OK, he's won the Edgar Award and been nominated for nearly every other award in the world. All of his books are bestsellers - people will buy them regardless of the plot but just because his name is on the cover. He's a fine writer and a dazzling plotter and, before he conquered the world of mystery and crime fiction, he was a noted crime journalist. He's had a couple of his books made into successful Big Hollywood Movies. He's probably got actors and politicians and jazz musicians on his speed dial - probably royalty, too. He plays poker with Castle.
He's also a very nice, down-to-earth guy.
But can he throw a sliding curve over the inside of the plate that leaves the batter's knees quivering?