I’m posting on the letter B in the Crime Fiction Alphabet and the idea behind this meme is to write something related to crime fiction that’s based on the letter of the week. This can be an author, the name of a book or something to do with writing crime fiction. The post should be up by the end of each week. See the rules for the Alphabet in Crime Fiction here. This Meme is run by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise.
Today’s post is about Dan Brown, author of The DaVinci code. By the time I got around to reading this book, I must have been among the very few who hadn’t yet done so.
I was fascinated not only by the mystery surrounding the Holy Grail and all the symbolism involved, but the way in which Brown wrote the story. The information on supposed codes in Da Vinci’s art was another source of interest. The book’s pacing is good, moving the reader through tight chapters from various points-of-view. I think Brown is really good to work so much activity into a twenty-four hour period.
It is clear that the writer did thorough research for this book. Coming out of the publication of the novel, there was a big outcry from the Catholic Church. I believe that it speaks to the talent of a writer when his work can arouse public opinion and create as much of a furor as this book has.
If there was a downside to the book and the writing, it was the length of the story. After the murderer was caught, there were still other matters left, like the location of secret documents that had been to found, to complete the story. By that time, the relentless chase had tired me out. That aside, I enjoyed following the clues in the Da Vinci Code and will read more of Brown’s work at some point in time. See my review of the Da Vinci Code here.