20 June 2019
ITW Thriller Roundtable

ITW Thriller Roundtable

June 17 - June 23

Topic: Besides technology, what are the main differences from the thrillers of the 50s, 60s, and 70s with today’s bestsellers?

The ITW Thriller Roundtable is a weekly discussion featuring up to twelve authors sharing their thoughts on thriller-related topics.

On June 17th, Jill Hand, DiAnn Mills, Lee Murray, Gerald Dean Rice, Frank Zafiro, and I had a great discussion about the differences between thrillers of the 50s, 60s, and 70s and today’s bestellers.

Follow the conversation at The Big Thrill.

covers of books from the fifties, sixties and seventies

Books mentioned in the Roundtable discussion:
1950s
Ian Fleming, Casino Royale
Ian Fleming, Dr. No
Ian Fleming, Goldfinger
Ian Fleming, Live and Let Die
Dorothy B. Hughes, The Candy Kid

1960s
Charlotte Armstrong, Lemon in the Basket
Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Margaret Millar, A Stranger in My Grave

1970s
Frederick Forsyth, The Day of the Jackal
Morton Freedgood, The Taking of Pelham 123
William Goldman, Marathon Man
Ira Levin, The Stepford Wives

For more details on Dorothy B. Hughes’ forgotten noir, I recommend reading “The Crime of Blackness: Dorothy B. Hughes’s Forgotten Noir” by Christine Smallwood in the New Yorker, and “On the World’s Finest Female Noir Writer, Dorothy B. Hughes” by Sarah Weinman.

Sarah Weinman also has a wonderful website about “Women Crime Writers of the 1940s and 50s”, which is well worth exploring.

For more thriller-related discussions, keep up to date with the weekly ITW Thriller Roundtable!