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Thrillers

What? Spoilers Enhance a Mystery or Thriller?

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.14.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

For mystery, suspense and thriller novels, viewing the plot as "(almost) irrelevant" seems an extraordinary stretch. Frankly, I find that conclusion preposterous.

Thrillers Boost the Film Industry: A Conversation With Festival Director Bruno Barde in Beaune

Karin Badt | Posted 04.06.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

I trust Barde's recommendations. He is not only the director of the Beaune International Thriller Festival, but five other festivals, including Deauville and Marrakesh. As such, he personally watches over l000 films a year, to choose the selection for each festival.

The Spy Who Bugged Me

Keith Thomson | Posted 02.26.2014 | Books
Keith Thomson

The experience gave me the idea for a story: A national security reporter discovers that a subminiature electronic device is implanted in his head. He investigates, propelling him into a life-or-death struggle with the spy who'd bugged him.

Books I Can't Wait to Read in 2014

Wendy Webb | Posted 03.11.2014 | Books
Wendy Webb

I love suspense and mystery novels, and I'm really excited about several that are set to be released in 2014. Here's a list of some of the ones that I'm most looking forward to.

Dude reads like a lady

Roz Warren | Posted 03.11.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

As he handed me his library card, I waited for the disclaimer. Sure enough, he announced, "These aren't for me. They're for my wife."

Your Brain on Books

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.08.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I was fascinated by an article dated January 4, 2014 in the Science section of The Independent, a British newspaper. The article noted research done...

Writer to Writer: A Conversation With Jon Land

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.15.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Jon Land is a prolific author who has written 40 novels. Jon's most recent novel, The Tenth Circle, involves terrorist attacks on the U.S, masterminded by a vicious cabal.

An Espionage Thriller Set in World War I Era: An Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winner Robert Olen Butler on His New Novel The Star of Istanbul

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 01.26.2014 | Books
R. Clifton Spargo

I caught up with Butler, shortly after he'd received the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. We talked about his views on the place of popular culture in his literary fiction, on journalists and espionage, on his cats and hobbies, and on why the genre of the thriller speaks so readily to our contemporary imagination.

Film Director John Sayles Is Back With Go for Sisters: Thriller or Female Buddy Movie?

Penelope Andrew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

It's the performances that make this film work. Most are good, some superb.

The Magic of a Novel

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.30.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Artfully written, a novel can make you leave behind your world -- at least for the hours you spend reading -- and enter the one unfolding on the pages before you.

Writer to Writer: A Conversation With Barry Eisler

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.24.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Barry Eisler is the best-selling author of two thriller series, one featuring John Rain, a half-Japanese, half-American former soldier turned freelance assassin; and another featuring black ops soldier Ben Treven.

Why Crime-Thriller Fiction

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.12.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

They always say write what you know, but I prefer to write what I love. And they always say, write the kind of book you would love to read. So, I write crime fiction.

One Part Noir, One Part Snuff, One Part La Lohan

Jill Di Donato | Posted 10.05.2013 | Entertainment
Jill Di Donato

Voyeurism is a necessary ingredient for all thrillers, but in The Canyons, with all the hoopla about its stars, the project itself begs the question: is this low-budget train wreck a filmic version of reality TV or cinematic verite at its finest? I don't really care.

7 Thrillers You Need To Read This Summer

Posted 07.23.2013 | Books

Karin Slaughter's new book, Unseen, came out earlier this month, and in honor of that, she shared her top thriller reads for the summer with us. E...

A Talk With Steve Berry

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.10.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Steve Berry is the highly acclaimed, bestselling author of historical thrillers, including the Cotton Malone adventure series.

Physics Can Be Fatal: A Talk With Elissa Grodin

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.07.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Elissa Grodin's father founded AMC Theaters and invented multiplex and megaplex movie theaters. She has an extensive background in film. Elissa studie...

Lost in Front of Our Eyes

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 08.04.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

I've called S.J. Bolton the Queen before and I proclaim it again: Bolton rules the world of psychological thrillers. She presents the evidence, year a...

What We Talk About When We (Don't) Talk About Race

Stuart Connelly | Posted 04.23.2013 | Entertainment
Stuart Connelly

I've just finished shooting my first feature film, The Suspect, a psychological thriller designed to entertain the audience -- but I fully understand that it owes its very existence to the ongoing problem of race relations in America.

The Art Of The Cliffhanger

J.E. Fishman | Posted 03.16.2013 | Books
J.E. Fishman

Every genre novel is a novel of suspense. The literary novelist desires the reader to ask, "What does it mean?" The genre novelist wishes more than anything to hear the reader ask, "And then what happened?"

On Writing Action

Karen Dionne | Posted 03.05.2013 | Books
Karen Dionne

I love writing action. As a thriller writer, I get to blow things up, burn things down, and get all the meanness out of my system and onto the page.

Does Being Famous Mean You Don't Have to Write Well?

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.24.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

The Intercept reads like a first draft, or as if nobody bothered to edit it carefully, because, well, he's Dick Wolf.

Writers Who 'Thrill' Me: Vince Flynn, Lee Childs, Nelson DeMille and Patricia Cornwell

Liz Smith | Posted 12.03.2012 | Books
Liz Smith

I love reading thrillers. As you might know, Lee Childs of the Jack Reacher series is my current crush and soon we will be seeing Tom Cruise playing him in the movies.

Six Characters in Search of a Stenographer: Where Writers Get Their Ideas

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 12.23.2012 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

Good writers do not channel in from some higher plain, they are simply human creatures who have a talent for expression and a talent, as Noel Coward would have said, to amuse. Everything they write is an expression of their selfs.

For Readers Drowning in E-Books, Author Collectives Offer a Lifeline

Karen Dionne | Posted 11.17.2012 | Books
Karen Dionne

In an ocean of self-published titles, two questions keep bobbing to the surface: How can readers find quality e-books, and how can authors of quality e-books find readers?

The Lincoln Conspiracy

Posted 09.10.2012 | Books

The following is the first chapter of "The Lincoln Conspiracy" (Ballantine Books, $26), a new historical thriller by Timothy L. O'Brien, Executive Edi...