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CrimeBits: 100 Opening Gambits for Great Thrillers & Linked Mystery Puzzles

CrimeBits: 100 Opening Gambits for Great Thrillers & Linked Mystery Puzzles

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Short Fiction and Puzzles | Hardback and Paperback | Coming 11th July 2024


CrimeBits is a unique interactive puzzle book of best first pages of thrillers, including Lee Child’s judge’s notes, and his introduction. Writing challenges, crime trivia, brain-teasers, and editor’s notes will be included. The puzzles will be created by L.A Times puzzle setter Robin Stears.

BSPG recently ran the ‘Black Spring Prize for Best Opening To a Crime Book’. Now BSPG are publishing entries from the top 100 of the finalists, and incredibly, the winner was decided by Lee Child. We are deeply grateful for the world-famous, best-selling author of the 'Jack Reacher' series, whose books have sold over 100 million copies to contribute to this great book!

Lee Child says,

Long ago people would say, “This is a great book, but you need to give it fifty pages.” That's crazy now, in our hyper-fast world. Now readers give you fifty words. Your first paragraph, basically. That's where you win or lose. It doesn't always need to be slam-bam, but it does always need to give the reader absolutely no choice but to race ahead. Send your entry in to Black Spring's contest, I’ll judge the best... and if you win, I'll be first in line to buy your book.

Our resident crime editor, Luca Veste who is the internationally bestselling author of eight novels and the host of the hit podcast Two Crime Writers and a Microphone also contributed an introduction. 

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