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4.0 out of 5 stars So You Want To Write a Thriller!, 9 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The Ingredients of a Good Thriller: A Simple Guide to Noir, Cops, Gangsters, Heists, Badasses in Book and Film, and How to Make That Genre Work for You (Paperback)
Tapping into a market, surely, is this book which offers guidance in writing thrillers. The market is actually bigger than the generic term "thriller" suggests. You'll find tips here for writing -

gangster stories
cop stories
private eye stories
serial killer stories
whodunnits
heist stories
unlikely sleuth stories

Author Chris Wood serves up the guidance in small, tasty serves. You'll find things like "Boy Meets Nutter, Girl Meets Psycho" on the menu, and the dish shows how unexpected character revelations and unpredicted behaviour can add spice and relish to a story. The tone is light-hearted. Films and books are cited and an appendix offers some recommendable examples of each.

Chris Wood's knowledge, insights and perceptions are impressive. Occasionally, however, he overlooks an obvious strategy. He devotes a section to "The Sidekick" and identifies some of the sidekick's uses. He fails to mention, however, that having a sidekick on hand offers the easiest way of getting the sleuth talking.

Chris Wood is a writer and journalist living in Manchester, England. Don't assume he limits himself to analyzing what's on the British market, however. His knowledge of the North American market is detailed and comprehensive.

Whether you're a wannabe writer or a regular reader of crime fiction, you'll find 216 pages of good value here.
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