I’m on a reading roll. Just finished Hundred-Dollar Baby by Robert Parker. It’s his latest Spenser book and finds the intrepid private investigator trying to help a madam manage her upscale, call-girl business.
Like all of Parker’s books, it’s heavy on dialogue and light on description with very short, easy-to-read chapters. I can read one of his books in about two hours. And still savor every word.
Every time I read a Parker book, I can’t help butÂ marvel at his heavy emphasis on dialogue. That’s really all his books are.Â We are talking minimal description of everything else — rooms, people, cars, the weather, etc. The most-used word in his books is probably said.
The only other person that I know of who writes in a similar style is James Patterson.
What about you? Which do you prefer — lots of description or lots of dialogue? Inquiring minds want to know …