I used to assume editors worked long and hard to help an author shape and mold a raw manuscript into publishable form. But as I read more books I'm beginning to wonder if most editors now are more like packagers and marketers. I'm always running across books from major houses with noticable errors in them--factual ones usually. And some with too much turgid writing and filler material. Contrast Flesh and Blood by Jefferson Bass, which I think needed to be edited down to a more focused story, with Michael Connolly's Echo Park, an easy, focused read.
Well, so much for my two cents worth. Having given this hornet's nest a swat, I'm heading for cover.