I’ve been reading thrillers recently, about which I’ll talk more another post, and this put The Firm, by John Grisham into my hands for the first time. I learnt something interesting…
It uses the same structure to give a sense of pace as The da Vinci Code. And it’s the same kind of story in the sense that the protagonist isn’t moving much, so the cutting to other POVs breaks up the more mundane protag POV stuff.
I wonder if Browne was a Grisham fan?
Mind you, I find The Firm to be such an odd book structurally. It takes until nearly a quarter of the way through the book for the protag to discover what the reader has known since chapter 3. That’s a lot of foreplay.