How to Write a Mystery

How to Write a Mystery

English | December 1, 2010 (1996) | ISBN: 0345397584 | EPUB | 240 Pages | 2.2 MB


So you want to write a mystery. There's more to it than just a detective, a dead body, and Colonel Mustard in the drawing room with the candlestick. Fortunately, Larry Beinhart¨CEdgar Award-winning author of You Get What You Pay For, Foreign Exchange, and American Hero¨Chas taken a break from writing smart, suspenseful thrillers to act as your guide through all the twists and turns of creating the twists and turns of a good mystery.

Drawing on advice and examples from a host of the best names in mystery writing¨Cfrom Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane to Scott Turow and Thomas Harris¨Cplus some of his own prime plots, Larry Beinhart introduces you to your most indispensable partners in crime:

*Character, plot, and procedure
* The secrets to creating heroes, heroines, and villains ("All writers draw upon themselves and their experience. While the whole of yourself might not be capable of being either a serial killer or an FBI agent, there are parts in each of us that are capable of almost anything.")
* The fine art of scripting the sex scene
*The low-down on violence ("A crime novel without violence is like smoking pot without inhaling, sex without orgasm, or a hug without a squeeze." )
*And much more!

From the opening hook to the final denouement, Larry Beinhart takes the mystery out of being a mystery writer.


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