RARA-AVIS: Dennis Lahane and Dan Brown

From: Bludis Jack ( buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 18 Mar 2007

Patrick King wrote:

>>I think Lehane may be the most under-rated writer of the
present day. Certainly, Dan Brown is the most over-rated.<<

I think Dennis Lahane gets his due.

Dan Brown? Who said he was a great writer? Hardly anybody overrates him--they hardly rate him at all. He wrote a page-turner and managed to bring heretofore obscure facts.

Great Mystery? Nay, I nailed the big bad guy as soon as he appeared.

If Dan Brown has another best-seller, it will do the same thing: bring forth a bunch of obscure facts that we didn't know much about along with cardboard characters, and rapid, suspenseful action.

The secret to the best seller: give the reading public something they didn't know they wanted. The problem is that they don't know it until they see it.

Jack Bludis

http://www.jackbludis.com Shamus nominee for *Shadow of the Dahlia* Try "Blondes, Blondes, Blondes" at http://www.ThrillingDetective.com

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