James W. Hall
Creative writing professor and thriller writer James W. Hall unlocks the secret of the literary blockbuster in Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Bestsellers (Random House Trade Paperbacks, $16.00). From tempting glimpses inside secret societies, such as submariners in The Hunt for Red October, and Opus Dei in The Da Vinci Code, to vivid representations of the American Dream and its opposite—the American Nightmare—in novels like The Firm and The Dead Zone, Hall identifies the common features of 12 mega-bestsellers. “Every would-be writer, and every knowledgeable reader, should read this book.”—Michael Connelly. Hall is the author of seventeen novels, four books of poetry, two short-story collections, and a book of essays. He’s also the winner of the Edgar and Shamus awards.