Help Us Find and Improve Next Week's Connection Profiles: Thriller Novelists

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This coming week, the example profile is Canadian Governor General John Buchan. John wasn't only a politician, but also a talented author of both fiction and non-fiction, penning his first book at age 19. One of his most famous books is "The 39 Steps", a thriller. We're searching for more thriller writers to feature alongside John. Who comes to mind (they need to be deceased)? 

A few to get started:

Who else comes to mind? Let us know below!
What can you do to help us get their profile ready? They need to be connected if they aren't already. They'll need a profile image and a biography. Is there a related project that can help? Ask them!
We can't feature everyone who fits this category, but we can save those profiles we don't feature this coming week for use at a later date, and all improvements to profiles help WikiTree, no matter what the reason. We'll make a final decision on which ones to feature early next week.
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (560k points)

Would Dorothy L Sayers qualify as a "thriller" writer?  ('Cause I don't, personally, regard Christie as a writer of thrillers, and they appear to be authors of the same genre.)


edited to add - there are a couple of Creative Commons images of Mary Higgins Clark on Wikimedia Commons

(edited to add another link)

I have yet to read Dorothy yet, but most likely? Some of Agatha's are more thriller-esque and some more comedic. She's on Wikipedia's list, at least.

Melanie, I wouldn't consider Agatha Christie a "thriller" author. I think among mystery aficionados her mystery style is termed "cozy." 

I can think of many mystery writers, Not so many write thrillers because I don't read that sub-genre so much and so many are still living. Some who are deceased I found on WikiTree:

Colin Dexter

Sue Grafton

Tony Hillerman

Daphne du Maurier

Ngaio Marsh

Dashiell Hammett


Note-the original suggestions was made up using Wikipedia's list. If we have enough "better" ones, we can save some of these that are more mystery oriented and less thriller for another week.

Desmond Bagley (English)

Eric Ambler (English)

Alexandre Dumas père  (French)

Joan Lindsay (Australian) - has no bio - only a link to Wikipedia.

H Rider Haggard (English)

Rudyard Kipling (Indian-born English)

Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish) - minimal bio

Jules Verne (French)

Saul Bellow (Canadian) - has no bio - only a link to Wikipedia.


edited to add profile links

Good list, Melanie! I was thinking as I was looking that it would be great to find authors from countries other than the United States or Great Britain. Ngaio Marsh was a New Zealander, but my others were either American or British.
I have no idea if any of them have profiles already.

Another couple of authors I read as a child --

Hammond Innes (I believe is English) and

Alastair MacLean (Scottish)

I got Tony Hillerman connected and asked for the profiles of his siblings and wife to be listed - they are all deceased.

Added some info to Joan Lindsay and Saul Bellow

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I've found several, but they all need work.
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
Don't worry about whether they're ready or not. Just listing them gives people a chance to help out, as they're all in one place.
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Raymond Chandler:
Profile image, biography, deceased, connected

PD James and Ruth Rendell both need a fair bit of work.
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
List them all, Ros. They can all be useful at some point!
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I should think that Edgar Rice Burroughs would qualify as a thriller writer. And, as it happens, his profile is connected to the main tree, and he has five great-grandparents listed. (I'm a big fan of his Mars stories.)

by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (513k points)

Hmmm... his Wikipedia entry has unusually extensive references to his genealogy.

Thanks, Greg!
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Michael Crichton:

Patricia Highsmith (birth name: Mary Patricia Plangman) who does not have a Wikitree profile:
by C Handy G2G6 Pilot (189k points)
Thanks, C.!

Parents and grandparents are linked to her profile on Findagrave

+6 votes
Thriller? Mystery? Crime? Adventure? Detective? One to look out for is Wilkie Collins []
by Living Flower G2G6 Mach 1 (12.2k points)
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I'd like to see Matthew Gregory Lewis, author of "The Monk", included! That is one of my all-time favorite books, and one that has to be read to be believed. It's got it all: ghost brides, sexy priests, dead babies, incest, all taking place in crumbling Spanish castles as pictured in the fevered imagination of an 18th century British teenager.

by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (245k points)
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Mary Higgins Clarke has a pic now
by Jelena Eckstädt G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
If anyone is interested in trying to connect her, a few family members of her husband Warren Clark have been added and there's plenty more to add.

I have been working on her line, but it seems most of her family either never married nor had children, with one exception. This led to a Bless family (germanic - Bleß). That family seems to open up to additional families, so I'm working in that area to find a link. No end in sight at the moment, but as with most connections, one could easily sneak up and bite me before I know it.

Well - she now has more family attached to her cluster, but no connection. I'll poke around at it in my copious spare time...
+4 votes
Although, non-fiction Truman Capote.  He needs a better biography.
by Deena Cross G2G6 Mach 3 (34.2k points)
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Would hate to see John D. MacDonald overlooked!

Edit:   OK maybe he's more of a Mystery/Detective Writer... you be the judge. 

If it has to be a  "Thriller"  perhaps include Mary Shelley  (Frankenstein).    Not prolific but certainly historic.   Her biography is already well done.

by Peggy McReynolds G2G6 Pilot (448k points)
edited by Peggy McReynolds
+5 votes

Author of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Swedish author (Karl Stig-Erland Larsson) but I couldn't find a profile. (Belgian)

by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (390k points)
+4 votes

Maj Sjöwall could fit the bill, though I'm not sure her books would be classified as thrillers. It would be nice to have a Swedish author in the roster.

by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (480k points)
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Edgar Allen Poe or Sir Arthur Connan Doyle
by David Hughey G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
I started to run through Edgar Allen Poe's profile to add inline citations, but the profile needs a total re-write. It is almost word-for-word from Wikipedia. Also, the style is difficult to read.

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