Three crime novelists discuss how they create suspense and develop their characters in this thrilling genre. James Grainger hosts and moderates.
James Grainger’s debut collection of stories, The Long Slide, was the winner of the ReLit Award for Short Fiction. His reviews and articles have appeared in the Toronto Star, Quill & Quire, The Globe and Mail, Elle Canada, Men’s Fashion, Sharp and Rue Morgue. His debut novel, Harmless, was a Canadian bestseller and a 2015 Book of the Year in the Globe and Mail and National Post.
John McFetridge is the author of Dirty Sweet, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and Swap. He became fascinated with crime while attending a murder trial at age 12 with his police officer brother. McFetridge has also co-written a short story collection, Below the Line, and wrote for the CBS/CTV television series The Bridge. He lives in Toronto with his family. He presents Black Rock, an artfully told police procedural set in Montreal in 1970. Set against actual historical events, it is both a compelling page-turner and an accomplished novel.
Before becoming a novelist, Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain. His 2004 debut thriller The Suspect sold more than one million copies worldwide. It is the first of eight novels featuring clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, who faces his own increasing battle with a potentially debilitating disease. Michael has also written four stand-alone thrillers. In 2015, he won the UK's prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award for his thriller Life or Death. He lives in Sydney.