And Speaking of Dialogue…

In the mystery/thriller world, I’m becoming convinced that good dialogue is the difference between and OK read and a great great. Even a book with a terrific plot is undercut if I don’t “buy” the dialogue. Do it poorly, and it throws me out of the narrative. Every time.

Don Winslow writes great dialogue. Meg Gardiner, too. Lee Child, of course. Robert Crais, natch. I’ve only read one Peter Spiegelman novel (right) and the dialogue sparkled.

Bad examples include — (and suddenly there’s mom’s voice in my ear. “If you can’t say something nice…”)

Question: Who writes the best dialogue in the mystery/thriller genre today?

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on June 13, 2012, in Blog and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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