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Dec 2017

Heartbroken for Bill Crider

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I was heartbroken to read this weekend that my friend Bill Crider has entered hospice care. He’s been fighting cancer for a few years now and I want to believe he’ll keep fighting it… and beat it. I treasure our friendship, which has meant so much to me in so many ways. He’s perhaps the […]

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Aug 2016

Writing Diagnosis Murder & How to Plot a Mystery

Posted by / in Diagnosis Murder, Mystery Writing, The Writing Process / 7 comments

The difficulty, the sheer, agonizing torture, of writing DIAGNOSIS MURDER is telling a good story while, at the same time, constructing a challenging puzzle. To me, the story is more important than the puzzle — the book should be driven by character conflict, not my need to reveal clues. The revelations should come naturally out of character, because people read books to see interesting people in interesting situations…not to solve puzzles. A mystery, without the character and story, isn’t very entertaining.

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Mar 2015

Mark Smith on Writing “The Death of The Detective”

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The Death of the Detective is widely considered to be one of the best detective novels ever written…and was a National Book Award finalist. It was a honor for me to be able to republish it this last month through my company, Brash Books. I’ve asked my friend Mark Smith to share the story of how his remarkable book was written.

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