I've been thinking for some time that someone ought to call together all the thriller writers in the world and explain to them that books don't actually need to be over 400 pages long to be any good. This thought was, of course, prompted by reading Brandenburg, the latest in a sad succession of grossly overwritten thrillers.
Well, somebody has decided to do something similar, if not exactly what I had in mind. Publishing News reports that what is being billed as 'the biggest thriller conference ever' will take place next year. ThrillerFest will run from 29 June to 2 July at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. It will feature readings and discussions and the chance for readers as well as librarians, the media, and publishing professionals, to network with such authors as R L Stine, Brad Meltzer, John Lescroart and Tess Gerritsen. More details are at http://www.thrillerwriters.org/index.php.