How to Write a Crime Thriller: 7 Elements of Suspenseful Crime Fiction

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Nov 19, 2021 • 2 min read

The page-turning genre of crime fiction stands out as one of the most popular genres of any fiction writing. The best crime writers like Elmore Leonard, Michael Connelly, and David Baldacci routinely top New York Times bestseller lists (and often elicit solid book reviews along the way), but the art of writing thrillers is a tricky one. New writers working on their first crime thriller must balance writing a gripping plot with steady character development and vivid worldbuilding that puts readers right in the action.