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August 27, 2004


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Steven Kaye

Thrillers are a conservative genre. Like Greek tragedies and murder mysteries, they upset society's balance in order to right it, and to re-affirm it in the righting.

There are certainly numerous murder mysteries and thrillers which do not fall into this category - for example, Eric Ambler's A Coffin for Dimitrios. Stephen King tried to make the same argument for horror in Danse Macabre. The world's moved on since Agatha Christie and genteel drawing room mysteries.

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