How to Write a Mystery by Larry BeinhartHow to Write a Mystery by Larry Beinhart

How to Write a Mystery

byLarry Beinhart

Paperback | July 9, 1996

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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--Edgar Award-winning author of You Get What You Pay For, Foreign Exchange, and American Hero--has 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--from Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane to Scott Turow and Thomas Harris--plus 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.
Larry Beinhart is the Edgar Award-winning author of No One Rides for Free, How to Write a Mystery, You Get What You Pay For, and Foreign Exchange. His book American Hero was adapted into the movie Wag the Dog.
Title:How to Write a MysteryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:July 9, 1996Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0345397584

ISBN - 13:9780345397584

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from MYSTERY ANSWERED This "how to" is a refreshing change from the mainstream material on the subject. Beinhart uses numerous examples throughout to make his points. The only disappointment perhaps is that the topics are not delved into at greater length. It is written in a straightforward fashion; the author never taking himself or the topics too seriously. And if your interest is only to read mysteries, you'll find the book chock full of titles and authors of the genre, some of which may be pleasant discoveries.
Date published: 2001-04-03