Mystery Books

  • Missing Susan (Elizabeth MacPherson)

    Edgar Award winner Sharyn McCrumb brings you her sixth Elizabeh MacPherson mystery novel.The unsinkable Elizabeth is on tour o

  • The Deer Leap

    In a village plagued by missing pets, Scotland Yard's Richard Jury and sidekick Melrose Plant face the worst of human natu

  • Blue Light

    The human race has just begun. In the Bay Area in the mid-1960s, several people are struck by a cosmic blue light that "quickens"

  • Once Were Cops

    Michael O'Shea is a member of Ireland's police force, known as The Guards. He's also a sociopath who walks a knife ed

  • The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club)

    Dare to face the most terrifying heights of suspense. From hospital murders to explosive court battles, the Women's Murde

  • As You Wish

    Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—for someone to love her again and, mo

  • The Firm: A Novel

    When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought that he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on th

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Mystery Movies

  • The Negotiator

    Negotiator, The (DVD)Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee Samuel L. Jackson ("Snakes on a Plane," the second

  • Memento

    Point blank in the head a man shoots another. In flashbacks, each one earlier in time than what we've just seen, the two men's pas

  • The Arrival

    Calling this 1996 science fiction thriller "a glorified B movie," isn't a criticism. Writer-director David Twohy managed to get in

  • Devil's Advocate

    Hotshot attorney accepts tempting offer from an elite New York law firm only to find himself fighting for his soul.Genre:

  • Fallen (Snap Case Packaging)

    A homicide cop, Denzel Washington, hunts a satanic force that shifts from one human host to another in this taut, terrific superna

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Mystery Authors

Ross Thomas biography

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Ross Thomas

(1926 - 1995)

Ross Thomas wrote 25 wonderful novels in his 29 year writing career, which ended with his death in 1995. Nearly a book a year for a quarter of a century is prodigious output, to be certain; but it is regrettably small when the writer possessed the brilliance and skill of a writer such as Thomas. I have read and savored each of his books at least twice, and some more than that. He is the writer I suggest to people most often, for in his works lie countless undiscovered gems that too many readers have missed.

Thomas spent his first twenty years of adulthood working as a reporter, PR flack, and political strategist. He then wrote his first novel, The Cold War Swap, in six weeks at the age of forty. It won an Edgar, the most prestigious award for mystery fiction. (He won another Edgar for Briarpatch in 1985.)

Thomas wrote "political thrillers," but that label is too limiting. His books were smart, witty, original, suspenseful, and engrossing. He could make you laugh out loud one chapter, sweat with anxiety the next, and shake your head at the folly of it all come the end. The phrase "couldn't put it down" might have been coined for his books; you might have to put them down because you've got work in the morning, but you definitely won't stop thinking about his quirky, inventive plots.

The settings of Thomas' books are as varied as the characters: Hong Kong, DC, Germany, the Deep South; Congressmen, Writers, Union Organizers, Historians, Advertising Men. Thomas wrote about the kind of people behind the headlines; the men and women who keep the games of politics and commerce moving. They are ordinary people who participate in extraordinary events. They aren't that different from the rest of us, which makes them all the more enjoyable and fascinating to observe.

Information source: wikipedia