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The Elements of Mystery Fiction : Writing the Modern Whodunit
The Elements of Mystery Fiction: Writing the Modern Whonunit has guided and inspied mystery writers?veterans as well as beginners-- for nearly a decade. Here William G. Tapply, with more than 20 popular mystery and suspense novels under his belt, isolates the crucial "elements" of the mystery novels that publishers want to publish and readers want to read--original plots, clever clues, sympathetic sleuths, memorable villains, multi-dimensional supporting characters, true-to-life settings, sharp narrative hooks, and, of course, smooth writing. In clear readable prose using examples from many of our best contemporary mystery novelists, Tapply shows how the writer can create the pieces and fit them together to make a story you can?t put down. This new expanded edition of Elements contains original chapters by some of our best contemporary writers and most prominent personalities in the publishing world discussing writing and business issues that are vital to mystery writers in the 21st century.
Anyone who cares about the craft of writing will welcome William G. Tapply's The Elements of Mystery Fiction: Writing the Modern Whodunit, a revised and expanded edition of his 1995 classic. The creator of the Brady Coyne series offers sound advice to the aspiring author in part one, while in the all-new part two such mystery savants as Barbara Peters and Otto Penzler share their expertise on such topics as editing, publishing and bookselling. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Poisoned Pen Press
October 01, 2006
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