Crichton Technique

I read State of Fear by Michael Crichton over the weekend.  It was an interesting book, but I noticed something strange.  Male character were always referred to by their last name (not including dialogue).  Female characters were always referred to by their first name.  Even weirder, characters from “exotic” countries like Nepal are also referred to by their first name (e.g. “Sanjong Thapa” is “Sanjong” throughout the book).

Does this mean anything?  Is there something going on here?

–YY

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