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An authoritative guide to creating a compelling and commercially viable mystery. Features a thorough exploration of the genre and a step-by-step writing process that explains such findamentals as plot and character development; effective dialogue; atmosphere and setting; and maintaining pace. Also includes sections on outlining, revision, acquiring an agent, submitting to publishers, marketing and promotion, and in-depth exercises. "Writing the Mystery" wraps up with a special collection of interviews with mystery major leaguers.