|Author James Patterson|
Several things amaze me about this series. One, they are such quick reads! The chapters are between 1 and 2.5 pages long. The sentences are direct and brief. The characters have been around for so long now that not much description is needed. Furthermore, dialogue is carefully placed to get the most bang for the buck.
Two, Patterson gets himself into the head of a seasoned black detective living in one of the rougher areas of Washington, D.C. I am not an expert on this demographic myself, but the author somehow puts himself there and writes the character in a believable and non-offensive way. He doesn't take Cross too ghetto and he doesn't make him unbelievably mainstream for the narrative. He really does a good job of this, and gives the MC a fantastic family to boot.
Three, a ridiculous amount of money has come from a book so simple and formulaic as to make one sick. I mean, really? 16 books going back 18 years. According to Forbes, Patterson made $70 million in one year spanning 2009 and 2010. $70 MILLION!
|Author Umberto Eco|
What do you think of that?
BTW--I'm going the complete opposite way in taste now with The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. I expect to measure the reading time in weeks, not hours. ;)