“I once started a detective story to make money—but I couldn’t get the murder to take place! At the end of three chapters I was still describing characters and the milieu, so I thought, this is not going to work. No corpse!”
Every mystery novel includes action sequences. An action sequence can be a getaway, a chase, or a desperate rush to catch a plane. It can be a confrontation: an attack, a fistfight, a gun battle, or a murder. Your character could get tied up and thrown in a car trunk or stumble through a forest in the dead of night while being tracked by attack dogs. To make it work, you have to write convincing physical action.
In the hands of a master, writing action seems simple. Take this passage ...