The Art of Suspense (Afternoon)

with Chris Pavone


Mystery, thriller, espionage, domestic, cozy, noir, psychological suspense, police procedural . . . the subcategories and niches of suspense fiction not only dominate bestseller lists but also attract many of today’s most accomplished literary talents. This class examines the challenges and opportunities of working in these overlapping spaces, focusing on plot, pacing, reveals, and twists. We will discuss the merits and pitfalls of high-concept novels; the role of factual research and the realism continuum; the importance of specificity of place; the uses and overuses of outlines; the magnitude of beginnings and endings; the centrality of the pitch; and the essentials of joining the crime-fiction community.

4 Afternoons:  Monday 11/11–Thursday 11/14 | 1:30-4:30pm


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Chris Pavone is the author of five international thrillers, beginning with The Expats in 2012 and most recently the instant bestseller Two Nights in Lisbon. His novels have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and IndieNext; have won both the Edgar and Anthony awards, and have been shortlisted for the Strand, Macavity, Thriller, and L.A. Times Book Prize; are in development for feature and series; and have been translated into two dozen languages. Chris grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Cornell, and spent the first half of his career working in book publishing in positions ranging from copy editor at Doubleday and managing editor of the Lyons Press to executive editor at Clarkson Potter and deputy publisher at Workman. He lives in New York City.