Critical Insights: The American Thriller

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Additional Works on Theme
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Gary Hoppenstand
March 2014 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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ISBN: 978-1-61925-220-2
# of Pages: 300
# of Volumes: 1
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An exploration of the authors and literary works that identify with the American thriller, this volume examines the prominent themes and stories of the genre.

Edited by Gary Hoppenstand, Professor of American Studies at Michigan State University, this volume in the Critical Insights series presents a variety of new essays on the American thriller, a genre in which “ordinary” heroes are faced with an enemy set on destroying them or something treasured such as freedom or democracy.

The Critical Readings delve into works from notable authors in the genre such as Tom Clancy, John Grisham, Robert Block, Lee Child, and more while the Critical Context section touches upon Crime, Legal, Techno, and Psychological subgenres. The contributors discuss in their articles that there are ample reasons why the American thriller remains one of the most engaging and entertaining categories of popular fiction today

Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

About This Volume
Critical Context: Original Introductory Essays
Critical Readings: Original In-Depth Essays
Further Readings
Detailed Bibliography
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index