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William Landay is the author of the New York Times bestseller Defending Jacob. Previous novels include Mission Flats, winner of the Dagger Award for best debut crime novel, and The Strangler, which was an L.A. Times favorite crime novel and nominated for the Strand Magazine Critics Award as best crime novel of the year.


In far too much bad fiction, suspense has replaced drama as the motive force of storytelling. There is, in fact, an entire subgenre of fiction dedicated to the ignorant error—“thrillers.” Suspense, however, is the sworn enemy of good fiction.


To create suspense is to induce anxiety—that is, to cause distress. And naturally, then, the craving is for relief. You read as quickly as possible to di...

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Average rating: 3.94 · 131,526 ratings · 14,615 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
Defending Jacob
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 128,326 ratings — published 2012 — 59 editions
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Mission Flats
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 1,977 ratings — published 2003 — 38 editions
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The Strangler
3.19 of 5 stars 3.19 avg rating — 1,222 ratings — published 2007 — 24 editions
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Défendre Jacob
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2014
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William Beth wrote: "Hi William,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery/suspense author. I just loved DEFENDING JACOB and have recommended it to oodles of people, including my book club."


Of course! Good luck with your writing.


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Beth Hi William,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery/suspense author. I just loved DEFENDING JACOB and have recommended it to oodles of people, including my book club.


Graeme Stokes Hi William, Thanks for being my Friend... look forward to reading Defending Jacob.


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


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