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October 09, 2020

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Todd Mason

It does seem remarkable how little the writers' association awards can mean for sustained attention to the fiction that receives them, particularly given how little play they seem to get in the packaging of paperbacks and other subsequent editions.

And "thriller" has always been a Very flexible label! Part of the reason I tend to refer to suspense fiction, which can be vague but not quite so entropic!

BV Lawson

I agree with the whole labeling thing. Suspense seems like a better overall term that would catch most titles; my other favorite is simply "crime fiction." That covers all of it! But I can understand why some readers who have more narrow tastes may want to better identify books they would like (although venturing outside one's comfort zone can lead to some amazing reads, in my opinion).

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