The Action Starts at the Start

The Action Starts at the Start

  • $79.99
Shipping calculated at checkout.

Who can ever forget the opening scene in The Raiders of the Lost Ark when Indy encounters a cave full of mortal dangers, including a massive boulder that threatens to crush him as he races (and stumbles) toward his escape?

Thrillers, especially those involving lots of action and adventure, should always begin with a thrilling scene that not only draws the reader in but keeps them glued to the pages long into the night. The “Raiders" lesson teaches that thrillers should begin with a hair-raising scene this is crafted not only to entice the reader but to make them feel like they're part of action. In a word, thriller writers want their readers to sweat. Learn how to make them do so by starting your novel with a bang!


Winner of the 2015 PWA Shamus Award and the 2015 ITW Thriller Award for Best Original Paperback Novel for Moonlight Weeps, Vincent Zandri is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Kindle No. 1 bestselling author of more than 25 novels, including The Remains and The Corruptions. Zandri's list of publishers include Delacorte, Dell, Down & Out Books, Thomas & Mercer, and Polis Books. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri was the recent subject of a major feature by the New York Times. He has also made appearances on Bloomberg TV and FOX News. In December 2014, Suspense Magazine named Zandri's The Shroud Key as one of the “Best Books of 2014." Suspense Magazine also selected When Shadows Come as one of the “Best Books of 2016." He lives in New York.

Learn more at

We Also Recommend