Certainly they don't have anything to do with his prose, which would be unreadable if it were not so riveting. From that strange anomaly, I deduce that it's his ability to 'tell a story' that pulls in the customers.
Having read The Da Vinci Code with close attention to its sales figures, I have a great belief in Dan Brown's attractions as a writer. The belief is all the greater because I can't quite define what those attractions are.
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