Thriller Fiction Special

Raymond Chandler, in his essay “The Simple Art of Murder,” noted that the “the detective story, even in its most conventional form, is difficult to write well. Good specimens of the art are much rarer than good serious novels.” Chandler went on to explain that while murder is a frustration of the individual, it is also a frustration of the race. He concluded, “In everything that can be called art there is a quality of redemption.”

The four novel excerpts here are in the vein that Chandler invoked. Beneath the action and violence, each work questions the causes and meanings—the human nature—of the story. Enter here if you want a good ride. Enter here to consider the implications that a story may have in your own life.

Along with the stories, we’re pleased to include an interview, a video, and essays from the authors about writing and their works.

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