Meets: Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30pm
All Meeting Dates: 6/26, 7/10, 7/24, 8/7
Location: 15 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217
Your instructor will contact you via email in advance of the class.
This reading group will explore the literary thriller, its evolving style, and its unique combination of artistic ambition and suspense. Reading stories of intrigue, espionage, and investigation, we will travel to capitals of world culture alongside characters caught in the extremes of life and probe the ways in which their humanity is complicated and deepened by their perilous circumstances. We'll encounter spies, con men, diplomats, and artists. This is fiction of the very highest stakes, with the highest rewards. The texts for this reading group will be The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, by John le Carré The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, and Distant Star, by Roberto Bolaño. Each book will be paired with a wine from the regions in which key portions of the stories take place, while group members debate the mysteries and moral dilemmas presented by these master works of fiction.
Before Class Reading
For the first class, participants in the group should read The Talented Mr. Ripley.
About the Instructor
Dwyer Murphy is the Editor of CrimeReads, the world's premiere culture site dedicated to thrillers, mystery, and crime fiction, and a senior editor at Literary Hub. His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in numerous publications, including The Common, The Paris Review, and Literary Hub. He was an Emerging Writer Fellow at the Center for Fiction. Before his career in publishing, he was an attorney specializing in media and international law.