Brown has weird ideas about policing and seems to think Interpol is a super police force.
When he’s collected from his hotel Langdon asks the policeman who collected him from his hotel how they knew which hotel he was at “I assume," Langdon said, "that the American University of Paris told you where I was staying?" The driver shook his head. "Interpol." Interpol, Langdon thought. Of course. He had forgotten that the seemingly innocuous request of all European hotels to see a passport at check-in... On any given night all across Europe, Interpol officers could pinpoint exactly who was sleeping where."
When he’s chasing after Sophie & Langdon in Paris Fache (who Brown says is in the French equivalent of the FBI) calls Interpol and thinks “Even a trained field agent would be lucky to withstand the pressure that Interpol was about to apply. A female cryptologist and a schoolteacher? They wouldn't last till dawn. ..." Would a US FBI officer call Interpol when chasing a suspect in the US? Of course not, why does Brown seem to think that Interpol is policing France?
This is utterly ridiculous. Interpol is an agency that facilitates communications between police forces in different countries. It would have no interest in chasing a French murder suspect within France.
And the idea that Interpol monitors hotel guests is just ludicrous, if its done at all in France, it’s the job of the French police.
In the olden days the local police officer used to visit hotels in the evening and take the registration card with passport details, but its today its rare you are asked to show you passport at check in, there’s a space on the registration form to enter a passport number in some European countries but they don’t check to see if you have.
Throughout the book people are phoning Interpol to report things – nonsense.
And when the plane lands in England. “The chief inspector repositioned himself to block Teabing's progress away from the plane. "I am here at the orders of the French Judicial Police. They claim you are transporting fugitives from the law on this plane." Teabing stared at ..."
“at the orders of the French Judicial Police” ????? The French police cannot order the British police. They might request, and no British policeman would admit to being ‘ordered’ by the French. In fact, the French Judicial Police would probably go to the UK Home Office to ask co-operation.
And later on at the Opus Dei headquarters "This is the London police," the caller said. "We are trying to find an albino monk. We've had a tip-off that he might be there”
Who are the ‘London police’? No such beast. There is the City of London police force responsible for the ‘square mile’ financial district, but the rest of London is policed by the Metropolitan Police. And anyway – why risk alerting them, how do they know the suspect isn’t answering the phone? The cops would surely ask a patrol car to go along and check