Donovan, Mark. “With Twenty-first Thriller, Writer Ross Thomas Just Might Hit It Big—Not That He Hasn’t Been Trying.” People Weekly 28 (November 30, 1987): 109. A look at Thomas’s output and his lack of a breakout hit after twenty-one attempts.
Hiss, Tony. “Remembering Ross Thomas.” The Atlantic Monthly 278, no. 5 (November, 1996): 117. Tribute to the late author by a writer known for his biographies and social commentary.
Hitz, Frederick P. The Great Game: The Myth and Reality of Espionage. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004. Hitz, a former inspector general of the Central Intelligence Agency, compares fictional spies to actual intelligence agents. Gives perspective to Thomas’s writing, although he is not directly discussed.
Kelly, R. Gordon. Mystery Fiction and Modern Life. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1998. Examines the parallels between real life and detective fiction. Contains brief analysis of Thomas’s work.
Roth, Marty. Foul and Fair Play: Reading Genre in Classic Detective Fiction. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1995. A post-structural analysis of the conventions of mystery and detective fiction. Examines 138 short stories and works from the 1840’s to the 1960’s. Mentions Thomas and helps place him in context.
Scaggs, John. Crime Fiction. New York: Routledge, 2005. Contains a chapter on crime thrillers that sheds light on Thomas’s work.