That I still fall for the hype of Dan Brown, I'll never understand. Just like The Da Vinci Code, Inferno is more of a tourist guide than a story. While the tidbits about the history of the places and/or things the characters encounter while on their mission are fascinating, the story is mediocre at best. Professor Langdon is again whisked away against his will to solve another mystery, then meets the "a la rigueur mysterious" female character. They begin a frantic race to find the hiding place of a plague left by a crazed scientist - a Dante fanatic - that believes earth is doomed because of overpopulation. Dante's Inferno is included as part of the riddle. Hype, hype, chase, chase.. then the story crashes and burns with an absolutely inane finale. Oh boy, this will definitely be the last time I lose my time with a Dan Brown book.
First read the book in the 70's when I was very young and the attraction was the Hollywood angle since I had just seen Sharon Tate in Valley of the Dolls. This re-read as an older woman gave chills when I understood the dark world of those lost creatures of the era. That I actually felt sorry for one of the women that recently died of cancer makes me realize how much I had forgotten about this story. Bugliosi gives very pertinent and detailed biographical accounts that help to understand what may have contributed to the moral disintegration of the murderers. But it's scary stuff when you think that there may be some more cults out there breeding this disregard for society. Fascinating read.
My favorite genre has always been mystery thrillers, but I decided to try this one out for a change. What an unexpected surprise. This book is written as a thriller, only it's real life and people at their worst behavior. You will want to listen on the way to work, jogging, in my case while knitting, etc. because it is absolutely enthralling. Great job by the author, hope he has some more coming.
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