a master of

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  • MilkyBarKid

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    British English
    'master of' means that he is a skilled practitioner of his craft (in this situation, as a writer of thrillers, the ability to keep the readers in anxiety/fear that something bad or unpleasant is about to happen.
     

    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    The dictionary hereto attached is quite good:

    Under the entry master

    2 a skilled practitioner of a particular art or activity. ■ a great artist, especially one belonging to the accepted canon.

    As a side note, Bierce is probably better remembered for his cynical view of life as evidenced in the The Devil's Dictionary.
     
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