Which author and novel do you read time and again and has inspired you to write?
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?”
What books do you recommend others to read?
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.