I did not like "Big Bad Wolf". However, Mr. Patterson is a fine author and I have enjoyed several of his earlier novels. He is a skilful storyteller who brings dignity and wit into the inter-ethnic relationships of his characters.
However, it strikes me that recently Mr. Patterson has begun to introduce more than one genre into a single novel. "The Big Bad Wolf" is a good example and "Cradle and All" is, in my view, an extreme example. I cannot help asking myself whether these stories are mystery or melodrama?
Personally, I find genre mixing in "Big Bad Wolf" both distracting and frustrating because the sharp disconnects fracture my "suspension of disbelief". Unfortunately, recent narrators see to stress the melodrama line.
It is clear that Mr. Patterson has strong moral and philosophical convictions and that his convictions add depth and dimension to his work. However, I believe an author needs to decide which genre he wants to pursue.
Daniel Silva is a superb writer and storyteller. "A Death In Vienna" is one of his best. The narrotor is a fine match for this story and he added much to my enjoyment.
Another of Burke's superb novels. The Reader's command of Southern Louisiana dialect is breathtaking.
Not even close to the quality of "The Company". However, it is readable and enjoyable -- just a disappointment after reading his show stopper.
Mr. DeMille has written one of the best, if not the best, fiction work I have read. I cannot recommend this book too highly.
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