And I thought of Dan Brown.
And yet, here I was looking at a novel that could well have been written by Dan Brown, except that the actual narrative was written crisply -- had Mr. Brown written this novel, it would have been thicker with some more exposition and with more pages devoted to the narrative recovering after an ambitious dive into the sea of exposition.
And now some questions float through my head.
Did Michael Crichton have a Dan Brown phase?
Does Dan Brown represent a stage in the evolution of a commercial writer of pulp thrillers?
Does Michael Crichton represent a later stage in this evolution?
Will Dan Brown evolve into Michael Crichton?
Will Dan Brown ever evolve?