Debunking Dan Brown
Not really a great read either, but Michael Baigent did get me with this zinger:
An early example comes when the ubiquitous protagonist Robert Langdon arrives in Washington by private jet. In a particularly mundane exchange, he is told that he would look good in a tie. He hates ties. Suddenly the reader is treated to a history of ties involving Roman orators and Croat mercenaries. It is as if Brown wants us to think that he is a great scholar rather than a deft hand at computer searching.
Dan Brown, unfortunately, is not the only person who might be guilty of this.