conspiracy fiction

subgenre of thriller fiction

The conspiracy thriller (or paranoid thriller) is a subgenre of thriller fiction. The protagonists of conspiracy thrillers are often journalists or amateur investigators who find themselves (often inadvertently) pulling on a small thread which unravels a vast conspiracy that ultimately goes "all the way to the top." The complexities of historical fact are recast as a morality play in which bad people cause bad events, and good people identify and defeat them. Conspiracies are often played out as "man-in-peril" (or "woman-in-peril") stories, or yield quest narratives similar to those found in whodunits and detective stories. A common theme in such works is that characters uncovering the conspiracy encounter difficulty ascertaining the truth amid the deceptions: rumors, lies, propaganda, and counter-propaganda build upon one another until what is conspiracy and what is coincidence become entangled. Many conspiracy fiction works also include the theme of secret history and paranoid fiction.
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genre: conspiracy fiction



1965 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert

author: Frank Herbert


2. The Da Vinci Code

novel by Dan Brown

author: Dan Brown


4. Inferno

novel by Dan Brown

author: Dan Brown


The Eight


author: Katherine Neville


The Ragnarök Conspiracy

book by Erec Stebbins

author: Erec Stebbins


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