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Comparison of Writing Styles: Phillip Margolin VS. Jeffery Deaver

Although I've been an avid reader since childhood, I haven't read with a critical eye in many years. In reading other people's reviews and writing my own, I am once again learning to do more than enjoy the experience of the story at hand.

The genre of most interest and experience in reading is that of noir, or thriller, as it's referred to these days. For me, this runs the gambit from true crime stories to mysteries, detective, court procedurals and more. It can be frustrating to me to read a good story and then have no one with whom to discuss the book, but my frustration has dwindled since I've discovered Goodreads.com

Authors Phillip Margolin and Jeffery Deaver

Having just read a book by each of these authors, I was surprised at the difference in time it took me to read the two books. "The Undertaker's Widow" by Margolin was about 50 pages shorter in length and I read it in one extended afternoon sitting.

Deaver's novel, "The Coffin Dancer," was read several hours a day over the span of four days.

I enjoyed each book equally, but couldn't help but be struck by the difference in reading time. After consideration, I determined the difference for me in the style of prose each author employs.

Margolin, while not skimping on details, moves his plot along at a faster pace than does Deaver. Part of the reason for this is the difference in the type of thriller each one is: "The Undertaker's Widow" is a legal thriller, while "The Coffin Dancer" is a psychological thriller.

Margolin's protagonists are able-bodied people; Deaver's protagonist is a quadriplegic, so very cerebral in nature. Still, there is action in Deaver's books via the other main characters, but also insights provided into both the thinking of the protagonist and the antagonist.

In summary, if you're looking for an enjoyable story that won't require a lot of reading time, choose Phillip Margolin. If you have more time to invest in reading and enjoy the inner workings of the characters' minds, choose Jeffery Deaver.

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markgraham wrote on October 23, 2015, 3:03 PM

I have heard of these two writers from my Advanced composition professor. I think I will buy these two books when I can make it to a bookstore. thanks.

Feisty56 wrote on October 23, 2015, 4:24 PM

"The Coffin Dancer" is the second in the Lincoln Rhyme series of novels by Deaver; "The Bone Collector" is the first and was also a great read. I get my books from the public library myself; my appetite for reading exceeds my budget for buying books. : )

Rufuszen wrote on October 24, 2015, 8:43 AM

Not read either of them

markgraham wrote on October 24, 2015, 9:35 AM

Where I live now the library is very small and does not have a lot. Bookstores are my best bets and I try to save my money so I can get some interesting books even though it is hard to save on being a freelancer and watching kids a lot that do not let you do the work you need to do. Sorry for the little rant just now.

Feisty56 wrote on October 24, 2015, 11:44 AM

Not a rant...an explanation. Our local library is a fair size, but it is also part of a bigger network of libraries. If a title isn't available locally, I can see if it is available within the network and place a hold. When it's available, the book is shuttled to my local library and voila! I can read the book. Might your small library be part of such a network?

Feisty56 wrote on October 24, 2015, 11:46 AM

Hi! I've been missing your posts. I hope you soon feel like getting back into the swing of things. : ) Thanks for dropping by this post.