Today’s Hall of Shame entry is brought to you by a book published by one of the Big Six New York publishers.

…the sun was high in the sky, well past its zenith.

Finding errors like this pulls me out of a book. This book’s editor should have caught both this error and the one that shortly followed, all leaving the reader with no real idea of what the heck time of day the author is talking about.

If you look up the definition of “zenith”, you will find the following in the online version of the Miriam-Webster Dictionary:

the highest point reached in the heavens by a celestial body

So if the sun was high in the sky, it could not have been well past its zenith. If it was high in the sky, it would have been near its zenith.