Saturday, March 12, 2011
Crossfire by James Patterson
I read this book as a part of my Learn to Write by Reading Project.
I have enjoyed the movies with Morgan Freeman and this character so I chose it to be the James Patterson novel I read. And, I wanted to read a James Patterson novel because his name is always somewhere on the NYT & USA Today bestseller lists. And, Forbes said he made FORTY million last year as a writer. He must be doing something right.
He is very popular. When I requested this book from my library, I was number eighty-three on the waiting list and the book had been out for months already.
Reading Crossfire was interesting. Patterson hit the screenwriting beats within a page or two every time. He ends every chapter with a closing sentence that poses a 'what's going to happen question.' Each scene is a chapter. This book has 117 chapters. Sometimes a scene has several locations when the point of the scene is 'movement'. His 'voice' is ordinary - nothing special like John Hart's.
Why Patterson is worth $40,000,000 a year is a mystery worth further investigation.