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Sunday, May 6, 2018

A Craftsman's Command of the Language

“If you have a craftsman's command of the language and basic writing techniques you'll be able to write - as long as you know what you want to say” – Jeffery Deaver

Deaver, born on this date in 1950, is one of America’s premiere mystery/crime writers having earned most of the top awards in the genre and making almost every major bestseller list around the globe.  A native of Illinois and graduate (in journalism) from the University of Missouri, and in Law from Fordham University, he started in a law career before realizing that what he really wanted to do was write. 

Among his awards are a Nero Wolfe and three Ellery Queen Reader's Awards for Best Short Story and Best Novel of the Year.        Deaver's most popular series features Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic detective, and NYPD Detective Amelia Sachs.  His books The Devil’s Teardrop, which first introduced Rhyme, and The Bone Collector, the first in the Rhyme series, both were made into popular television movies.  His newest The Cutting Edge is just out on the market in both text and audio versions.

When asked what has led to his success, his answer was simple:  “To answer that I have to describe what I think is my responsibility as a thriller writer: To give my readers the most exciting roller coaster ride of a suspense story I can possibly think of.”

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