There is a great piece by Aaryn on the Women's Colony about James Patterson the mystery writer. It brought to mind the article in the Times in January's Magazine. Patterson doesn't even write his books. He has a staff of about 30 that turn his brief outline into a horrid, boring, and embarrassing to be seen with "book". If you want a good mystery writer try Thomas Perry and start with "The Butchers Boy". I'm only a snob about two things. My choice of books and ice.