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Great news to start the year.

I'm definitely starting 2011 on an up note and I'm unashamedly celebrating.

The Cutting...same book, new cover...comes out in the UK this week. Penguin UK is introducing McCabe to British readers with lots of great display in some of the top stores and supermarket chains.

 

Pat Conroy. Tami Hoag, Alan Furst, C.J. Box and Me! Pretty good company!  The Chill of Night will follow in July.  

A Brit friend found the attached display in WH Smith in…

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Added by James Hayman on January 5, 2011 at 2:12am — No Comments

George Clooney in The American: Looks great. Goes nowhere.

In the mood for a good thriller, my wife Jeanne and I went to see George Clooney’s latest star turn, The American. All I can say is don’t bother. While I

don’t normally write movie reviews, I do write thrillers (
The

Cutting, The Chill of Night
) and, as a

thriller-writer, I expect a thriller to have a plot. Not necessarily a great plot. Not even a good plot.…

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Added by James Hayman on September 4, 2010 at 12:37am — No Comments

George Clooney in The American: Looks great. Goes nowhere.

In the mood for a good thriller, my wife Jeanne and I went

to see George Clooney’s latest star turn, The American. All I

can say is don’t bother. While I don’t normally write movie reviews, I do write thrillers (
The Cutting, The Chill of Night) and, as a

thriller-writer, I expect a thriller to have a plot. Not necessarily a great plot. Not even a good plot. But at least…
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Added by James Hayman on September 4, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Yes, a Thriller Has to Be Thrilling. But It Can Also be Literature





A lot of people, but especially self-proclaimed book snobs,

create a kind of false distinction between thrillers (and other forms of

so-called “genre” fiction such as romance and sci-fi) and what they like to

call “literary fiction.”









Genre fiction, they say, is plot driven. Literary fiction is “character driven.”…



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Added by James Hayman on August 9, 2010 at 2:43am — No Comments

The Murderer Next Door: The Only Real Mystery is Why Nobody Stopped Her Sooner.

Like a lot of people who write mystery and suspense novels for a living, I regularly comb the news for true crime stories that might someday form the basis of either a down-the-road Mike McCabe thriller or

possibly a stand-alone. When I find one, I cut and paste it into something I

call my “What If?” file. When the news recently broke about the murders

recently committed by Dr. Amy Bishop, I thought to myself this might be the basis

of something…

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Added by James Hayman on February 26, 2010 at 12:39am — 13 Comments

Insomnia and The Fine Art of Writing Murder Mysteries.

Insomnia and The Fine Art of Writing Murder Mysteries.

Did you ever wonder what it takes to write a successful murder mystery? Or a series of murder mysteries or suspense thrillers featuring the likes

of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, Tess Gerritsen’s Jane Rizzoli or

Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski? One answer is not sleeping. Ms.

Paretsky once noted the secret to her success as a writer (or at least

one secret) was the…

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Added by James Hayman on February 25, 2010 at 9:27am — 2 Comments

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