Day Eight, Chapter Eight
(One minute, 18 seconds) Three pages of paper, 2 pages worth of words. Why am I still surprised?
I had a co-worker tell me yesterday about an article on James Patterson as a cash product that he had read somewhere recently. So I was checking out jamespatterson.com to see if there was a link anywhere, when the man himself spoke to me. Mind you, this was at 6:30 in the morning – to hear Patterson himself hawking the book sitting on the table next to me sort of felt like a hallucination. Just go to Patterson’s home page to watch the promo – it’s only 15 seconds and uses the word “unputdownable”, you’ll love it.
The article I was searching for was actually a huge story in the New York Times Magazine (“James Patterson Inc.”, January 20, 2010) that is filled with fascinating quotes from the author and tons of insight into the process of creating a Patterson novel. In reference to his current style of writing (as opposed to that of his Edgar Award-winning first novel) he said, “I’m less interested in sentences now and more interested in stories.” Well, that’s a relief! ‘Cause the sentences I’ve read so far are pretty freakin’ awful.
“Look, if you’re writing ‘Crime and Punishment’ or ‘Remembrance of Things Past,’ then you can sit back and go: ‘This is it, this is the book. This is high art. I’m the man, you’re not. The end.’ But I’m not the man, and this is not high art.”
Oh, right, speaking of “not high art”, Chapter 8 – Lindsay bids Yuki farewell and heads to the crime scene. She offers some astounding praise on her way out the door.
“Your closing was outstanding, girlfriend. Don’t quit.”
I’m sure Yuki feels much better about her court case after their heart-to-heart. When she arrives at the crime scene (if you remember, Pete Gordon shoots mom & baby in Chapter 2) she’s greeted by Officer Joe Sorbero, who “looked gray, as if he’d never seen death before.” He tells her, grimly, that her “next nightmare is right over there”, pointing out the RAV4 murder scene. Honestly, I can’t find anything funny about this scene – it has too many dead babies in it. Wait…
“Are you thinking the baby was collateral damage?”
“No way,” Conklin said. “He was capped on purpose.”
Yeah! See you tomorrow!