The word on The Word:
Just finished Irving Wallace's 'The Word,'
which many note is the publishing granddaddy of 'The Da Vinci Code'
and which is why I read it. Obviously a comparison is inevitable, and so: Close call, but Da Vinci is more crisp and fast-paced. The Word is longer and the dialogue a little weighty, but its biblical factoids are great and kept me reading right till the end. ... Written in the early 1970s, The Word also has that almost endearing Three-Days-of-the-Condor
paranoia about institutions. I almost expected Robert Redford and Cliff Robertson to appear at the end of The Word, with Cliff raising his eyebrows and taunting Robert about whether he can really trust the New York Times to print his big secret. ... Of course the institutional conspiracy minded
are still around.
... Next up: The Boston-set 'Dante Club.'