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book 21 Jun. 2013
By ChasingTexas - Published on Amazon.com
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More toward the beginner than someone who has written before, but I didn't learn a couple of tricks that I am sure will stay with me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 29 Sept. 2015
By douglas b sandler - Published on Amazon.com
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the information is to general and gives no clear information
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