A collection of author profiles and information will help students learn about some of the most successful writers of our time—their personal and writing histories and what they've written.
Readers can't get enough of them. Publishers can't get them out fast enough. Thrillers have stepped up from their niche status to become a full-blown genre that often tops today's bestseller lists. Who are the remarkable writers behind today's best-selling thrillers?
It takes a special kind of author to write a gripping suspense story or blockbuster thriller. With its powerful language and nonstop, heart-pounding action, this genre has taken today readers by storm and almost always dominates the bestseller lists—whether with legal and political thrillers, spy/espionage stories, or psychological suspense.
100 Most Popular Thriller and Suspense Writers: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies profiles today's most popular writers of this exciting genre. While focusing on such contemporary authors as Dan Brown, Tom Clancy, Alan Furst, John Grisham, Lisa Scottoline, and Stuart Woods, a few classics whose works are still in print and widely read (e.g., Len Deighton, Mickey Spillane) are also included. In addition to information about the personal and writing lives of this fascinating and diverse group, users will find photos of the authors and a list of their published works.
Features • Black-and-white author photos accompany many of the profiles
Highlights • Covers the lives and works of 100 of the most popular authors in this exploding genre in a single source • Includes the most popular, current authors, plus older writers whose works are still in demand • Is the only print volume that focuses exclusively on thriller/suspense authors • Offers an affordable alternative to electronic databases and multi-volume sets • Provides biographical material, as well as lists of publications
Bernard Drew is a freelance writer/editor and author of numerous books, including the Libraries’ Unlimited's 100 Most Popular Nonfiction Authors.
Reviews "No more wondering which author an avid or reluctant reader might turn to next because this resource will help librarians, teachers, and parents find well-known thriller and suspense authors all in one place. . . . This book will certainly cement thriller and suspense readers’ interest in favorites like James Patterson, Jodi Picoult, Michael Crichton, Dean Koontz and Sandra Brown."—VOYA
"In cases of unusually prolific authors (e.g., Nora Roberts, Jerry B. Jenkins), Internet sources of publications are given. A comprehensive author/title index speeds access, and a helpful genre index may serve as an introduction to this and other dynamic literary forms."—ARBA
"Designed for readers new to thriller and suspense genres, this reference volume features biographical sketches and bibliographies of the 100 most successful authors such as Dan Brown, Tom Clancy, John Grisham, Len Deighton and Mickey Spillane. Drew, a freelance writer and editor, fills each entry with personal and writing histories, a complete list of works and suggestions for further reading. Indexes are arranged according to author, title and subgenre as well."—Reference & Research Book News
"100 Most Popular Thriller and Suspense Authors is confidently recommended as a seminal addition to library staff reference collections."—Midwest Book Review - Library Bookwatch