When I do book signings, I often get asked what a thriller novel is. I usually say that a thriller is an exciting genre of fiction that is fast-paced and often has the world hanging by a thread.
Here is a definition (from the web) that I think is a good one:
A thriller is a novel of suspense with a plot structure that reinforces the elements of gamesmanship and the chase, with a sense of the hunt being paramount. Thrillers can be spy novels, tales of geopolitical crisis, legal thrillers, medical thrillers, technothrillers, domestic thrillers. The common thread is a growing sense of threat and the excitement of pursuit.
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