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304 pages, Paperback
First published January 13, 2017
A great mystery plot is like a thrilling ride on a roller coaster. The cars go shooting out of the starting gate. Then there’s a slow, steep climb before a deep plunge. There’s a brief respite before the ride gathers speed, going fast and then faster, rising to a hairpin turn and an even steeper drop. You barely catch your breath and the ride gains speed again, rising to yet another twist and plunge. There’s a final twist and a heart-stopping plunge, and then you coast back to the platform, exhilarated and ready to ride again.
Dialogue that sparks with conflict is inherently more interesting than dialogue that merely conveys information.