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Christopher Fowler
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Never say this blog is not ahead of the curve, me hearties. First it points you to Hans Fallada's astonishing 'Alone in Berlin', only for the book to be announced as an upcoming Emma Thompson film, and now, after years of nagging people about the wonderful, obscure writer Michael McDowell, I've discovered that all of his books are being rereleased, some in Kindle format only (like 'Blackwater' -…
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Christopher Fowler
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I have to review a lot of thrillers. Many start out with a paragraph describing the weather. They go in the bin. Others starts with a cop pulling on a cigarette and staring at a dead body. Just as predictable as the weather - bin. But it shouldn't be like this, particularly in a thriller. You should be grabbed and dragged into the story from the outset. Here are five good openings, picked at…
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Christopher Fowler
At a time when Stephen King was jump-starting a phenomenal publishing wave of horror novels, Michael McDowell was one of the few writers who deserved the same attention. While he never had King's way with a killer hook, he was the better stylist. 'I am a commercial writer and I'm proud of that,' said the Alabama-born author, 'I think it is a mistake to try to write for the ages.' His gothic deep…
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Christopher Fowler
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Like Tom Tryon, Michael McDowell was always careful to consider his readers. 'I am a commercial writer and I'm proud of that,' said the Alabama-born author, 'I think it is a mistake to try to write for the ages.' His gothic deep-South novels appeared mainly as paperbacks in the golden age of the throwaway read, the early 1980s, but there's something about them that remains to haunt the reader…
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