In Their Footsteps & Thief of Hearts by Tess Gerritsen

By Tess Gerritsen

In Their Footsteps

The quiet scandal surrounding her parents' deaths has consistently haunted Beryl Tavistock. Now she's asking harmful questions and the solutions are proving that the previous doesn't die simply. Pulled right into a international of espionage, Beryl speedy discovers that she wishes support, and previous CIA agent Richard Wolf is her merely wish. yet in an international the place belief is a double-edged sword, neighbors develop into enemies and enemies are killers....

Thief of Hearts

Reformed cat burglar Clea Rice has witnessed adequate crimes to place her at the instantly and slim. yet little does she suspect that her look for justice will land her within the palms of rich English gentleman Jordan Tavistock. As their charm grows, so does the risk. Now their largest difficulty isn't no matter if a formal gentleman and a cat burglar can locate happiness...it's even if they'll continue to exist lengthy adequate to determine.

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By Tess Gerritsen

In Their Footsteps

The quiet scandal surrounding her parents' deaths has consistently haunted Beryl Tavistock. Now she's asking harmful questions and the solutions are proving that the previous doesn't die simply. Pulled right into a international of espionage, Beryl speedy discovers that she wishes support, and previous CIA agent Richard Wolf is her merely wish. yet in an international the place belief is a double-edged sword, neighbors develop into enemies and enemies are killers....

Thief of Hearts

Reformed cat burglar Clea Rice has witnessed adequate crimes to place her at the instantly and slim. yet little does she suspect that her look for justice will land her within the palms of rich English gentleman Jordan Tavistock. As their charm grows, so does the risk. Now their largest difficulty isn't no matter if a formal gentleman and a cat burglar can locate happiness...it's even if they'll continue to exist lengthy adequate to determine.

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The gold I got out of Sam Hegg's mine ain't been more than about a hun- 45 How to Write a Damn Good Mystery 46 dred and fifty grand, total, and that ain't no lie. But I've been real careful not to do anything stupid like spend a lot in one place. I sell the nuggets off as I go— telling people I bought them at the bar off guys who bring it in. I'm content, a happy man. I blow my cool and have to beat the crap out of somebody once in a while when I'm acting as a deputy, or in the bar with some drunk, but most of the time I keep a lid on my temper.

I've been in the writing racket for a few decades now and, the horrible truth is, I've never been able to figure out what editors will find mildly interesting story-wise, let alone what will make them flip. I've heard other writers, agents, and even editors say that they know this trend is hot, this other trend is not; that Ideas to Get You Started small-town mysteries, say, are in, hard-boiled are out; that cross-genre books or some such are the next trend, the wave of the future. It's all a bunch of pap.

31 32 How to Write a Damn Good Mystery O u r murderer will be evil. We know a murderer is a mythic "evil one" and an evil one always acts out of his or her own self-interest. An evil one is the golden star at the center of his or her own universe. Our murderer will be self­ ish. Sure, we've all read books in which the murderer does the deed for a good cause, heroically, but this motif almost always results in a weak climax. " If the murderer is not acting out of his or her own self-interest and instead is self-sacrificing and acting heroically, the reader is robbed of this satisfaction, which is, after all, one of the principal reasons the reader bought the book in the first place.

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