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So if you missed December’s update here’s a quick round-up….
The Gumshoe Trail – a fleeting history of the American hardboiled crime novel from Raymond Chandler to Tony Hillerman. Read it here.
Thriller School – Calling all budding crime writers. Learn from the experts at the inaugrual Thriller Read and benefit from an exclusive Killer Reads discount. Click here for more information.
Avon Authors – The fanastic David Kessler and James Steel chat to Killer Reads. Click here for James Steel and here for David Kessler
2010 Sneak Peek – Take a look at what’s in store for 2010.
Desmond Bagley – Read about the father of action thrillers
Desmond Bagley was one of a group of writers including Alistair MacLean and Jack Higgins who contributed greatly to the modern concept of action thrillers.
With a career which encompassed many things form mining to journalism, Bagley became a full time writer after his first novel The Golden Keel became a bestseller. He went on to write 16 thrillers, most of them Top 10 bestsellers and he established a trademark style which featured ordinary men pitted against again villains with intent on causing global chaos. Bagley died relatively young at fifty nine, and his books have remained in print ever since. His writing continues to influence new writers in the genre.
Read an extract from The Snow Tiger
This November sees HarperCollins published a further selection of classic titles from Bagley’s back catalogue as ‘2 in 1; double action thrillers’. The titles available include:
High Citadel AND Landslide – Buy now from Amazon
Flyaway AND Windfall – Buy now from Amazon
The Spoilers AND Juggernaut – Buy now from Amazon
Wyatt’s Hurricane AND Bahama Crisis – Buy now from Amazon