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David Corbett

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David Corbett is the author of four novels: The Devil’s Redhead, Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book), Blood of Paradise (nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar), and Do They Know I’m Running (Spinetingler Award, Best Novel—Rising Star Category 2011).

David’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with two stories selected for Best American Mystery Stories.

In 2012, Mysterious Press/Open Road Media re-issued all four of his novels plus a story collection in ebook format.

In January 2013 Penguin published his textbook on the craft of characterization, The Art of Character (“A writer’s bible that will lead to your character’s soul.” —Elizabeth Brundage).

He has taught creative writi
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Published on June 21, 2013 16:46 Tags: call-of-the-wild, classics, jack-london
Average rating: 3.59 · 4,891 ratings · 798 reviews · 38 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Mercy of the Night

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The Art of Character: Creat...

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Do They Know I'm Running?

3.74 avg rating — 134 ratings — published 2010 — 10 editions
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The Devil's Redhead

3.55 avg rating — 161 ratings — published 2002 — 17 editions
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Blood of Paradise

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The Devil Prayed and Darkne...

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Done For A Dime

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Killing Yourself to Survive

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So many people have said such wonderful things about this excellent novel that I couldn’t hope to say anything new or revelatory. So I will resort to advice I received from one of my mentors, the novelist Oakley Hall: “Steal wisely.” Accordingly, all ...more
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“The problem lies not with genre but with formula, which consists of seeing genre conventions as restrictions rather than mere guidelines, ends in themselves rather than possibilities.”
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“Writers possess only four tools: research, experience, empathy, and imagination. Fortunately, whole worlds can be built from them.”
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“To paraphrase one of my favorite math professors: The difference between great artists, and artists who are not so great, is that great artists think deeply about simple things.”
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Michael Murphy Best of success with your books, David. Thanks for connecting on Goodreads. Hope you'll add my Prohibition-era mystery, The Yankee Club, to your to read list. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


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