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David Morrell Recommends part 1

Lou Pendergrast:

Which author and novel do you read time and again and has inspired you to write?

 

David Morrell:

The thriller author who most inspired me is Geoffrey Household, whose 1939 novel Rogue Male is about a British big-game hunter who sets out to stalk Hitler on the eve of WWII. He’s caught on the first page. For the first time, he becomes the object of a hunt. In the end, he lives in a hole in the ground where his pursuers box him in. It’s absolutely wonderful. When I first read Rogue Male, I remember saying in delight, “You mean I’m allowed to write this way?”

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Lou Pendergrast:

What books do you recommend others to read?

David Morrell:

With Gayle Lynds, I co-founded the International Thriller Writers organization. A couple of years ago, I co-edited (with Hank Wagner) a collection of essays by current thriller writers who describe classic thrillers that influenced them. The book is called Thrillers: 100 Must Reads, and its list is something that I think every fan of thrillers should look at.
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Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 15 May 2013